Raising the Bar - celebrating the success of deaf young performers

We are looking for deaf young people who are the performing stars of today, to Raise the Bar and show the world how good they are!

Raising the Bar logo

The ‘Raising the Bar’ project was developed by the National Deaf Children’s Society in 2015 to drive expectations of what deaf children and young people in the UK can achieve in dance and music.

See below for an amazing short film where our 12 stars from 2015 tell you about their experience at our first ever Raising the Bar masterclass at the REP in central Birmingham.

In 2016, we launched our second Raising the Bar event, introducing a third new workshop in drama. Doubling the number of places available, 24 lucky winners received a place at the masterclass directed by leading deaf professionals in the industry, at the prestigious mac birmingham in the West Midlands. The showcase proved that deaf young people can perform to a very high standard, a very well done to everyone involved.

Following the huge success of both events, we are now planning Raising the Bar 2017. We are delighted to offer 32 places at our new Raising the Bar masterclass, that promises to be even bigger and better! See below for details on how to enter the new competition for this year:

Raising the Bar 2015 Film

Enter the Raising the Bar competition

It's easy to apply!

Just click the image below:

Raising the Bar

To enter, the young person will need to check out the competition Terms and Conditions before they enter.

The competition is open until midnight on 12 February 2017.


More details about Raising the Bar 2017

We are delighted to announce the launch, for the third year running, of our Raising the Bar 2017 competition. The competition will be open from 9 January 2017 until 12 February 2017.

We are searching for talented young deaf musicians, dancers, actors and signed singers between 8-18yrs, from all over the UK.

The prize is a spot at the Raising the Bar masterclass on the weekend of 22-23 April 2017, led by successful professional deaf artists, from Music and the Deaf, Deafinitely Theatre and Deaf Man Dancing. At the end of the weekend, there will a chance to perform in a spectacular showcase on an amazing stage. There are a whopping 32 places on offer!

If you know a young person who might be interested please do spread the word. It's really easy to enter. All we need is for an online form to be completed, and to receive a link to, or to receive a file of, the young person performing for two minutes max, just a snapshot of what they can do.

We appreciate that some parents may be concerned about travel costs or other associated costs. Accommodation for the child and one parent, and food for the child during the workshops will be provided.

For families where costs are a barrier for their deaf child to attend please get in touch with us as the Inclusion Grant may be able to help. Just email me2@ndcs.org.uk.

To enter, the young person will need to check out the competition Terms and Conditionsbefore they enter. The competition is open until midnight on 12 February 2017.

If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing me2@ndcs.org.uk.

Good Luck!


Music and Performing Arts resources

We have a number of resources that are available to support professionals working with deaf children and young people.

If you would like more information or some extra support, please contact the Inclusive Activities team at me2@ndcs.org.uk.