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Bang the drum for creativity

PUBLISHED: 16:09 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 09:06 12 August 2010

National Deaf Children's Society - Event at the Royal Festival Hall. The deaf children learned to play Indonesian music in the Gamelan room as well as taking part in a poetry workshop in a big Igloo. The event is run by Lucy Read, NDCS's head of youth participation. 
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Date: 7 January 2009

National Deaf Children's Society - Event at the Royal Festival Hall. The deaf children learned to play Indonesian music in the Gamelan room as well as taking part in a poetry workshop in a big Igloo. The event is run by Lucy Read, NDCS's head of youth participation. NDCS Copyright Date: 7 January 2009

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DEAF pupils took part in a one-day creative arts workshop at the Royal Festival Hall this month. Nine pupils from Darrick Wood Deaf Centre in Bromley participated in poetry and music workshops, organised by the National Deaf Children s Society (NDCS) in

DEAF pupils took part in a one-day creative arts workshop at the Royal Festival Hall this month.

Nine pupils from Darrick Wood Deaf Centre in Bromley participated in poetry and music workshops, organised by the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) in partnership with the Southbank Centre, on January 7.

Some 40 deaf students, aged 11 to 16, from schools and centres across London, let their imagination go wild, discovering different types of poems from around the world and learning how to play gongs, drums and

xylophones in an Indonesian gamelan session.

Lucy Read, NDCS head of children and youth participation, said: "Access to the arts is extremely important for deaf children. Deaf children are at risk of developing low expectations of what they can achieve in life and many think their deafness excludes them from participating in activities at school and at clubs.

"Artistic and cultural education can play a significant role in helping deaf children understand and influence the world around them."

Darrick Wood Deaf Centre teacher Pamela Beadle said: "All the students really enjoyed the gamelan session - a very new experience for them and there was plenty of opportunity to play the instruments.

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