Updated: Jul 11, 2019
I have recently had the wonderful privilege of performing on two occasions for the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers with my colleague Ruth Montgomery. Ruth and I were invited by Gloria McGregor, Mistress of the Company, to talk about our experiences as deaf musicians and perform at afternoon tea event in February in aid of Decibels and The Lord Mayor's Appeal. Gloria is the founder of Lipreading Practice which is a fantastic resource for deaf and hard of hearing people who want to improve their lipreading skills for easier communication. In her blog, Gloria wrote about the impact that the afternoon tea had on her guests:
"I have had so many messages from our guests and their response was amazing. They thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and said what an insight it had given them into hearing loss. The presentations by Ruth and Eloise were so well received. So many people said that they could have listened to them play all afternoon."
We were then invited by the Master of the Company, John McGregor, to perform again in April at the annual Livery Dinner which was held in the stunning Goldsmiths' Hall. The hall has been used as Buckingham Palace in a variety of films and television series, including The Crown - it's not hard to see why!
The evening was fantastic and has been one of the highlights of my year so far. It was wonderful to be in such warm company, and it was especially lovely to receive a 'deaf' round of applause (pictured above) at the end of the night.
I would like to send my thanks to John and Gloria McGregor for these two opportunities to perform at marvellous venues in the company of generous and welcoming guests.