Young DaDa Ensemble 2015/ 2016

Young DaDa Ensemble is the expansion of a successful pilot project to deliver accessible music-based activities to 70 young people in Liverpool over a period of two years. It will present progression routes for aspiring musicians, provide musical role models and help affect organisational change.

The project has two strands, each relating to different levels of musical proficiency for young people who are disabled, deaf or living with long term illness or conditions aged 11-20 from Merseyside.

Explore: Weekly workshops for a group of up to 10 young people on Wednesdays from 4pm to 6pm at Resonate Liverpool’s Music Hub, including taster sessions, visits to performances, culminating in a peer performance.

Evolve: Weekly workshops to form of a music-making group who will meet on Mondays from 4pm to 6pm at Resonate Liverpool’s Music Hub, the young people will decide on the genre and style of music, advised and guided by professional music-leaders, working towards Arts Awards and a celebratory performance.

Please read the blog from our Project Coordinator Rachel Curson about her first year on the Ensemble here: 2016 08 18 YDDE – Youth Music Blog (2).

Check out a video about the project here:

Access support and transport will be provided for young people to attend and take part in the workshops.

The project is being delivered with specialist partners (DaDaFest, Drake Music, Live Music Now and Resonate Liverpool’s Music Hub) with funding from the Youth Music, the project will develop disabled young people’s musical skills, increase self-confidence and future prospects. It will also produce original research into the barriers faced by young disabled musicians to access music provision and influence the accessibility of music provision across the region.

Project Musician Performs on BBC Radio 5 Live
Young DaDa Ensemble members are mentored and developed by professional musicians. One of whom, Delia Stevens, recently featured on BBC Radio 5 Live – utilising office equipment to produce a percussion piece! Take a look here:

Xander and the Peace Pirates
Our Ensemble groups were treated to a performance from local band, Xander and the Peace Pirates. The duo went on to help the groups record their own song! Read the full story and check out pictures, here.

XatPP Collage

Craig’s story – Short case study film
Resonate Music Hub have made a short case study film about Craig’s story. Craig is a Young DaDa member and also has support with 1:1 music lessons from Resonate. View the video below:

To express an interest in the project and for further information, please contact:
Sam Wade, Arts Manager – Young People at DaDaFest
Tel: 0151 703 2258 / Email:

Check out what happened on the Young DaDa Ensemble 2014 project, here.


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