St Mary’s signing choir in Dublin: ‘For deaf people, their voice is their hands and their bodies’

The conductor of St Mary’s signing choir in Cabra set out not to form a ‘cute deaf choir’ but one that would be respected as a choir in its own right – and she has succeeded.

It’s often assumed that when profoundly deaf children are involved in any kind of musical performance it’s mainly for their therapeutic benefit: a worthy attempt at confidence-building or something that might help with their speech development.

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