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The Farmer’s Cheese- A Musical For Deaf Children

May 1, 2010

I’ve just received this press release from George:

Following its highly successful premiere in Glasgow, the musical, “The Farmer’s Cheese”, will be performed live in London for the first time on 8th May 2010. This unique piece of  musical theatre was specifically written for children with cochlear implants.

This not-for-profit event takes place at 3.30 pm on 8th May 2010 at the Drill Hall, London and is kindly hosted by  the Royal National Throat Nose & Ear (RNTNE) Hospital and MED-EL UK for the benefit of families whose children have cochlear implants.

Originally a children’s book, “The Farmer’s Cheese” has been adapted for theatre by 33 year old Scottish composer and the MED-EL Music Fellow, Dr. Oliver Searle, whose works have been performed at music festivals throughout the UK and Europe.

An expert in this field, Searle takes full account of current scientific research when composing for cochlear implantees.  “My challenge this time,”  Searle states, “is to get the storyline across while still holding the children’s attention span.”

Searle has chosen musical instruments which scientific studies suggest are easiest for cochlear implant (CI) users to understand and enjoy. The orchestral arrangement is clear and simple making the music much more accessible to an audience of CI users.

Author of “The Farmer’s Cheese”, Geoff Plant of MED-EL, who is a distinguished Hearing Rehabilitation expert explains, “Music is a very important part of childhood, and we want to ensure that children with cochlear implants have access to this vital part of our auditory culture”.

The Farmer’s Cheese is performed on stage by Martin O’Connor, Clare McGarry and the music is supplied by the ensemble, Symposia, whose antics on stage contribute greatly to what is a delightful and highly entertaining flight of fantasy where mouse outwits man.

The performance is on 8th May 2010 at 3.30 pm at the Drill Hall, 16 Chenies Street, London, WC1E 7EX.  Tickets are free of charge on application to MED-EL UK.  Telephone 01226 242 879 or email

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