London will see deaf-signed Missa Solemnismain
In a striking act of inclusivity, the Bach Choir have hired Paul Whittaker to offer simultaneous sign-language for tonight’s performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.
He says: ‘It’s the first time this piece has ever been signed, as far as we know… It’s hard work, translating from Latin into sign language then matching that with the music is a huge challenge but I love it…. Myself and Sir Richard Stilgoe are introducing the piece, chatting a bit about Beethoven’s own deafness and how deaf people enjoy and make music.’
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