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Hearing impaired opera singer performs for children to inspire love of classical music

hearing impaired opera singer Charlotte Hoather

Charlotte Hoather has been performing at a collection of 13 schools across Cheshire and London. 

To encourage creative and intuitive thinking, Charlotte Hoather has been sponsored to share her love for opera with children across the hearing spectrum. 

Charlotte’s drive to encourage and inspire the deaf and hard of hearing stems from her own personal experience of being diagnosed at birth as profoundly deaf in one ear. 

She has documented her extensive career and loss of hearing through a personal blog that has inspirited readers across the country.

The award-winning soprano-turned-freelancer has dreamt of making her music accessible to children from all walks of life, including those that are deaf or experience hard of hearing.

Singing to over 1,000 school children, she has performed her rendition of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. 

After creating the opera, writing the libretto and working closely with Nino Russell, her husband and renowned music composer, she has cleverly reimagined this show as ‘Down The Rabbit Hole’.

Charlotte, born in Winsford, Cheshire, established her passion for performing arts from the tender age of three. 

What initially began as a hobby in dance, she grew her skillset when she began singing and acting at age six in Northwich.

She then went on to graduate with a First Class Music Degree from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Royal College of Music Master of Music

Closely working with other like-minded talents, she has produced a heart-warming and captivating album which she is showcasing to local schools with the desire to encourage, inspire and educate children through the beauty and universal power of music. 

Claire Mera-Nelson, the Director of Music and London at the Arts Council of England, said:

“Every child deserves the opportunity to enjoy high-quality musical experiences, and we know this can boost their confidence, support their learning, and encourage self-expression.

“Thanks to the money raised by National Lottery players, we’re excited to be supporting the award-winning soprano Charlotte Hoather and her immersive opera project for children. Charlotte will bring a narrative inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland to life through music, physical theatre, British Sign Language and more – all to make sure that more children, including those who are Deaf or across the hearing spectrum, can experience the joys of opera and let their creativity roam without limits.”

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