In this year when people around the world are celebrating the 250th birth anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven, blind and hearing impaired children in the Tokyo White Hands Chorus, an El Sistema based music education program in Tokyo, are preparing to sing Beethoven's Ode to Joy, the final chorus in his Symphony No. 9. They have submitted their video as part of the Global Ode to Joy project, an international celebration of Beethoven, which is supporting musicians that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. " class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">
Kayo, a totally blind girl, cannot help singing Ode to Joy in German while riding the bicycle. Due to COVID-19, Tokyo White Hands Chorus members had been practicing on the internet. Now they can do their first face-to-face session. It was so excited to meet Ms. Yoshikawa, their new teacher and sing together with friends, whom they had not been able to see for the last 8 months. Watch the video here.