Kitted Out – one year on

It’s now a year since fantastic support from Insurance Brokers Keegan & Pennykid enabled us to buy an 8 piece Roland Digital Drum kit and Handsonic for our child and adult musicians with disabilities to play.

Over the past 12 months, the Digital Drum kit has played a key part in our projects including:

– our year-round musicSPACE one-to-one and group tuition programme in our Craigmillar studio for children and adults with disabilities

– rehearsals and performances of our rock bands Liveheart and Audability

– our performances of New Music 20×12 Technophonia at The Queen’s Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Southbank Centre, London in June and July 2012

Rhythm for Life at Livingston’s Howden Park Centre in October, part of Luminate – Scotland’s first Festival of Creativity for Older People.

Antony rehearsing the Handsonic, one of the instruments he played in Technophonia (with composer Oliver Searle).

“The Digital Drum Kit has been a terrific addition to our instrumental resource” says Drake Music Scotland Technology Officer Rick Bamford “not only can you programme the kit to play anyone of hundreds of different percussion instruments, our participants can plug in headphones to practise silently when they don’t feel ready for others to hear them playing a piece yet”

The Drum kit being played by Finnish over-70s female rockband Riskirhyma at Rhythm for Life at Howden Park Centre

















The purchase of the Drum Kit was made possible through an Arts & Business New Arts Sponsorship Grant for Insurance brokers Keegan & Pennykid’s sponsorship of Arts & Business Scotland and Drake Music Scotland.