– Braille Music

A beautiful tribute to Louis Braille and a fascinating look at how blind musicians work together to create music in this wonderful documentary that hits all the high notes!

Braille, a reading system invented in France in 1824, made it possible for the blind to read. But did you know it also allowed them to read music?

French educator Louis Braille, who created the system, was also a musician and he adapted it for other blind musicians to use. It opened the door for visually impaired people to learn what the great composers has written for the world as musical classics. In this fascinating documentary, American filmmaker Michael House brings together six blind musicians, ranging in age from 17 to 65, in London to record a tribute to Louis Braille. Braille Music gives a glimpse of the hard work that goes into rehearsals and recordings and shows top-class musicians practising their craft.

The film also takes an emotional trip to Paris to learn more about the remarkable story of Braille’s inventor. Blind due to a childhood accident, Louis Braille devised the revolutionary system when he was only 15 years old. Though he had a successful career as a teacher, his method would be used in education only after his death.

Braille Music is a wonderful behind-the-scenes look at how music is made and is a must-see for music lovers and history enthusiasts alike.

Approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes
Dialogues in English with Cantonese Dubbing, Chinese and English subtitles

  • Audio Description in English
  • 通達字幕
  • Accessible Captions
  • Online Programme

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    Approx 1 hr 20 mins
    Dialogues in English, with Cantonese Dubbing, Audio Description in Chinese and English, Chinese and English subtitles

    • Audio Description
    • 通達字幕
    • Accessible Captions

    Synopsis

    Six blind professional musicians ranging in age from 17 to 65 come together in a London recording studio to create and record a musical tribute to Louis Braille. The film reveals the musical life of the famous inventor of the tactile reading and writing system which bears his name. Featuring an all-blind cast on camera, an international group of visually impaired musicians, historians and music professionals come together to share and pay tribute to the blind French 19th century musician and educator whose invention changed the world forever.

    Hope

    Word: Emily Dickinson
    Music: Zoe Dixon

    Hope is a song written by composer Zoe Dixon. She sets to music the famous poem by Emily Dickinson, arranging a work for piano, voice, lute, recorder, flute, clarinet and tabla. The song was written to honour Louis Braille.

    The film documents the creation of Hope, which is composed, rehearsed and recorded entirely using braille. The song is performed by an all-blind group of professional musicians in London. All proceeds from the song sales were given to a UK charity which helps young blind musicians.

    Hope” is the thing with feathers
    That perches in the soul,
    And sings the tune without the words,
    And never stops at all.
    And sweetest in the Gale is heard;
    And sore must be the storm
    That could abash the little Bird
    That kept so many warm.
    I’ve heard it in the chilliest land
    And on the strangest Sea;
    Yet, never, in Extremity,
    It asked a crumb of me.

    – Emily Dickinson

    Director’s Message

    Art is not limited to visual media. In fact, I feel artists who work in non-visual media, such as music, tap into things the eye only skims the surface of. The Little Prince’s maxim—“what is essential is invisible to the eye”—is, in my opinion, certainly the case with art. Working with the artists making Braille Music was wonderful, and the fact they all had a visual impairment was not my motivation for making this film; it was rather the passion, creativity and professionalism of these musicians which interested me in the project and which made the experience so gratifying for me. I really just pressed record on the camera and they made the magic happen. As with any professional, those in this film use tools that help them succeed; in this case the tool is braille, which is one of humankind’s greatest inventions. I hope that you forget that this film features only blind people; I hope you forget that because you are moved and interested in them as artists, not as blind people.

    Michael House

    Director/Story Editor
    Michael House
    Juliette Andrews
    Cast
    Marc Aufrant
    Peter Bosher
    Tom Bullen
    Zoe Dixon
    Liz Hargest
    Andy Howard
    Roxane Jeseck
    Dominique Levacque
    David Aprahamian Liddle
    Victoria Oruwari
    Caroline Risdon
    Grace Risdon
    James Risdon
    Kevin Satizabal
    Baluji Shivastav
    Nick Taylor
    Rommy Turtev
    Matthew Wadsworth
    Producer
    Michael House
    Executive Producer
    Mike House
    Associate Producer
    Sarah Vermande
    Music
    Zoe Dixon
    Michael House
    Cinematography
    Ella Finch
    Michael House
    Greg Hargest
    Film Editing
    Michael House
    Sound Mixer
    John Lee Anthony Scott
    Music Supervisors
    Peter Bosher
    Nick Taylor
    Researcher
    Ella Finch
    Cantonese Dubbing
    Voasia Production Co.

    Programme Guide

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    House Programme

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    Co-presented by

    Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

    Strategic Supporting Partner

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