Episode from the podcastBetween The Bars

Music In My Head | Paul Whittaker on Music & Deafness

Released Thursday, 5th August 2021
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For the next edition of Between the Bars, join host Yannick Dondelinger as he speaks with Paul Whittaker, deaf musician, performer and creative advisor of our Feel the Music education programme.
Exploring Paul's upbringing in 1960's England, this episode sheds light on a defining paradox of his life – the challenges of uniting music with deafness. He discusses how to shift the perception of what it means to experience music, and how Beethoven turned his own situation into creative triumph.
Taking inspiration from the composer's own experience, the MCO's educational project Feel the Music was developed in 2012 with MCO Artistic Partner Leif Ove Andsnes. We discuss this ground-breaking and unconventional project, and why it is important for everyone, regardless of hearing ability, to discover music on their own terms.