Tianjin Dolphin Hearing Disabled Children’s Choir © Matthias Bein
Johannes Brahms Int. Choir Festival & Competition

A very special choir in the competition

Tianjin Dolphin Hearing Disabled Children’s Choir in Wernigerode

One's world should not exist without music - and it doesn't have to! The Tianjin Dolphin Hearing Disabled Children's Choir is the best example. It's a community from China where about 20 hearing impaired children experience musical education which would be far from possible without modern technology and, even more important, the help of 40 volunteers.

First, the kids aged 7-12, who all wear cochlea implants learn the basics of music for 2 years. Then they join the choir and make music just like every normal kid could and even better. In many countries, this first hearing disabled children's choir has already been awarded high prices, e.g. a silver medaille at the last World Choir Games in ... Next year the group will participate in the World Choir Games in South Africa as well.

A volunteer teacher describes the work: "It's not easy. People who can't hear, usually can't speak either. They built kind of a wall you first have to break. It takes work, but forms a community. And it's not only about making all that possible, but also about showing the world that it IS possible."

Their competition performance in the Folklore category impressed the audience and the jury awarded the singers with 19,55 points and a Silver Diploma. At the Awards Ceremony INTERKULTUR President Günter Titsch and Vice President Wang Qin handed over a donation in the amount of € 2000 from the 2017 Choir Development Fund in order to support and encourage the singing and performing of these children and this important project.