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Amplify The Voices Of The Unheard

A BSL COMMUNITY CHORUS

About The BSL Community Chorus

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Birmingham’s BSL Community Chorus project, ‘Your Love Lifts Me Up’, will be presented as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival, a six-month celebration of creativity which surrounds the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The BSL Community Chorus is a Creative City project generously funded by Birmingham City Council. (BSL = British Sign Language).

There are over 5,000 Deaf children in the West Midlands and 32 million  worldwide. For the Birmingham 2022 Festival, local artist collective Friends Of Cedar Church have ambitiously orchestrated and provided an uplifting community song to celebrate British Sign Language (BSL) as a major language in Birmingham, a City of Languages, and across the world. The aim is to empower Deaf children by teaching signing through singing across whole communities.

Over 150 different performers and personnel from different countries have been involved in this truly major creative collaborative effort, including a brand new verse written and signed originally in BSL. This is then interpreted into English subtitles and freely expressed vocally over the combination of a classically orchestral soundscape and percussive ethnic rhythms to musically reflect the range of traditions and vibrant flavours of this richly diverse region.

Along with three versions of the finished recording, there is a joyous official song video featuring all of the artists and groups involved in the project to accompany the audio release. This will coincide with the start of the Cultural Festival in the lead up to the games and beyond with some live performances of “Your Love Lifts Me Up” in various locations around the city.

The BSL Chorus Story So Far...

Sep 2021

Final selection of BSL artists, musicians, dancers & additional performers, Progress with New Recorded Version & select  performance venues for Christmas 2021 & March – Aug 2022.

Oct 2021

Start learning sign language parts, chorus parts, music, media.

Nov 2021

Consolidate parts and progress professional demo recording.

Dec 2021

Finalise demo of chorus for Longwill and others to learn from.

Jan 2022

Final Sectional Rehearsals for BSL Artists, Interpreters,  Singers, Musicians & Tutorial.

Feb 2022

Live Professional Recordings, Start process of Online Release of Official Audio, Teaser Release and Tutorial Release.

12 Mar 2022

The www.yourloveliftsmeup.com website goes live and as does the Your Love Lifts Me Up BSL Instagram account.

20 Mar 2022

The Official YouTube Video for Your Love Lifts Me Up – A BSL Community Chorus With A Purpose For Birmingham 2022 is launched.

30 Mar 2022

Finale video for Citywide Neighbourhood Networking Scheme Annual Meeting at Aston Villa Football Ground (with Neil De Costa, Perry Barr NNS Director).

03 Apr 2022

The Official YouTube Video remastered for Social Media.

07 Apr 2022

08 Apr 2022

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire who joined with many other community partners, publish an article on the project.

May 2022

Birmingham Living Magazine features the project in their May 2022 edition, check it out on page 56.

13 May 2022

Edgbaston High School for Girls features an article about the violin soloist for the project.

28 May 2022

The project gets recongnition on BBC Radio WM during The Daz Hale Show.

04 Jun 2022

Representatives of the Chorus celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a Tribute and a visit to the Palace Party.

10 Jun 2022

The BSL Community Chorus takes over Grand Central Station in Birmingham with a BSL Chorus Flashmob.

26 Jun 2022

Cedar Church celebrated with their event ‘Singstanding‘, a play on words because of their location in Kingstanding. The event brings together the local community in celebration of the Birmingham 2022 Cultural Festival. Together with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and BSL Artists, Unify, Your Love Lifts Me Up is performed as the event finale.

29 Jun 2022

Your Love Lifts Me Up – Voice of our City performance with Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, SoundLab, CORE US and Shireland Collegiate Academy joining the BSL (British Sign Language) Community Chorus collaboration with Cedar Church showcased to a sold out Bradshaw Hall full of proud parents and families on Wednesday 29 June 2022.
Featuring Violin Introduction written and arranged by Caitlin & Eryna (aged 18 & 20) and soloist Tochi (aged 14).

08 Jul 2022

At the Unicef Rights Respecting Celebrations Longwill School presents the BSL Chorus Your Love Lifts Me Up to big cheers from the audience and lots of kids  singing and signing along from the audience.

12 Jul 2022

A new Launch Version of the song is released which includes introductions from the chorus composer, Andrew Kisumba and Deaf Artist, Rebecca A. Withey, who wrote a brand new verse in BSL which has been translated into English.

18 Jul 2022

Chorus played before the start of the SFE Youth Proms.

24 Jul 2022

Your Love Lifts Me Up – BSL Community Chorus for Birmingham 2022 Cultural Festival was featured by Pam Rhodes (from BBC’s Songs of Praise) on Sunday Night Live.

24 Jul 2022

Andrew Kisumba was interviewed on BBC Radio WM show – We Are West Midlands about the chorus and how it is spreading the word about the importance of BSL.

26 & 27 Jul 2022

BSL Chorus participants are invited to attend the Dress  Rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony. Furthermore, two Cedar  Church representatives also take part in the Queen’s Baton  Relay for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

28 Jul 2022

Headteacher for Edgbaston High School for Girls publishes an article on HMC.org about the ‘Games for Everyone‘. HMC (the Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference) is a professional association of heads of the world’s leading independent schools.

30 Jul 2022

Your Love Lifts Me Up features online for the promotional  period before and during the three day Edgbaston Village  Commonwealth Games Special Artisan Market

07 Aug 2022

Cedar Church publish a Commonwealth Games Family Special video, which summarises many of the events the BSL Community Chorus have been involved in.

08 Aug 2022

Ex-police officer reports hearing Your Love Lifts Me Up on  the BBC Live News from Victoria Square at around 15:30.

16 & 17 Sep 2022

Journey to pay BSL respects to The Late Queen Elizabeth II.  Queued for 13+ hours in order to give our thanks and tribute.

25 Sep 2022

Special thanks conveyed to Cathedral House, Huddersfield.

24 - 26 Sep 2022

A review of the Your Love Lifts Me Up journey is released and the long awaited DocuFilm is released.

06 Oct 2022

Creative City Celebration Event held on Thursday 6 October, 6-9pm in the Banqueting Suite, Birmingham Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB to celebrate over 100 incredible Creative City Projects that were a vital part of Birmingham 2022 Festival.

Co-Hosted by Birmingham City Council and Birmingham 2022 Festival, entertainment ran throughout the course of the evening including Break Mission, Cedar Church, Culture Spectrum and Friction Arts to mark the culmination of the Creative City programme.

A massive ‘Thank You’ to all involved in this project, ‘Your love lifts me up!’

10 Nov 2022

A Celebrating Communities Award was received at a reception held in the Banqueting Suite at the Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham on Thursday 10th November 2022.

Media

BSL Tutorial:
Learn How to Sign
"Your Love Lifts Me Up"

A Fun Way To Learn
The BSL Alphabet

Your Love Lifts Me Up
Teaser

Your Love Lifts Me Up
Widescreen Version

Your Love Lifts Me Up
Launch Version

A DocuFilm on the
BSL Community Chorus Journey

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Credits

Birmingham 2022 Festival presents 'Your Love Lifts Me Up' A Creative City Project generously funded by Birmingham City Council.

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