Friday 20 April 2018

WATCH: Amazing moment choir with 11 deaf members wows crowd on Ireland's Got Talent

The Deaftones on Ireland's Got Talent
The Deaftones on Ireland's Got Talent
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A choir with seven deaf members and two hearing singers are set to wow the audience and judges on Ireland's Got Talent this weekend.

The Deaftones are a choir from Holy Family School of the Deaf in Dublin and among the members are three sisters, two of whom are deaf and one who is the only hearing member of her family.

The Deaftones on Ireland's Got Talent
The Deaftones on Ireland's Got Talent

They tackle Ed Sheeran's Photograph on the show with the two hearing girls singing and the eleven deaf members signing. 

The group range in age from 13-39 years old and they experience music in a variety of different ways, including sensing sound through vibrations and lip reading.

"They all hear music in different ways," explains their teacher Shirley Higgins.  "Some of them hear the music and the words, some of them hear just the music, and some of them hear nothing at all."

The choir began seven years ago and recently brought the two hearing members on board, because "we wanted to show how hearing and dear communities can mix, how they live in two worlds and how they can be the same as anyone else."

Judges Denise Van Outen and Louis Walsh are particularly affected by the performance.

Ireland’s Got Talent airs on Saturday 17th February at 7.30pm, followed by Ireland’s Got Mór Talent at 8.30pm.

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