This summer we have expanded our short course programme welcoming new faces to the Studio and increasing the opportunity for exposure to the world of opera and opera training. We commissioned Arts Access Consultant, Adele Ward to engage the UK’s foremost Sign Language interpreter of sung music, Wendy Ebsworth to work together to design and deliver a course for BSL interpreters. The pilot of this exciting new course took place at the Studio this weekend.
This short CPD course, for Registered Sign Language Interpreters, encouraged participants to step beyond the constraints of the BSL/English continuum and find their own way to express the emotion and action of sung music.
Wendy Ebsworth led the group through two days of exploring how to deliver an interpretation of a variety of styles of song in sign language.
Day one focused on how interpreting for sung performance is not just about how we use language – how to convey the emotions, tension and humour in a show. The group discussed how Deaf theatre and performance is different from interpreted performance and looked at how the choices interpreters make can influence Deaf audience members’ experience of both opera and musical theatre. On the second day, the group were joined by singers and a pianist from The National Opera Studio to explore the process of translation and working with musicians to prepare songs for performance.
The course proved fascinating for all involved with both interpreters and singers thrilled by the experience. Thank you to all that were involved!
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