Martine McCutcheon helps a woman who has lost her voice box due to cancer sing a Christmas carol

A woman who had her larynx removed after being diagnosed with cancer performed a Christmas carol for her sister with Love Actually actress Martine McCutcheon using vocal technology.

Tanja Bage, one of two others, a former stage performer from Leeds, had her larynx removed after being diagnosed with throat cancer in 2020 and can now speak through a valve. voice.

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Miss Bage sings through Electrospit (Vodafone UK)

But through modern technology, McCutcheon’s voice is transferred from the recording studio to the Electrospit, a smart instrument that Miss Bage wears around her neck and vocal samples pass through her throat, allowing her to shape the sound. into Silent Night.

Ms. Bage and McCutcheon were then able to perform the carol for Mia, Bage’s younger sister. The brothers were quarantined by the Covid-19 lockdown during Ms. Bage’s treatment and during her early recovery.

The duets used Vodafone’s 5G network to sing in unison.

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McCutcheon sang from the recording studio (Vodafone UK)

“The hardest thing about this (when I had the dialog removed) was that my voice was lost,” Ms. Bage said.

“Obviously I still have a voice, but not a natural voice.

“My sister and I have always been very close, and she has always been my biggest fan.

“Being able to surprise her on my doorstep and perform in this whole new way makes me feel really special… I never thought I would be performing this way again.”

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Martine McCutcheon and Tanja Bage (Vodafone UK)

McCutcheon said she was “blown away” by the technology.

“Being able to work with Vodafone to make Tanja and Mia’s Christmas super magical is a real privilege for me,” said the 46-year-old EastEnders star.

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“I am excited to learn about the laryngectomy community and hope this project will educate the wider public on how to help remove any stigma that people with diverse voices may face.”

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