Deaf News: London’s City Hall backtracks, allowing deaf children to sign at choir service in Trafalgar Square

Posted on November 14, 2013


Extract from the Islington Gazette:

In a show of Christmas spirit, City Hall has reversed its decision to block a choir for deaf children from performing at this year’s carol service in Trafalgar Square.

The Greater London Authority had been planning to deny Islington based charity the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) from performing at the event as it relies on the use of a PA system, which it saw as unfair on the other choirs.

The GLA were also not happy with the groups song choices of Last Christmas by Wham! and All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey which it said were not “traditional”.

This would have meant that hundreds of deaf children hoping to enjoy the signing choir’s performance would be denied their chance to join in with the festive celebrations.

But following a public outcry, City Hall is now allowing the charity to perform at the carol concert, provided it can source its own PA system.

Read more here: http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/city_hall_backtracks_on_decision_to_deny_deaf_performance_at_carol_service_1_2997425

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