Music for Life – The Impact of Music on the Wellbeing of Deaf Young People Conference
This conference is aimed at professionals working with deaf young people. Our presenters will look at the challenges deaf young people face and how music can promote improved mental and emotional wellbeing.
Date: 02/12/2023 – 02/12/2023
Conductor Charles Hazlewood (pictured) will be our keynote speaker. Charles founded the British Paraorchestra (www.paraorchestra.com) – the world’s first ever orchestra for virtuoso musicians with disabilities which closed the London 2012 Paralympics.
He will be joined by other experts including Professor Barry Wright, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Hull York Medical School, talking about the wellbeing issues deaf young people face; Ali Harmer of Gloucestershire Music Makers, speaking about her Youth Music-funded project, ‘Playing Around Sound’, which seeks to establish an engaging and useful music repertoire for children with cochlear implants; Jonathan Heale, Advanced Communication Solutions, talking about his campaign, ‘Play Safe Now – Hear Tomorrow’, which raises awareness about exposure to loud sound levels in music education and Dr Chris Barlow, Southampton Solent University, speaking about the assistive devices he is developing to improve the quality of the music listening experience for people with hearing loss.
The conference will include showcase performances, led by Music and the Deaf, with deaf young people from York’s new Singing and Signing Choir and the Sirius Academy in Hull.
There will also be opportunities to visit marketplace stalls which feature information about local and national services and resources for deaf young people.