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OHMI Conference shines a light on adapted instruments for people with disabilities

10th July 2018

The 2018 OHMI Conference will bring together its annual OHMI awards with a major conference for academics and practitioners in which the barriers to music-making faced by those with physical disabilities will be explored. It will bring together current and planned research with the experiences of disabled musicians, teachers, and the work of charities and government agencies.

Recently developed instrument designs will also be demonstrated like the ‘KellyCaster’. John Kelly and Charles Matthews developed the KellyCaster collaboratively at a Drake Music DMLab. The instrument was created for John, while Charles developed the code and electronics. It is essentially an accessible guitar with physical strings and a digital fretboard, allowing the performer to play the guitar with just one finger. John’s and Charles’ presentation will give two distinct voices on the issues of adapting instruments for people with disabilities.


The conference is fully accessible and discounts are available. For more details and to book your tickets, go to: