1 Jan 2011

Lámh le Chéile

Lámh le Chéile community choir was developed to bring people with and without intellectual disabilities together to sing and sign using Lámh ©.

Choirs for hearing impaired people are well known, however, Lámh le Chéile combines songs with the sign system Lámh.

Through weekly rehearsals and regular performances, this approach empowered all members to develop and share new musical and signing skills, reap the benefits of being in a choir as well as being a great source of fun! Directed by Gráinne McHale, the choir was launched in the Cork School of Music during the Life-Long Learning Festival. Founder, Dr. Evelyn Grant said, “ Cork Music Works originally set out to provide music tuition and performance opportunities for people with disability, but the focus is now increasingly on integration. We find that people with and without intellectual disabilities love being involved in everything from our Samba band to our rap projects – and now the Lámh le Chéile choir.”

As a result of a skill-sharing partnership between the Lámh le Chéile community choir and the Brothers of Charity special school Our Lady of Good Council, a school based Singing and Signing choir was also developed. Led by music teacher Julie Reardon, this choir brought students from Scoil Barra mainstream primary school in Ballincollig and students from Our Lady of Good Council together for weekly rehearsals and regular performances with local musicians.