Call out for disabled composer

Chris Joseph

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Liquid Vibrations is looking for a musician identifying as Disabled for a unique professional development opportunity comprising a commission to create a piece of music and a number of mentoring sessions.


Liquid Vibrations is an organisation that has pioneered the practice of Musical Hydrotherapy, which combines underwater sound with aquatic bodywork support techniques. You can see videos of our work on our website:

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, the commissioned music piece will be played during our tour of SEN/D schools between May and Sept this year. The music will be played underwater in the schools’ hydrotherapy pools to a floating audience of school staff and students. The music piece will also feature on the playlist we send to the UK schools we have trained to deliver Musical Hydrotherapy.


The commission is to create a new piece of music between 10min – 20min long to be used on the Musical Hydrotherapy tour. The piece will be played through underwater speakers installed in the schools’ hydrotherapy pools and should take account of this in its composition and sound design.

We are looking for music that encourages the relaxation and deep listening that enhances the experience of those undertaking Musical Hydrotherapy. We are looking for music that supports this but that also invokes attention and a sense of otherworldliness.

The commission fee is £750.

There will be three mentoring sessions with Liquid Vibrations’ Artistic Director, Joel Cahen  throughout the composition period. Joel has pioneered Musical Hydrotherapy and has been composing music for underwater listening in the past 13 years. The mentoring sessions will be an opportunity to learn more about Musical Hydrotherapy practice, develop your own work in this direction and make the most of the unique environment in which your piece will be played. Mentoring sessions will be held remotely, we will discuss the most accessible way of doing this with the selected composer. More on Joel’s work on

There is a budget for recording musicians and studio time and this will be discussed separately. In addition, we can support any access needs you may have. The composition will need to be ready by the 24th April 2022.



To apply for this opportunity, please provide the following information, either as an email, video or in another format that is accessible to you:

  • A summary of your work to date, outlining your suitability for this opportunity
  • Why you would like to do this project
  • How you would like to use the mentoring sessions available
  • Links to examples of your work

Please send your application to by the 30th Jan with the subject line: Commission application.

You can also contact Joel if you have any questions about the opportunity.

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