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Meet our new Programme Manager at The Drake Music Project!

Meike is originally from East Germany and came to Northern Ireland in 1990. Upon arriving in Belfast, she soon got involved in Musical Theatre in a production of ‘Oklahoma!’. Meike became a member of Belfast Operatic Company and performed in many shows with them. She also has performed in shows with other companies including St. Agnes’ Choral Society, Bangor Operatic Society and Lisnagarvey Operatic Society. Since joining The Ulster Operatic Company in 2001 Meike has been an integral part of the rejuvenation of the Company, serving as Secretary and Production Manager on the committee for over 10 years. She has performed in pretty much everything the Company has put on since then with her favourites being ‘West Side Story’, ‘Rent’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. Meike also served as Academy Manager in the Ulster Youth Academy, an academy for young people to learn stage craft and offering performing opportunities.

In her professional life, Meike has been working for many years as a Business Consultant, assisting New Start Businesses fulfil their dreams, developing and writing business plans and financial forecasts as well as training and mentoring with new and existing businesses. Her passion in the business world lies with working in the third sector helping Social Enterprises to set up, develop and grow.

Meike is passionate about many things, including Musical Theatre, all sorts of sport, especially motor sport, football and rugby. She loves to travel and ensures to visit her German family regularly.

Meike is delighted to be working with the Drake Music Project as Programme Manager.

If your organisation, school or any individual with a disability is interested in our special Music Workshops, including our ‘Music for All’ workshops aimed at anyone experiencing a disability of any kind or our ‘Sound Memories’ workshops aimed at people experiencing early to medium stages of dementia, then please get in touch with Meike who will be delighted to get it all organised for you.

Contact Details:

Mob: 07725838504

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Making music is uplifting, will boost confidence, develop skills, widen their experience and address self self-esteem issues.

Drake Music Project Northern Ireland have recently been given the green light to promote a programme of work aimed at elderly people with early and medium stages of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Music is a wonderful tool with the ability to aid unlocking precious memories and to relieve symptoms and the onset of their illness. Funding for over 100 workshops in Nursing homes and Day Care Centres has been awarded.

Based on research carried out by Drake Music NI Associated Musicians in a pilot project and taster workshops, instrumental reminiscence using music was found to be incredibly beneficial through increased social interaction, vocal fluency, recall, emotional expression, better mood and a better quality of life. Research has also shown that music has a transforming effect on people that appear to be in a vegetative state and can no longer  talk, where it becomes an avenue for stimulating parts of the unaffected brain improving general awareness.

The Sound Memories programme participants will directly benefit from the music sessions. Often participants are unable to communicate their needs. Music as a reminiscence tool will aim to give older people that are experiencing life changes a chance to connect to their past, have fun, and remember how music makes them feel. Not just recreational, the fun workshops in Day Care settings will promote interactions and better connections when smiles and a relaxed atmosphere helps address anxieties which can often cause low mood and isolation. it helps them, and their carers, to feel that life is worthwhile.
We are seeking groups that will appreciate this service, so if you would like to find out more about how Drake Music NI can come to your centre and provide this service, contact Meike White on 07725838504 or drop her an email:
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Musician Tim Leathem and sister Helen show off the impressive computerised music technology installed in Drake Music’s new state-of-the-art studio on the Springfield Road in Belfast.
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Drake Music’s New Belfast Studio

On Thursday 10th December, Drake Music opened up their new studio space on the Springfield Road in Belfast.

Not too far from their previous studio in the Westlink studios, this new space is an upgrade with a large studio space, a smaller music room with storage, a reception area, kitchen and office, with disabled access toilets opposite the studio door. This new space will enable Drake Music NI to double the amount of people it works with.

Already a new intake of Drake Music Associated Musicians are being trained ready for the increased capacity.

Drake Music NI’s new premises on the Springfield Road will enable it to double the number of people it works with using its unique computer music technology. The charity receives core funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The new space has a large central area capable of accommodating 16 musicians and two smaller workshop spaces making a total capacity of 20 – more than double their old studio.

The space is very versatile, totally accessible and allows for the full range of workshop in composition, performance skills, Djing and recording.

Attendees at the official launch were treated a mix of music and mince pies.

While enjoying the spread on offer, a montage of the previous year’s work by the Belfast based Drake Music NI’s Wired project, who also played a live adaptation of their latest music creation. Videos highlighting their work were then presented to the audience of funding bodies and service user groups who came to see what Drake could offer as Music Suppliers specialising in enablement and music composition.

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Image: Mary Louise, Davy and Niall played at the opening of Drake Music’s new state-of-the-art studios.

The new studio space is available for groups who wish to partake in the latest state of the art music making equipment and our experienced Associate Musicians trained in music facilitation.

Michelle would especially like to thank the landlord, Granite Properties, who have been incredibly supportive in their adaptation of the building to the needs of disabled musicians and carers.

Drake Music has not only increased capacity but it also has additional equipment to do outreach work throughout the city. People can either come to the Drake studios or the charity’s specially trained music technology tutors can visit schools, day centres, arts centres, youth clubs and hospitals – they are completely flexible.

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Drake Music Project Northern Ireland – Celebrating 21 Years Of Music Making!

Drake Music Project Northern Ireland exists to afford musicians with & without disabilities of all ages the opportunity to independently compose and perform their own music using unique music technology. We are 21 years old this month!
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Access To Drake Music – Training Program Launch

The Drake Music Project Northern Ireland are launching a new series of our bespoke training course to add to the skills base of the Project, creating new associate musicians to delivery our artistic activities.

The Drake Music Project Northern Ireland are launching a new series of our  bespoke training course to add to the skills base of the Project, creating associate musicians with all of the skills required to be able to manage and deliver our wide range of workshops, ensemble activities and development project across Northern Ireland.


The new course will commence on 29th October and run until mid-December, based at our studio locations in Belfast and Newry.


Content and time commitment will include:

8 sessions of 4 hours contact teaching time with Drake music associates  – 8 days.

3 sessions of 5 hours contact teaching with external trainers (Skoog Scotland, SoundBeam UK, and Disability Awareness) – 3 days.

2 hours per week for 8 weeks shadow workshop activity.

4 hours per week Drake studio access time with Drake associate on location.


Further details, entry requirements and course costs and terms are available from: