Richard Howarth talks to ITV about music industry’s perceptions of disabled artists

Richard Howarth with Olympic torch in Westhoughton

Richard Howarth (OS 2010) has appeared on Granada Reports to discuss changing the negative perceptions the music industry has about blind and disabled artists.

His appearance came as part of the ITV Fixers project – a charity which encourages young people to take action and change things for the better, addressing any issue they feel strongly about.

Richard told the Fixers website:

I want to fix the discrimination in the music industry and, being blind and a singer, this means a lot to me.

I’m really putting my all behind this campaign of getting more blind and disabled people into the music industry.

Richard was an inspiration to pupils and staff while he was at Stockport Grammar, taking part in residential trips, completing his bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s award, sitting  music exams in singing and the flute, and performing in productions of The Wizard of Oz , Fiddler on the Roof and Les MisĂ©rables.

Last year, Richard was chosen to be an Olympic torchbearer (as pictured above) in Westhoughton, Bolton after being nominated for the honour by current Stockport Grammar Junior School teacher Mrs Debbie Flint.

Richard’s story was featured on the 6pm ITV1 edition of Granada Reports on Thursday 3rd January.

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