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After a successful performance at this year's Paralympics Closing Ceremomy, the British Paraorchestra are the stars of a new charity single: 'True Colors' with the Kaos Signing Choir for Deaf and Hearing Children and the voices of ParalympicsGB.
The world’s first ensemble of professional disabled musicians, the British Paraorchestra, is aiming to top the charts this Christmas with its recording of True Colors. Members of ParalympicsGB, famous for their sporting achievements at the London 2012 Games, prove themselves as talented musicians in the video, performing alongside the orchestra and the Kaos Signing Choir for Deaf and Hearing Children.
Among the orchestra is Lyn Levett, who has cerebral palsy and cannot speak, but uses a tablet computer to communicate. Thanks to state of the art technology, Lyn sings the opening lyrics to the single through her computer for the first time.
British Paraorchestra conductor and founder Charles Hazelwood said: "The song True Colors played by disabled musicians, sung by deaf and hearing children and supported by Paralympians captures the longing and the joy of being seen for who you truly are. I'm crossing everything in hope that the great British public will get behind the single, as they did with ParalympicsGB and support the mission. What better way to celebrate Christmas!"
The single, released on the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December, is raising money in support of the ParalympicsGB team in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, and will also enable Kaos choir to set up a Saturday signing choir. Money raised will also go towards the Paraorchestra's future projects.