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Harry Potter and Disability: An almost spoiler-free review of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

There are some definite perks when you are a disabled person or going out with one. Everyone knows about the parking, of course, but did you know that, just by being a crip or dating one, you can see the year’s most anticipated play, sold out until end of 2017, ...

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Challenging Spaces: Access and Performance Art – A roundtable discussion at Tempting Failure festival

Tempting Failure, a performance festival ran for its 5th year from July 21st – July 29th with events taking place in several venues in Hackney, London. After being held in London in its first year, the festival was held in Bristol for a few years until it returned to London. ...

Performer Liz Carr sits in a golden wheelchair on a red carpet with a male and a female actor posing beside her.

Sequins, show tunes and hard questions: A preview of ‘Assisted Suicide – The Musical’

After seeing a preview of ‘Assisted Suicide – The Musical’ on Saturday, I started writing about it, and then two things happened: The media reported enthusiastically about the ‘inspiring’ choice of Jerika Bolen, a disabled 14-year-old, to commit assisted suicide, her only wish being to be prom queen before ...

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Brian Lobel’s Purge at the Southbank: Social Media, Friendship and Love

At first glance, Brian Lobel’s ‘Purge’ is a game show about social media. The project started in 2011, when he gave strangers the opportunity to decide which ones of his 1300 facebook friends to keep and which ones to delete, having only a 60-second window to introduce each friend to ...

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New Score, New Head-Baton, and Ready to Make Some Noise!

This is my last blog article before the conducting development week at The Royal Academy of Music and things are hotting up. The score is ready and we now have a brand new version of the head baton. It has been interesting preparing the parts for the four instruments all be ...

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London, my London

London. It was a fluke, my moving here and nearly 20 years ago now... Oh I had visited - weekend trips and skives off school (I was a boarder down in Hampshire. Lunchtime concerts at the Royal Festival Hall (amazing how appealing classical music becomes when you have Saturday lessons!), then ...

portrait of disabled conductor James Rose wearing a conductor's head baton

The Physicality of Conducting

Whilst at the Royal Academy of Music, I have learnt many things. Whilst watching a conducting student practicing and being taught by Sian Edwards (RA Head of Conducting), you’ll often see the other conducting students moving their hands and or batons in the air internalising the instruction and music. At ...

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Art, music and new accessible technologies

Things are really happening with new arts technologies, particularly in (assistive Music Technology) AMT. Yes I am back with Drake Music Connect & Collaborate, trying to drum up, or tap out interest for London based artists/ musicians in getting together for monthly meetings, the first being in the Sackler Space ...

portrait of disabled conductor James Rose wearing a conductor's head baton

Why Conducting?

So why get into a really weird and specialised art form about which few people understand? I have set my sights high in committing to the journey of music conducting, I know, but it feels right. Whilst I was preparing my application to the Arts Council, I was asked to write ...

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Who Am I?

As I enter the Who Am I? gallery in the Science Museum I am struck by the scale and futuristic quality of the space. Space age style pods investigate human character traits and row upon row of large glass cases filled with a multiplicity of objects all explore our understanding ...