Issued 26 November

Five budding young filmmakers from Coventry are set to celebrate with a screening of their short film ?The Naughty Robber? at Young Deaffest, part of the UK?s only Deaf-led Film and Television Festival.

The children, who attend the Hearing Impaired Unit at Howes Community Primary School, took part in the Pipe Up! project co-ordinated by the Education and Community team at Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham.

The project saw the youngsters visit Coventry Cathedral to find out more about the Pipe Organ and take part in workshops to put together a multi-media composition.

?The Naughty Robber? was scripted, filmed, acted and produced by the pupils and follows the story of Fast Fiona and the Strongest Man In The World as they chase a robber who has a neat trick of disappearing with stolen jewels.

Howes Community Primary School teacher Lucy Carradine said, “The children really enjoyed being part of the project and were so proud to show their films in assembly to the whole school. The staff were fantastic at communicating with the children so their deafness wasn’t a barrier to the activity.?

Town Hall and Symphony Hall Education Project Manager Liv James said, ?This is the first time a Pipe Up! Project has taken place with a Hearing Impaired Group and the results were fantastic. It was brilliant to see the way the children reacted to the sounds of the Pipe Organ at Coventry Cathedral and it was a pleasure to work with such creative young people.?

“The Naughty Robber” will be screened at the Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton on Friday 28 November at 2pm.

Deaffest celebrates the talents of UK and international Deaf filmmakers and media artists. For more on the programme of events visit


Note to Editors

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a registered charity. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and a thriving education/community department reaches a further 20,000 people of all ages.

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).

The promotion of music as a life-enhancing tool is at the heart of THSH?s work. Symphony Hall has a long history of working with 5-18 year olds, offering many ways to participate and develop skills whilst supporting teachers and group leaders. Town Hall helps us to extend this work by providing additional performance, training and lifelong learning opportunities for under 5s, families and senior citizens from all walks of life. We expect to reach more than 20,000 people every year.