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Helping the deaf enjoy music ; PREVIEW Music and the Deaf ADRIAN BOULT HALL, B'HAM [Birmingham Mail (UK)]

July 13, 2013


AN anniversary concert celebrating the achievements of a group set up to help deaf people enjoy music will take place tomorrow.

Music and the Deaf will perform at the Adrian Boult Hall in Birmingham to mark its 15th birthday.

Paul Whittaker is the founder of the unique charity which provides music opportunities to deaf people all over the UK and worldwide.

Paul, who himself is profoundly deaf, studied music at Wadham College, Oxford, and has been made an OBE for Services to Music.

He has provided a number of signed performances at the Hippodrome. His team has worked with several schools in Birmingham as well as the CBSO to help widen music opportunities for deaf children. The charity's Hi Notes Ensemble has performed at Birmingham's National Festival of Music for Youth twice in 2008 and 2011 and has won the Composition Award on both occasions. The anniversary concert will showcase the huge range of work undertaken by the group. There will be a contrasting programme of musical performances by deaf youth music groups and signing choirs from all over the country.

Sir Richard Stilgoe, the patron of the charity, has written a song specifically for this occasion.

For tickets, call 01484 483115. There are limited seats available for wheelchair users and deaf patrons, which need to be booked in advance. The event will be sign interpreted.


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