Learn to sign with Rock Choir!
At Rock Choir we have always been committed to providing equality, accessibility and inclusivity throughout every aspect of our business and membership experience. With this in mind, we would like to introduce a new initiative and begin the journey of communicating our Rock Choir performances with the Deaf Community. We would like to integrate any Rock Choir Members into this journey to help our performances become much more accessible.
Therefore, we are thrilled to announce that we are now running a selection of FREE, fun and active signing sessions which will be featured in our existing Rock Choir Membership experience.
Each session allows our Rock Choir Members to explore aspects of disability awareness and learn sign language in a fun, supportive and friendly environment allowing our Members to become part of the journey to make Rock Choir performances accessible to Deaf communities across the UK.
If you are a Rock Choir Member, you can now find full access to these sessions and future times/dates inside your Members Area.
Sessions are led by the talented and charismatic, Stacey Stockwell, who is an official Musical Theatre/Performance Signer and a well-known long-standing Rockie!
All new and existing Rock Choir Members are able to take advantage of this unique opportunity and join in with these sessions.
Please take a look below at what’s on offer and find out more about Stacey Stockwell!
Stacey is the owner of Stacey Stockwell Training Ltd providing Disability Awareness training courses to companies and organisations throughout the UK. She is a Musical Theatre/Performance Signer and a DeafBlind Communicator-Guide which is a physical lead and also an interpreter for all categories of DeafBlind people. She has a diploma in Autism Awareness and has been training in almost all aspects of Disability Awareness including Mental Health, Autism and Dementia, for over 20 years.
Her training style and presentations are upbeat and often humorous, which she feels enables her to engage with a wide variety of people from all walks of life. The messages she delivers are interlaced with real-life scenarios which help people relate to them on a personal level and bring the subject of disability closer to home.
She specialises in removing some of the many misconceptions surrounding disability giving her delegates the tools to communicate and interact with disabled people in the right way and, most importantly, the confidence to do so.
Stacey is passionate about providing accessibility for many different types of shows and performances in order that members of the Deaf, Disabled and Deafblind community can enjoy them and she loves the challenge of interpreting different types of arts and music. She specialises in Musical Theatre and is the resident Signer at the Reading Hexagon Theatre where she has signed for many hit musicals including; Avenue Q, Hairspray, Sister Act, FAME and Spamalot. She was also a member of the UK Festival Interpreting Team and has signed for some major bands including; Fall Out Boy, EMINEM and Bastille.
Stacey is an extremely proud ‘Rockie’ (she often says that if you cut her in half it would read “Rockie” all the way through her like a stick of rock!!) and has sung in the Bass section of the Caversham Rock Choir (now the Reading Rock Choir) under the direction of Rock Choir Leader, Lucy Hewes, for 8 years. More recently however, her “hands have got the better of her” and she has been signing many of their performances culminating in her filming a series of tutorials during lockdown in 2020 to teach the entire Rock Choir Membership how to sign ‘Symphony’!
Her passion for signing and communication has inspired many Rockies and we are delighted to now offer this opportunity to everyone!
ROCK & SIGN
Both new and existing Rock Choir Members are invited and welcome to join us and take part in:
ROCK & SIGN
Rock & Sign Sessions take place with Stacey online 5 days a week and last for approximately 45 minutes. Sessions are available to all new and existing Members. If you are a Rock Choir Member, you can now find full access to these sessions and future times/dates inside your Members Area.
Each Rock & Sign session consists of a get-fit style warm-up, singing along tasks, learning to sign, dancing, and warming down against a backdrop of popular Rock Choir tracks and other well-known music! The sessions offer a fun and friendly opportunity to learn sign language and promote positive well-being.
Members can attend as many sessions as they wish during the week and there is no need to book!
Access details for each of the sessions can be found in our Members Area and sessions run in line with the Rock Choir Term dates.
As this new project develops, we will be on the look-out for Rock Choir Members who demonstrate a deeper understanding of and flare for sign language and have the potential to interview for a future project called ‘The Hands That Rock’ which will potentially take their new skills even further in Rock Choir.
THE HANDS THAT ROCK
Members of The Hands That Rock will have been specially invited by Stacey Stockwell based on their understanding and delivery of sign language during the Rock & Sign sessions.
Members of The Hands That Rock will be required to pass Stacey Stockwell’s sign language course (which will be provided free to those selected) and gain an in-house certification. This will allow ‘The Hands That Rock’ Members to officially sign at future performances helping make Rock Choir accessible to the Deaf/deaf and Disabled communities.
Due to the high level of expertise needed to be selected for The Hands That Rock this opportunity will not be available to everyone. Numbers are extremely limited and certification is required. However, our brand new Rock & Sign sessions are available to everybody and have been designed to help members learn and understand sign language and disabilities in an uplifting environment.