Music and the Deaf’s very own FORTE Ensemble, a group of deaf professional musicians, gave two very special concerts this September.
The group’s first concert was in honour and thanks to Phyllis, one of our charity’s wonderful Friends, and a long-standing supporter of Music and the Deaf. To thank Phyllis for her amazing generosity over the years in support of our work, the FORTE Ensemble performed a as part of her residential community’s concert series.
Writing on behalf of the residents, the chair of the community’s Music Group Mr Robinson said that they “were most impressed with your amazing abilities and quality of your playing. We loved the varied programme of music you performed. We found the individual stories each of you told us about overcoming the difficulties you had with deafness in your early years and how music gave each of you the opening which has allowed you to become professional performers a very moving and inspirational experience.”
Here’s Phyllis with the FORTE Ensemble musicians Sean, Danny, Ruth and Eloise:
The Ensemble also gave a concert at the Hearing Aids and Music Conference, hosted by the University of Leeds. Performing Danny Lane’s own composition “The Yorkshire Suite” and a host of other classical and jazz pieces, FORTE demonstrated that deafness is never a barrier to performing and excelling in music.
Here is a short video of Eloise's solo performance at the Hearing Aids for Music conference:
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This article was republished and slightly edited with the permission of Music and the Deaf. The original article can be found here.