Paul Whittaker – Creator of Songs in BSL

I’m a musician who has been deaf from birth, and for 27 years ran the charity “Music and the Deaf” which I founded in 1988. I started signing songs in the 1980’s and have over 25 years’ experience of signing theatre shows and concerts. I currently runs 6 signing choirs, lead signed song workshops and adjudicate signing choir classes at music festivals.


In 2007 I was awarded an OBE for Services to Music.


I am passionate about raising standards of BSL signed song and hope you enjoy watching and learning.


My way is not the only way to sign songs, but my aim with this website is to help you improve and develop your skills. There are lots of signed songs videos on social media but many are in SSE (Signed Supporting English) and so don’t show what the song means. My videos will allow you to understand, translate and perform songs more successfully