Trumpeter Plays Again, 10 Years After Spine Injury
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 22, 2005
ORKNEY ISLANDS, SCOTLAND--Over a decade ago, Clarence Adoo was a well-known trumpet player who performed with the Northern Sinfonia chamber orchestra.
When his spine was injured in a car accident and he was paralyzed below the neck, few thought he would ever perform again.
But Wednesday afternoon, Adoo did perform at the St. Magnus Festival.
Adoo's instrument was not a traditional trumpet, but an electronic synthesizer called HeadSpace. Adoo controls the instrument by movements of head through a mounted sensor and by using his breaths through an air tube.
"First and foremost I just have to really, really try and keep focused and do my job the best I can," he told Grampian TV before the performance. "I don't think I will perhaps enjoy it until, hopefully, people are clapping and not throwing tomatoes at us. I think that's when it will really sink in as to what I've actually done."
Adoo said he hopes the performance will inspire other musicians with disabilities.
Related article with video clips:
"Paralysed musician makes comeback" (Grampian TV)
Clarence Adoo's Website