2018 Resources

Disability and Music

UKDHM 2018 will focus on Disability and Music. We want to explore the links between the experience of disablement in a world where the barriers people with impairments face can be overwhelming. Yet the creative impulse and urge for self expression and the need to connect to our fellow human beings often ‘trumps’ the oppression we as disabled people have faced, do face and will face in the future.




Unlimited Cards for Inclusion

Resources > Cards for Inclusion – a new way to play access Close up of two people sitting at a table talking. In front of them they have a few cards laid out and a piece of paper. Cards for Inclusion – a new way to play access 30 October 2018 Resources Unlimited aims to […]

Al-Nourwal Amal Orchestra , Blind Players, Cairo

The Al-Nourwal Amal Orchestra in Cairo has only blind female musicians using Braille notation and memory to play high class western Symphony music and regularly tour the world. The Al Nour Wal Amal Association is a non-profit institution in Egypt that provides blind women with education, literacy programmes, and professional training. It is best known […]

Inner Vision Blind Orchestra

INDIAN MAESTRO BALUJI SHRIVASTAV, OBE BRINGS MUSICIANS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WHO ARE BLIND OR PARTIALLY SIGHTED IN THE INNER VISION ORCHESTRA INNER VISION ORCHESTRA is the UK’s only Blind Orchestra. It’s aim is to promote blind & visually impaired musicians to address the imbalance of their absence in most of the music industry in […]

Ian Curtis (Joy Division) 1956–1980. Depression and Epilepsy

Curtis performing live with Joy Division at the Mayflower in Manchester in 1979 Background information Birth name Ian Kevin Curtis Born 15 July 1956 Stretford, Lancashire, England Died 18 May 1980 (aged 23) Macclesfield, Cheshire, England Genres Post-punk[1] gothic rock Occupation(s) Singer-songwritermusician Instruments Vocalsguitarmelodicasynthesizer Years active 1976–1980Labels Factory Associated acts Joy Division Website joydivisionofficial.com Ian […]

Deaf Rave Deaf people face barriers all the time.Troi Lee

Deaf people face barriers all the time. I’m determined to make sure we can enjoy music too Troi LeeWednesday 24 Oct 2018 Deaf Rave is an event designed specifically for deaf clubbers and performers (Picture: Mohamed Zahid) Deaf people face barriers all the time. It’s no coincidence that deafness is known as an ‘invisible disability’. Isolation, […]

Charles Hazelwood’s Paraorchestra

One from the heart: Charles Hazlewood’s Paraorchestra https://www.theguardian.com/music/2012/jun/27/charles-hazlewood-british-paraorchestra On 1 July, an orchestra made up of 18 disabled musicians will play their first concert. Charles Hazlewood reveals what inspired him to bring them together Charles Hazlewood Wed 27 Jun 2012 19.31 BSTFirst published on Wed 27 Jun 2012 19.31 BST  Musical bravery … Charles Hazlewood (third from left) with […]

Resound Ensemble Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Left to right: Roger Preston, Philip Howells, James Rose, Matthew Scott, Kate Risdon, Siobhan Clough and Charlotte Bott. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian The BSO has gone a stage further, treating music-making by disabled musicians as one of its core activities. Resound’s six musicians perform as a self-contained group, but also play as members […]

James Rose trainee conductor Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Cerebral Palsy

“Music is an extremely important part of my life. Not only is it the career I’ve chosen to pursue but it’s also integral to my personal life. Music has an amazing ability to lift moods, I think that’s because it’s capable of saying things without words. From a young age, I’ve had a longstanding desire […]

Evelyn Glennie, 1965– World leading percussionist, deaf

“Our vision is a society where communication and social cohesion are improved by the act of listening” “My first experience with percussion was seeing and being inspired by my school orchestra at the age of 12. I knew I needed something else to go alongside my piano playing, which was my main instrument at the […]

Connee/Connie Boswell 1907–1976. Jazz/Popular singer, polio survivor

“Connie Boswell (1907-76) was a white southern singer from New Orleans, first with two family members in a close harmony vocal trio as the Boswell Sisters in the 1930s, when they were major radio stars across the US, and then as a solo artist, and in an enduring set of duets with singer and film […]

Ian Dury 1942–2000. Rock Performer and song writer, polio survivor

“Ian Dury (1942-2000), that ‘flaw of the jungle’, produced a remarkable and sustained body of work that explored issues of disability, in both personal and social contexts, institutionalisation, and to a lesser extent the pop cultural tradition of disability”, George McKay 2009.   Ian contracted polio aged 7. After 6 weeks in a full plaster […]

Jerome Felder AKA Doc Promus 1925–1991. Writer of popular songs, blues singer and polio survivor

Brooklyn-born Jewish Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus (1925-1991), then emerged as one of the most brilliant songwriters of the early rock and roll era. His songs embody a greater emotional depth and dark pathos not heard in most of the work at the time :- Save the […]

Joni Mitchell 1943– Singer Songwriter. Polio survivor

Joni Mitchell ~1943 Singer Song Writer Polio Survivor From Wikipedia, Roberta Joan Mitchell, CC (née Anderson; born November 7, 1943), professionally known as Joni Mitchell, is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Drawing from folk, pop, rock, and jazz, Mitchell’s songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment, and joy. She has received many accolades, including […]

Ray Charles 1930–2004, Blind Rhythm and Blues Singer

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ray Charles Robinson[note 1] (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), known professionally as Ray Charles, was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and composer. Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called “Brother Ray”. He was often referred to as “The Genius”.Charles was blind from the age of seven. He pioneered the soul music genre […]

Itzhak Perlman 1945– Polio-surviving classical violinist

Itzhak Perlman (Hebrew: יצחק פרלמן‎; born 31 August 1945) is an Israeli-American violinist, conductor, and music teacher. Over the course of his career, Perlman has performed worldwide, and throughout the United States, in venues that have included a State Dinner at the White Househonoring Queen Elizabeth II, and a Presidential Inauguration, and he has conducted the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Westchester Philharmonic. In […]

Andrea Bocelli 1958– Opera singer, blind

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Andrea Bocelli,  (Italian pronunciation: [anˈdrɛːa boˈtʃɛlli]; born 22 September 1958) is an Italian singer, songwriter, and record producer. Celine Dion has said that “if God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli,” and David Foster, a record producer, often describes Bocelli’s voice as the most beautiful in […]

Who is Johnny Crescendo 1945–

This month (March 2015) is the 25th Anniversary of Richard Rieser and Micheline Mason’s report ‘Disability Equality in the Classroom: A Human Rights Issue’. To celebrate this milestone, the authors are holding a two-day conference from 20-21 March, a highlight of which will be a performance headlined by singer, songwriter Johnny Crescendo, the Disability Arts […]

Robert Wyatt 1945– Wheelchair-using musician

  Robert Wyatt (born Robert Wyatt-Ellidge, 28 January 1945) is an English musician, and founding member of the influential Canterbury scene band Soft Machine,with a long and distinguished solo career. He is married to English painter and songwriter Alfreda Benge. Early life Wyatt was born in Bristol. His mother was Honor Wyatt, a journalist with the BBC, and his father, George Ellidge, was an industrial psychologist. Wyatt […]

It’s Time to Confront the Erasure of Disability in Hip-Hop

It’s Time to Confront the Erasure of Disability in Hip-Hop      (Above: Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”, 2014) ​“When I was little…I had got into an accident and it gave me congenital glaucoma in both of my eyes,” rapper Fetty Wap stated in an interview with the Breakfast Club in 2015, after rumors swirled that […]

4 Wheel City Hip Hop

4 wheel city is a New York based duo of two black disabled wheelchair using rappers both injured by gun shots who promote disability equality and anti violence.

Keith Jones American Hip Hop Artist with Cerebral Palsy

Keith Jones American Hip Hop Artist with Cerebral Palsy https://youtu.be/fwT0ikKekCc?t=101 2.40 Dan Habib https://youtu.be/wFHshGDAU9Q?t=35  13.01 Un-Rapping Disability Keith Jones Joh Michalczk Film of Keith Jones featuring growing up disabled and black, becoming a disability rights activist and his music. https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/2017/02/24/leroy-moore-jr-and-keith-jones  Keith Jones and Leroy Moore talk about Disability and Hip Hop  Krip Hop Nation. Audio […]

Django Reinhardt 1910–1953, Jazz Guitarist

Django Reinhardt 1910- 1953 Jazz Guitarist Jean Reinhardt (23 January 1910 – 16 May 1953) stage name Django Reinhardt was a Belgian-born Romani–French jazz guitarist, musician and composer, regarded as one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century. He was the first jazz talent to emerge from Europe and remains the most significant. Django’s Impairment Before he had a chance to start with the band, […]

Diana Deedles Schurr, Blind Jazz singer and pianist

Diana Schuur: A leading vocalist in contemporary jazz, Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant.   Nicknamed “Deedles” as a child (her mother’s endearment), Tacoma-born Schuur grew up steeped in traditional American jazz, courtesy of both parents: David Schuur was a local police captain and amateur pianist, and Joanie Schuur kept a formidable […]

Art Tatum 1909–1956, Jazz Pianist, Blind

Art Tatum Jazz Pianist, Blind 1909-1956 Rare Footage Playing 1943 https://youtu.be/bzMyhzadzTQ?t=9 Tatum is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time. His performances were hailed for their technical proficiency and creativity, which set a new standard for jazz piano virtuosity. Critic Scott Yanow wrote, “Tatum’s quick reflexes and boundless imagination kept his improvisations filled with fresh (and […]

Talking Wheelchair Blues, Fred Smith,(1983)

Fred Smith, Talking Wheelchair Blues (1983) Frederick Emerson Small, known publicly as Fred Small, is an American singer-songwriter. He began his career as a lawyer and later became a Unitarian Universalist minister. His songs often make a political or ethical statement. Wikipedia Om his album Heart of Appolosa wrote and performed Talking Wheelchair Blues https://youtu.be/6-wMFuAUW3Q?t=3 This […]

UKDHM Supports the Day of Action on Wednesday November 21st Against Disability Discrimination in Education

UKDHM supports the Day of Action Against Disability Discrimination in Education. We are facing record cuts backs and quasi- privatisation in education which is leading to increasing disability discrimination angainst students and staff. This attack on disabled people’s rights is of historic proportions and is  moving disability equality and inclusion backwards. For more arguments on […]

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4 Wheel City Hip Hop

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Charles Hazelwood’s Paraorchestra

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Connee/Connie Boswell 1907–1976. Jazz/Popular singer, polio survivor

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Deaf Rave Deaf people face barriers all the time.Troi Lee

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Ian Curtis (Joy Division) 1956–1980. Depression and Epilepsy

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Ian Dury 1942–2000. Rock Performer and song writer, polio survivor

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It’s Time to Confront the Erasure of Disability in Hip-Hop

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Jerome Felder AKA Doc Promus 1925–1991. Writer of popular songs, blues singer and polio survivor

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Joni Mitchell 1943– Singer Songwriter. Polio survivor

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Keith Jones American Hip Hop Artist with Cerebral Palsy

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Ray Charles 1930–2004, Blind Rhythm and Blues Singer

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Robert Wyatt 1945– Wheelchair-using musician

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Al-Nourwal Amal Orchestra , Blind Players, Cairo

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Andrea Bocelli 1958– Opera singer, blind

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Charles Hazelwood’s Paraorchestra

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Evelyn Glennie, 1965– World leading percussionist, deaf

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Inner Vision Blind Orchestra

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Itzhak Perlman 1945– Polio-surviving classical violinist

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James Rose trainee conductor Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Cerebral Palsy

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Resound Ensemble Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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Art Tatum 1909–1956, Jazz Pianist, Blind

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Connee/Connie Boswell 1907–1976. Jazz/Popular singer, polio survivor

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Diana Deedles Schurr, Blind Jazz singer and pianist

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Django Reinhardt 1910–1953, Jazz Guitarist

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Inner Vision Blind Orchestra

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Jerome Felder AKA Doc Promus 1925–1991. Writer of popular songs, blues singer and polio survivor

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Ray Charles 1930–2004, Blind Rhythm and Blues Singer

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Inner Vision Blind Orchestra

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Joni Mitchell 1943– Singer Songwriter. Polio survivor

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Keith Jones American Hip Hop Artist with Cerebral Palsy

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Unlimited Cards for Inclusion

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