Encóre Contemporary Choir, which celebrated its 1st ‘birthday’ in February, has announced that it is to adopt ‘Action on Hearing Loss’ as its ‘preferred charity’ for 2012 and 2013.
Action on Hearing Loss, formerly RNID, is the largest UK charity supporting people with a hearing loss. It celebrated its centenary last year and has been in Northern Ireland since 1991.
Speaking about the partnership, Action on Hearing Loss’s Northern Ireland Director, Jackie White, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as Encóre Contemporary Choir’s chosen charity for two years.
“We very much look forward to working together to raise awareness and much needed funds to support deaf and hard of hearing people.
“It seems to me that a group of people who love listening to music and love singing and performing and who’s hearing is therefore so vital to them, is a perfect fit for an organisation that has a core aim of encouraging people to value and look after their hearing,” she added.
Emmet Doherty, Encóre’s Musical Director, agrees with Jackie and feels that Action on Hearing Loss is an ideal charity for the choir.
He said: “Many choir members as individuals support charities that are dear to their hearts, often for personal reasons.
“But as a group, we are all involved with music and singing. We love it. It lifts our hearts. It brings us joy.
“And we love going to gigs or concerts and listening to the singers and the musicians that enrich our world. So the idea that this could be taken away from us because of hearing loss is very daunting,” said Emmet.
“Working in partnership with an organisation that has the specialist expertise not only to support people with a hearing loss, but also to encourage people to value and protect their hearing and which has a research arm that is looking at preventing and treating hearing loss, is, without doubt, an ideal charity for us,” he added.
“We are looking forward to promoting Action on Hearing Loss at our performances over the next two years and to helping with fund-raising wherever we can”, said Emmet.
For more information on Encore Choir, visit www. encore.org.uk.
For more information on Action of Hearing Loss, visit www.actionhearingloss.org.uk