The European Music Festival for Young People aims at stimulating youngsters to sing and to make music together in an international ambience of friendship and fraternization and to realize mutual cultural relations and contacts. But that is not the only aim. EMJ also opens up to initiatives involving disabled people in music. That is the reason why the Liverpool Signing Choir have been invited as guests to the 62nd EMJ.
One third of the singers in the choir are young people aged 7 to 24 with auditive restrictions; some of them are even completely deaf. Jan Coninx, former president of EMJ, says: " I happened to hear them in Antwerp and I was so impressed by their performance that I and my team have taken immediate measures to invite them to EMJ. We want the Liverpool Signing Choir to get to know EMJ and we want participants and audiences to enjoy their specific and unique way of singing."
The choir itself wishes to show the beauty of sign language through the universal language of music. Likewise the choir wants to stimulate the social integration of the ill-hearing and the deaf.
After performing among others at the Olympic and the Paralympic Games in London, the Liverpool Signing Choir are the special guests of the European Music festival for Young people. They will not participate in the jury performances, but they will warm-heartedly be part of the sing-in on Friday evening May 2, the happening on Saturday May 3, the three proclamations and a number of workshops. Video-footage will be registrated and shown during the Kick-off on Thursday May 1. Thus the Liverpool Signing Choir will make up a part of the many children's and youth choirs. That is what we call social integration! No doubt the choir will take a bundle of beautiful and unique experiences home after participating in EMJ.