YOUNGSTERS from throughout West Yorkshire hope to hit the "Hi-Notes" in Huddersfield next month.

Local charity Music and the Deaf hopes to showcase its work with young people with a hearing impairment at a performance in December.

Hi-Notes is an after-school initiative set up by Music and The Deaf as part of the Government's Music Manifesto, which has the aim of providing "more music for more people".

Sue Rosborough, the company's administrator said: "We focus on the things that the young people can do and not what they can't. Just because the participants have a hearing impairment doesn't mean that they can't get pleasure from music – they get this through vibration, touch and sight."

Hi-Notes sessions are led by Paul Whittaker and Danny Lane, both profoundly deaf musicians.

Paul Whittaker founded the charity in 1988 so that other people with hearing problems could gain enjoyment from music.

"Both Paul and Danny are role models for the young people. They recognise that they too can become successfully involved with music and the arts," said Sue.

Hi-Notes sessions are held across West Yorkshire. To celebrate a successful first year, members of clubs from Dewsbury, Huddersfield and Bradford came together in Halifax to give a performance in July.

There will be another performance next month at a date and venue yet to be set.

Music and the Deaf is based at The Media Centre in Huddersfield town centre.

Contact is via or 01484 483115.