Join us for a ‘Sign-a-Long’ in Boscombe Chine Gardens!

The Alternate Routes – ‘Nothing More’ signed by George Raggett

Fancy joining our award winning Signing Choir ‘Significance’ for a ‘Sign-a-Long’ on Sunday 22 July?

We’re aiming to bring the community together to help breakdown some of the barriers to communication and what better way to introduce families to BSL than to learn a song and simple signs, and perform along with the song TOGETHER!  You’ll have lots of fun while helping Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association to raise money to support our work teaching Deaf parents of young pupils to deliver Deaf Awareness & Communication training to local Nursery and Primary Schools in Dorset.

The song we have chosen is ‘Nothing More’ by The Alternate Routes.  To give you a taster, and a chance to have a go at learning to ‘Sign-a-Long’, our very talented Tutor and Trustee George has kindly filmed this video for you.  Let us know how you get on, even better – why not post a video clip of you signing to music on our Facebook event page and help encourage others to join us for the big ‘Sign-a-Long’ in Boscombe Chine Gardens on Sunday 22 July!

“we are how we treat each other, and nothing more.”

Congratulations to Significance Sign Choir!

Huge congratulations to Significance Sign Choir who came 3rd Place in the second National Signing Choir competition 2018 that took place on Saturday 19th May 2018 at Medway Park in Gillingham, Kent.

Wondering what a sign choir actually involves?

They are choirs that perform like any other choir but rather than sing with their voices, they sing with their hands in British Sign Language, while telling a visual story behind the song they are “Singing”.  Singers express the song through the pitch, tone and emotion of their voices, Signing Song performers do the same with their hands, body and facial expressions, it is a visual spectacular for the senses.

Want to find out more?

Significance Sign Choir is part of WDDA and practice at Bournemouth Deaf Club.

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Jersey Eisteddfod of Performing Arts – November 2017

Many thanks for all your messages of support for our participation in the Jersey Eisteddfod of Performing Arts this weekend!

Well, the Billy Dorkin’s best Choir Trophy has been prised from our grasp by Vision Signing Choir, deservedly beating us into 2nd place by 1 mark. They are a particularly inclusive choir , so many congratulations to them and their leaders!

We are justifiably proud of again achieving a performance of Distinction in this section, so cannot be too disappointed!

We were inspired by Stef Davis and Liz Linard who won the afternoon ensemble section with a Commended performance against 6 other excellent performances including our own Isobel Heaton, Louise Allen and Jan Clark who achieved a Merit for an innovative and well coordinated performance of Born To Love You, complete with dark glasses and leather jackets!

This was followed by an awe inspiring, tear jerking solo performance by Stef Davis, just missing out on an award of Outstanding, again by one mark, but well ahead of the rest of the field of 8 including George Raggett who still managed a performance of Merit.

So all in all a great weekend that will inspire and motivate us to maintain and improve our standards as we try and bring signed performances to the attention of yet more audiences in this coming year.