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Lucy Hale Day of Music, Disability and Technology: Evening Concert

Friday 3 February 2023, 8.00pm

RNCM Concert Hall

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As part of the RNCM’s first ever Disability Awareness Week, the College presents the Lucy Hale Day of Music, Disability and Technology, in collaboration with Drake Music, directed by composer Megan Steinberg and co-directed by composer Ben Lunn.

The day spotlights the work of disabled, d/Deaf and neurodivergent artists in the UK who use technology in innovative ways, and whose unique practices are driven by their differences, instead of conforming to non-disabled traditions. From  Clare Johnston’s iPad to Louis Palfrey’s Makey Makey Kits and Sonia Allori’s Electronic Wind Instrument, each artist and event provides new insight into technology, music and disability.

About Lucy Hale:

Lucy Hale was a composer and disability advocate, who died in January 2021. Lucy was known for her innovative approach to composition and her passion for breaking down barriers. In 2021 Lucy was planning to begin her PhD at the Royal Northern College of Music, in partnership with Drake Music and PRiSM, having won Collaborative Doctoral Award funding to investigate disability and accessibility through the composition of new works for accessible musical instruments. This research continues in her name, now carried out by Megan Steinberg, who will be showcasing some of her work at this celebration of Lucy’s life.

All events are free to attend and are as accessible as possible.

This event is made possible by NWCDTP who are supporting Megan Steinberg’s Lucy Hale Doctoral Award, a Composition PhD in association with Drake Music exploring and widening accessibility in music.


8pm – 9pm / RNCM Concert Hall
Evening Concert

The day culminates in a concert of world premières from artistic partnerships between PRiSM and Drake Music.

Sarah Fisher Mysteries of my mind (world première)
Bofan Man, Sarah Fisher keyboard/piano/percussion

Oliver Vibrans Hatchet Job (world première)
Tilly Chester viola

Megan Steinberg This is happening (world première)
Kathryn Williams flute
Sonia Allori electronic wind instrument (EWI)


Day ticket (access to all events throughout the day, including the Evening Concert):
Free admission, ticket required (limited availability)

Evening Concert ticket only
Free admission, ticket required

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Friday 3 February 2023, 8.00pm - Free with ticket