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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 February 2006, 16:39 GMT
Symphony is sweet music for kids
Child playing violin
The children were given the chance to make their own music
A group of profoundly deaf children from Devon have been making music with a city symphony orchestra.

The children from Plymouth's Eggbuckland Vale Primary School were all born severely or profoundly deaf.

But audio technology developments mean children with significant deafness now have improved aided hearing.

For some of the children, the musical event on Monday night was the first time they had been able to hear live music performed.

To see these kids making sounds and enjoying it really is tremendous
Christine Ramsay, Plymouth Symphony Orchestra

School teacher Sian Aubrey believes the experience was invaluable in helping to develop the children's self confidence.

She said: "Some of the children who wouldn't go up to the musicians when we came in are now queuing up without any support for their second and third try at an instrument."

Symphony bass player Christine Ramsay, who organised the event, said watching the children having fun with music was very rewarding.

"Music is a passion in my life and to see these kids making sounds and enjoying it really is tremendous," she said.

More than 800 children in the UK are born with significant deafness every year.

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