DaDaFest BSL Video
30 Apr 2019

Pupils invited to music premiere!


Thursday 11 July
2 – 3pm

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Schools across the UK are invited to experience the excitement of DaDaFest Scratch by tuning into the free Connect:Resound live broadcast. 

The DaDaFest Ensemble’s performance for schools will be live-streamed from Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic on 11 July from 2 – 3pm. Their set will be the culmination of a ten-week development project and will include the premiere of a new composition, called ‘Music for Friends’ created by DaDaFest Ensemble musicians and the lead composers Ben Lunn and Carmel Smickersgill.  

There will also be opportunities for the online audience to join in – no instruments required! 

To tune in, schools simply go to and take part via their classroom whiteboards. 

DaDaFest Scratch at Liverpool Philharmonic is the first of a series of events hosted by the disability and D/deaf arts organisation DaDaFest. These events are an opportunity for developing artists who identify as disabled or D/deaf to showcase their work. Crucially, it’s also a chance for feedback from an audience, using this experience to inform and influence future practice.

Connect: Resound is a project run by youth music charity NYMAZ which uses technology to create more music education and enrichment opportunities for children and young people. This is the first time they have worked with DaDaFest which is an innovative disability and D/deaf arts organisation based in Liverpool. 

Sarah McWatt, Director of NYMAZ, says: “We believe that all young people should have the opportunity to make and experience music, whatever their location or circumstances. Our live broadcasts are free of charge to enable schools across the country to introduce students to the joy of live music, without having to leave the classroom.  We can’t wait to showcase DaDaFest Ensemble and we hope that the developing artists will inspire the online audience to make music themselves. We hope you can join us!” 

Richard Nutter, Executive Director of DaDaFest, continues: “We are delighted to be working with NYMAZ to broadcast DaDaFest Scratch into classrooms across the UK. DaDaFest Scratch events are a key moment in our calendar where the developing artists we work with have an opportunity to showcase their exceptional talents. This performance will be no exception and we are thrilled to be streaming it live from the prestigious Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.”


There is a free learning pack aimed at Key Stages 2, 3, and 4 available for teachers to download from 


Notes to editors

About Connect: Resound/

Connect: Resound is a pioneering digital music education project, led by youth music charity NYMAZ, to enable more children and young people to receive music-making and enrichment opportunities using online technologies.  Initially focused on using technology to overcome the barriers to music education presented by rural isolation - namely, travel times and cost - Connect: Resound is now exploring how its model of music education can respond to other challenges to children’s music-making. These range from mental health issues to excluded children.

The project is led by youth music development charity, NYMAZ ( and delivered in partnership with technical lead UCan Play (, Music Education Hubs, Music Organisations, orchestras and venues, as well as primary, secondary and special schools across England. Connect: Resound is currently funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation Education and Learning Through the Arts Fund and Music for All. 

About NYMAZ/

NYMAZ is a youth music charity which believes that all children and young people should have access to high quality music making opportunities, no matter what their circumstances or geographic location. It delivers high-quality music-making activities across North Yorkshire and runs professional networks to support the sector. NYMAZ has particular specialisms around rural isolation and digital innovation in the delivery of music tuition. NYMAZ is part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England.


About DaDaFest 

DaDaFest is an innovative and cutting edge disability and D/deaf arts organisation based in Liverpool that was established in 1984.  

Its vision is to inspire, develop and celebrate talent and excellence in disability and D/deaf arts. 

Find out more 

About Liverpool Philharmonic

Founded in 1840 by a group of Liverpool music-lovers, Liverpool Philharmonic is unique in being the only UK music organisation combining an award-winning professional symphony orchestra, a premier concert venue in the  Grade II*-listed 1700-seater Hall, and smaller scale Music Room, and a learning programme that is recognised nationally as a leader in its field. 

The organisation presents a distinctive, ambitious and entertaining live music programme of over 450 concerts and events annually, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and its associated ensembles at its heart.  The artistic programme covers a diverse range of great music from the classical repertoire across the centuries in the passionate belief that orchestral music is a living, contemporary and thrilling art form;  the programme supports new music - Liverpool Philharmonic has presented more than 160 commissions and premieres in the last decade and over 230 this century - and welcomes international guest artists to the  from across classical, rock, pop and other music genres attended by 340,000 people annually.

 In 2018, Liverpool Philharmonic provided 6,000 learning sessions for more than 80,000 children, families and adults.  18,000 children from more than 200 schools attend annual schools concerts performed by the Orchestra.

Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company provides an inspiring, creative, and inclusive environment for 850 talented young musiciansto develop skills, gain experience, collaborate with their peers, work and perform with professional artists and leading creative organisations. 

2019 marks 10 years of Liverpool Philharmonic’s ground-breaking In Harmony Liverpool programme which reaches more than 1500 children and their families in North Liverpool using symphonic music-making to improve the life chances of children by increasing confidence, wellbeing, skills and resilience, enhanced by opportunities to travel, learn, perform and collaborate with professional musicians, international artists and other young people. 


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