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Music for Life - The Impact of Music on the Wellbeing of Deaf Young People Conference

Friday 27 February 2015 9.30am to 4.30pm
National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL

Cost: £40.00
Early Bird Offer £35.00 if booked before Monday 12 January 2015

Please download the booking form below to book at place at this conference. Each delegate will need to complete a separate booking form.
Hearing Conference Booking Form 2015.pdf

This is the second national conference organised by Music4U, Youth Music's Musical Inclusion programme for York and the Humber Region, focusing on the benefits of music provision for deaf children and young people.

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.

Conductor Charles Hazlewood will be our keynote speaker. Charles founded the British Paraorchestra ( - 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.

Full conference programme will be available on this page soon.

If you have any queries, please telephone the National Centre for Early Music on 01904 632220 or email

This conference is supported by The Holbeck Charitable Trust, The Charles Ruddock Trust, Sir James Reckitt Charity and the Rotary Club of York