Musicians with disabilities embracing virtual reality


| A new project is helping musicians to play specially designed VR instruments.

We take pride in our recent appearance on BBC News NI, where we had the opportunity to highlight the remarkable and ongoing efforts of our tutors, musicians, and partners at Drake Music NI.

This project represents a partnership with Queen’s University Belfast and is a joint effort with Damian Mills, our senior tutor and PhD researcher. Through Damian’s research, musicians are empowered to use digital VR instruments that he has personally designed and created.

“I used to play instruments all the time and then I thought that was over for me, but actually it was only beginning.”

A performance by the musicians Christine Williamson, Mary-Louise McCord and Gary Wylie alongside the Ulster Orchestra as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival.

Ulster University’s (UU) new Belfast campus was the venue and they were also joined by the UU’s Acoustronic group.

| Full article on BBC News NI by Niall McCracken:

Musician Christine Williamson wearing VR headset while playing instrument with her hand.