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Our History

A female aquatic practitioner supporting a disabled child in the water during a Musical Hydrotherapy session

Liquid Listening (formerly Liquid Vibrations) was conceived in 2010 and was formally established in 2013 by sound artist and composer Joel Cahen and Adele Drake, the founder and former CEO of Drake Music, a pioneering music and disability charity. In 2009, Adele had made the connection between the properties of underwater sound perception and its potential benefits to children with special and complex needs after attending one of Joel’s Wet Sounds concerts in France.

Our small charity has been working with teachers, therapists and practitioners in special needs schools across the UK to demonstrate that Musical Hydrotherapy can transformatively help children with profound disabilities to experience deep relaxation, increased motor and sensory skills, increased vocalisation, improved wellbeing and - perhaps most importantly - sheer joy.

In March 2023, Liquid Vibrations became Liquid Listening, a reflection of the expansion of our core 

work in Musical Hydrotherapy training to the promotion of listening practices in schools with creative music-making and classroom listening activities.


We are now also working to develop our community of schools, hydrotherapy centres, teachers and practitioners by offering continued help and support for those who have undertaken training, so they can continue to provide the benefits of Musical Hydrotherapy for the disabled children, young people and adults they work with.


Read an article by Liquid Listening Artistic Director and Co-Founder Joel Cahen here about Musical Hydrotherapy and its foundations in Art and Wellbeing.

A female aquatic practitioner supporting a disabled child in a Musical Hydrotherapy session
A group of aquatic practitioners being trained in Musical Hydrotherapy, standing in the pool learning about supporting and listening techniques
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