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I am writing to you today from inside the Arena of the Royal Albert Hall and today is the first ever Relaxed Prom.

A relaxed prom is “A concert suitable for children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities as well as individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted.

Presented by conductor Grant Llewellyn and musician Andy Pidcock, the first ever Relaxed Prom is a fun and interactive musical experience in a welcoming environment, with plenty of opportunities for participation.”

https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/proms/proms-2017/prom-19-relaxed-prom/

This is a wonderful opportunity for people to be able to have full access the the world renowned Proms, showcasing music accessible in British Sign Language.

Not only have the Royal Albert Hall team ensured that the Proms itself is relaxed and accessible, but the whole walk through customer journey, placing Sign Language Interpreters at key points throughout the hall to ensure smooth communication for all deaf customers.

The incorporation of deaf poet – Donna Williams was really insightful, as it gave a great opportunity for the deaf audience to understand the narrative behind each piece of music like the; Waltz, Williams Tell overture and The Sugar plum fairy where Donna gave a beautiful monologue describing the experience of a jewelry box with a ballerina inside.

The whole event was well enjoyed, with children dancing and audience participation in the Mexican wave and in songs.One of these songs was A, E, I, O, U where the entire audience joined in Fingerspelling and singing along, a great opportunity to incorporate some BSL into the event.

To provide BSL/English Interpreters for such a fantastic event WA such a privilege – and seeing such an inclusive atmosphere – well done to the Royal Albert Hall and BBC for such a big vision and a great success!

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