Eleanor Philpot

Disability music festival, Fast Forward Festival, will take place in Birmingham

4:41, 2nd September 2019

Taking place on 24 October, the festival will champion inclusivity and question expectations surrounding disability in music

Featuring a key-note speech from Jess Thom (known for her theatre project, Tourette’s Hero), as well as a performance from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Resound – the first disabled led ensemble to ever perform at the BBC proms – inclusivity will be at the heart of the event, making a case for more equality in music education and the industry.

The event will also include case studies from the likes Drake music, the National Open Youth Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra who will reflect on the excellent work being carried out by local music communities across the U.K

Previously held at the Colston Hall in Bristol, the festival is being newly homed at the Midlands Art Centre in Birmingham.

Holly Radford, producer of MAC makes music, says: ‘MAC is proud to be hosting and co-producing Fast Forward Festival 2019 with NCIE. This as an important moment for inclusive practice, offering a vital platform to advocate for positive change across the music industry. It’s a key date for anyone working within the music sector, with genuinely great opportunities to hear from outstanding contributors from across the country – so don’t miss out, book now!’

Siggy Patchitt, head of the national centre for inclusive excellence, Bristol Music Trust, adds: ‘If you are a venue, an orchestra, a music education hub, or anyone working in the music industry, and are interested in exploring how inclusion is driving the creative and cultural development of some of the UK’s leading arts organisations, Fast Forward Festival is unmissable.’

For more information about the event visit: macbirmingham.co.uk

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