Music video featuring members of Manchester Deaf Centre wins best video at the Q Awards

Posted on October 24, 2014

A music video featuring members of Manchester Deaf Centre won best video at the Q awards on Wednesday night, beating videos by Sam Smith, Coldplay and the Arctic Monkeys.


The video, for a song called Sleep Sound, won by public vote. Manchester Deaf Centre said on Facebook:

It was up for public vote, so it’s great to see that the public have watched and loved the video and chosen something much more heartfelt than your average music video! This is an amazing achievement for our youth group who were part of the video.

The video was made after dancer Sofia Mattioli met a deaf girl on a train. She told Nowness website:

“I was on a train listening to music, getting deep into it, and this girl started staring at me. After a while I took my headphones off and she came up to me, started signing and then wrote me a note to say that she was deaf but could almost feel the music by my movement.”

Mattioli was then asked to make a video with Jamie from the band XX. She danced with 13 members of Manchester Deaf Centre for one day, with them responding to her movements. She told Nowness:

“The relationship between silence and music is a big part of what I am trying to express with my work,” says Mattioli. “The first kid in the video, Archie, was bliss—all of them were amazing. I hope this is a project I can develop further.”

Watch the award-winning video below:

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