Good Vibrations Concert Friday 10th Nov 2017
The Good Vibrations choir gave its inaugural performance in a packed venue at St Paul’s Church, Worcester. The aims of the choir are to improve awareness of the services offered by Deaf Direct and raise funds to continue this work whilst also giving deaf people access to music through sign language. The choir consists of members who are Hard-of-Hearing, profoundly Deaf users of British Sign Language and those who have no hearing loss, all of whom volunteered a considerable amount of their time to make the concert a success.
Over 100 people attended this event, and we were delighted to welcome the High Sherriff of Worcestershire, the Mayor and Mayoress of Worcester, the Mayor of Pershore and the Mayor’s Consort, along with many other enthusiastic supporters.
The Good Vibrations choir were joined by special guests, the Worcester Ukelele Club, to provide a full programme of well-known songs. There was a range of singing only, signing only, and mixed sing/sign songs which gave a unique three dimensional experience of sound and vision. All of the songs were subtitled, and those songs which did not involve the signing choir, were interpreted on stage by Donna Rubin, thereby creating a fully accessible concert.
Even the audience participation was out of the ordinary, with a mixture of singing and signing, and appreciative applause was given by a wave of hands – the Deaf way.
The success of the Good Vibrations concert was thanks to the dedication of all the volunteers and supporters. Special appreciation is given to the choir leaders Phil Prince and Donna Rubin; tireless behind the scenes work from Linda Owen and Rosemary Henman; the staff and sound technicians at St Paul’s church and PRS who granted a free licence to perform the songs in public.
Deaf Direct is looking forward to many more concerts to come. If you are interested in booking the choir to perform at your event please get in touch.