Changing Lives..​.

About Us

Limelight Music is the only Scottish Music Organisation funded directly by The Scottish Government Equalities Department and is the largest employer of musicians with impairments in Scotland. We enhance employment prospects for disabled people by implementing early intervention music training projects within schools, where we provide performing arts training sessions for over 1,200 school pupils and 300 disabled adults each year The organisation encourages, organises and promotes collaboration between Special Educational Needs and Mainstream Schools throughout the country. Here our work helps children find new ways in which to express their feelings, ideas, thoughts and emotions, leading to increased confidence and self-belief. Our workshop tutors include talented disabled musicians and educational arts practitioners who consider themselves as vital role models and mentors for future generations.

History/Background to Limelight Music

In 1989, as part of the build up to Glasgow becoming the European City of Culture, Gordon Dougall was employed as musical director/composer on City (written by John McGrath, directed by Alan Lyddiard, commissioned by Bob Palmer for Glasgow City Council). While working on this production, Gordon observed that a number of people with disabilities were brought into the project very late in the process, giving them less opportunity to participate fully.

In the course of the project Gordon recognised that the disabled participants needed specialised help and resources in order to be fully involved in music activities. The following year, Gordon raised money with help from the Orpheus Trust to create music courses specifically designed for disabled people. This later led to the formation of Sounds of Progress, a charity that specialised in being able to adapt existing educational techniques to devise a fully inclusive training programme for people with disabilities. The charity changed its name to Limelight Music in 2010 on the advice of the in-house professional musicians with impairments who felt the company needed a new vision, direction and image as a building based music production and training organisation.

Artistic Director – Gordon Dougall

Gordon is the founder and Artistic Director of Glasgow’s Limelight Music whose mentorship skills have aided the careers of many of Scotland’s disabled musicians and performers. An experienced musical director, composer, writer and theatre director he has worked in the arts and entertainment business for over 35 years with Bell Records, Chapel Music London, Red Ladder Theatre, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Dundee Rep, National Theatre of Romania, Merlin Theatre Budapest, Parapanda Arts Lab Tanzania, MacRobert, Communicado, TAG Theatre, The Citizens Theatre, Fittings Multi Media Arts and Wildcat Stage Productions, He was also the Musical Director/Composer for the Kings Theatre Glasgow for four years.

He is a multi-award winning artist who has been director and co-writer of many successful Tron Theatre Pantomimes and as a composer has produced many scores for feature films and television. From 1989 until 1995 Gordon shared the post of in-house composer with Craig Armstrong during Michael Boyd’s reign as artistic director of The Tron Theatre. He Directed and co-wrote the TMA award nominated music production Katie Morag for Mull Theatre and was musical director for the Forbes Masson shows Crackers, Stiff! and Mince?

Limelight Music

Unit 233
The Briggait
141 Bridgegate
Glasgow
G1 5HZ

Company Info

Company No: SC133290
Charity No: SC019831

Contact Us

Tel: 0141 548 8929
Email: info@​limelightmusic.org.uk