In our OrchLab workshops, participants make and perform music together using a range of instruments, including percussion, digital instruments, and their voices. The team at Drake Music have designed and created a set of touch instruments which make traditional orchestral instruments more accessible to OrchLab participants.
The Touch Harp is an accessible version of the harp, an orchestral instrument which has 47 strings!
Watch the video below for more information about the Touch Harp and how it is performed.
- You can find out more about the orchestral harp with our principal harpist Rachel Masters on the OrchMap
- You can learn about our other touch instruments with our introductions to the Touch Oboe and the Touch Trombone
- OrchLab participants can have a go at playing the touch instruments in our OrchLab workshops. You can find out more about our OrchLab sessions in our 2022 OrchLab film: Appalachian Spring
- Drake Music have also created digital instruments, the Soundmakers, which you can use to create your own music. See this article for some activities to try with the Soundmakers