Musical exploration with the MSO and the Victorian College for the Deaf.

On Thursday 23 July, students from the Victorian College of the Deaf (VCD) joined music educator and workshop facilitator Karen Kyriakou and British-born practising and profoundly deaf musician Danny Lane for a day of musical exploration with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Musical exploration with the MSO and the Victorian College for the Deaf.

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The day commenced with the students experiencing the first 20 minutes of the Orchestra’s morning rehearsal at Hamer Hall, followed by a workshop led by Karen Kyriakou, Danny Lane and a small team of musicians on Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slave in Iwaki Auditorium.

The aim of the workshop was to open up the world of music to deaf children and give them inspiration to compose and perform their own music.

The workshop formed part of a collaborative Australian tour between Music and the Deaf (MATD) UK and Kyriakou’s Melbourne-based educational music projects organization, TEMPO Inc. which aimed to support investigation into more inclusive ways of bringing authentic musical experiences to Deaf children in Australia whilst also providing an opportunity for musicians to develop confidence working with deaf children.

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was proud to partner with MATD UK and TEMPO Inc. to provide deaf children with the rare opportunity to experience orchestral music in a hands-on and practical way.

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