Harmoneyes is run by Simon Astill with the support of Sue Bailey-Douglas. They are an award winning duo, who have been performing signed songs together for the past seven years and have performed in the O2 Arena in London, the LG Arena in Birmingham, the Liverpool Echo Arena, Wembley Arena, Hull City Hall, Sheffield City Hall and the Jersey Opera House. They have performed signed songs alongside stars such as Matt Cardle, Alesha Dixon and Bars and Melody.
We also provide Signed Singing tuition and performances as well as running a Signing Choir project and providing Deaf Awareness Training for businesses and community organisations. From September 2018, we will be starting British Sign Language accredited courses allowing people to learn BSL at a taster course and then progressing to level one.
Simon has always had a fondness of music despite being profoundly Deaf and not being able to hear a note, he wants to share his love of music with other Deaf people through signed singing. He has been performing signed songs for the past 18 years and he loves performing!
Simon has had a number of years working with the Deaf community and understands the problems faced by Deaf people every day. He has many years of Deaf Awareness training under his belt and past clients have included Trent Region NHS Trust and Nottinghamshire Police as well as a number of schools and colleges.
Simon has been a tutor for the past fifteen years, and was awarded the adult Tutor of the year award and also was part of the successful Cascade Project which provided computer training for Deaf and Disabled people in Nottinghamshire which won the covetted National Training Award for the East Midlands. For the past 5 years Simon has worked in a variety of roles at schools in Nottingham and coaches the young people in a variety of topics including PHSE, Sign Language and football. He also supports local junior school children develop signed songs to perform to the general public.
Sue is a qualified teacher specialising in Sport, Nutrition and Mathematics. She is hearing and has several members of her family with Deaf issues. She has studied Deaf Awareness and British Sign Language Level 1, 2, 3 and 6. She has been working with Deaf people for ten years in an educational setting as a Communication Support Worker.
Harmoneyes have performed together for the past five years to bring this visual wonder to hearing people who are amazed by the ability to tell the story of asong in a visual way which is accessible for everyone. The highlight so far has been recently performing with the Voice in a Million choir at the O2 Arena in London, the LG Arena in Birmingham and Wembley Arena.