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Song in Sign

Early in 2024, formidAbility brought the premiere performances of ‘Song in Sign’ to four venues across the UK. Featuring two opera singers, a pianist and two signing actors joining forces to create a feast for the senses in a joyous merging of Song and Sign, the UK tour included the world premiere of "The Happy Prince" by Rylan Geave and Max Chase (commissioned by formidAbility in 2022). The project included concert performances, and student and community workshops.

Concert Performances and Livestream

Performance photos (2024), courtesy of Tommy Ga-Ken Wan.

Rehearsal photos (2024), courtesy of  Nina Photography.

Workshop photos (2024), courtesy of formidAbility.

Photos from the R&D sessions (2022), courtesy of Helen Murray.

London: 23rd January 2024 at 7:30pm

Guildhall School of Music and Drama


Birmingham: 30th January 2024 at 7:00pm

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Manchester: 2nd February 2024 at 7:30pm

Royal Northern College of Music

Glasgow: 1st March 2024 at 1:00pm

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Our staged concerts were BSL interpreted, audio described and captioned throughout. The performance at Royal Northern College of Music was livestreamed and can be viewed in the video below.

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Student Workshops

We were excited to share our creative approach to accessibility with conservatoire students, exploring how they might have a positive impact on colleagues and audiences as they move into the profession and create their own projects.

Our workshops included:

  • identifying and removing barriers so that everyone is free to do their best creative work.

  • imaginative ways to make creative work that is accessible for audiences and participants

  • the importance of evaluating our work and gathering feedback for reporting to funders on how their investment has been spent and the impact it is having on others

Community Workshops


formidAbility offered creative community workshops in each touring city, crafted by Ruth Montgomery and delivered in collaboration with Joanne Roughton-Arnold.


The project brought bespoke workshops for groups active in the Deaf and disabled community, who wished to engage in music activity in their local area. Between them, Ruth and Joanne have extensive experience working with Deaf and sight impaired people in educational and engagement settings. 


The aim of the sessions was to unlock and develop participants' creative engagement with music, igniting interest and providing an invitation for participants to see the work in an accessible format enriched by the performances of Deaf actors and live captioning.

Workshops took place on: 


Saturday 13th January, in London from 2pm - 4pm.

Saturday 27th January in Birmingham from 2pm - 4pm.

Friday 31st January in Manchester from 6pm - 8pm.


Saturday 24th February in Glasgow from 2pm - 4pm.

Further Information on Song in Sign performances and workshops can be found in the BSL videos below:

Although our first tour of concerts and workshops are now over, we are planning the future life of Song in Sign. If you would like to join our mailing list to be among the first to hear about future performances and workshops, please click here.
We gratefully acknowledge support from
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and the 

Webb Family Charitable Trust
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