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Music, Creativity and Innovation in Challenging Settings – in partnership with Ableton


We are finalising the programme for this year’s Challenging Circumstances Network Conference, ‘Music, creativity and innovation in challenging settings’.  We are delighted to announce that this year’s conference will be hosted in partnership with leading music software company, Ableton.

This conference will bring together a broad spectrum of practitioners, music professionals and entrepreneurs and the programme will run as follows:


09:45 –  Registration and refreshments

10:15 – Welcome and keynote speech: Nesta Programme Manager, educator and author, Oliver Quinlan

11:00 – Break-out 1: A session on a project from SERIOUS on Music in PRU’s – Gawain Hewitt and Chris Sharkey

              Break-out 2: Live demonstration from Joel Cahen for one of Sound Connections’ ‘Innovate’ projects, Liquid Vibrations

11:45 – Break & refreshments

12:15 – Presentation: Using Ableton Live in the classroom and Wired4Music –  A live demonstration from Ableton certified trainer, Simon Lyon, presenting Ableton Live and Push

13:00 – Lunch

14:00 – Break-out 1: ‘Accessible Music Technology’ – Gary Day, Drake Music 

             Break-out 2: ‘Ableton Live in the classroom’

14:45 – Panel discussion with audience Q&A followed by networking time           

Gawain Hewitt (Chair)

Tony Nwachuku

P Bone


Andrea Spain – Animate Orchestra, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

James Thomas – Head of Music Service, Hackney Learning Trust

15:30 – Networking during which Ableton will be available to demo Live and Push

16:00 – Close


The event will take place in the beautiful Toynbee Hall on Wednesday 19 November, and booking is open now – this is an unmissable event in the Sound Connections calendar, so make sure you secure your place soon.

Generous group bookings and student discounts are available – along with discounts for CC Network and LEYMN members. For enquiries, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of the Sound Connections team.

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