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'Music can positively affect anyone'
The BBC National Orchestra of Wales has a very active and innovative Education and Outreach programme, the aim being to give musicians the opportunity to widen their skills and develop as individuals.
Trumpet player Andy Everton has developed a particular interest in work with people who have little or no hearing . Through taking part in workshops Andy formed the opinion that music and sound can positively affect anyone - regardless of level of hearing, and, if presented in the right way, the emotions of music as well as the sheer feeling (vibrations) can still make an orchestral concert of benefit to a Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing audience.
In October 2012 the BBC National Orchestra of Wales put on a concert specifically for people with hearing difficulties. The concert featured a mix of classical and modern pieces (The Marriage of Figaro, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Soul Bossa Nova). Throughout the evening members of the audience were able to move inside the Orchestra and experience various sounds and textures up close.
The concert was a pilot for a series of larger scale events to be held between 25th and 27th February 2013 at Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
Want to know more? Visit the BBC National Orchestra of Wales website.
Photo attribute: Betina Skovbro.
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