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Stratford Circus Arts Centre, In Association With Living Song Receives 3 Year Youth Music Funding

Stratford Circus Arts Centre, In Association With Living Song Receives 3 Year Youth Music FundingStratford Circus Arts Centre is thrilled to announce the receipt of funding from the National Foundation for Youth Music to deliver the New Young Voice Collective (NewYVC) Mass Singing Programme. Building on the vision of Jane Wheeler from Living Song and the legacy of the Stratford Circus’s highly successful resident choir of local young people, the NewYVC Mass Singing Programme will deliver a large-scale vocal development scheme for East London schools as well as offering teacher training, mentoring opportunities and professionally staged events. Continue reading

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Speak Out! Sing Out! Anti-Bullying Awareness through Music & Literacy

Speak Out! Anti-bullying playAnti-bullying awareness Speak Out! Sing Out!: an innovative, creative, one-day workshop devised through Living Song. We work with a whole class, or group, yr 5, 6, or 7 to compose a song collaboratively, developing language of emotional literacy. This special day has been extended to East London schools after its popular success in Waltham Forest for the past two years.

£985 early bird offer BOOK NOW!
If you book and confirm before the end of June 2015

Who is this workshop for?

  • Yr 5, 6, or 7 pupils
  • Teachers for their CPD

How much will it cost?

£1230 per school, this includes:

  • 3 artists working with one class for the day
  • A copy of the anti-bullying song written by the children and professionally recorded
  • Resources for teachers.

How to apply:

Contact Living Song to book your date between Sept and Dec 2015. Your school will be invoiced for a deposit of £50 to secure the date.

Click here to download Sing Out! Anti-Bullying Awareness through Music & Literacy workshop leaflet.

Speak Out! Sing Out! Anti-Bullying Awareness through Music & Literacy workshop overview

This is a one-day workshop specifically developed for all pupils with a particular emphasis on nurture groups and children who are at risk of being bullied, or who use bullying behaviour. It also Continue reading

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Vocal Collective East London: Young Music Mentors (YMMs)

Through Living Song, these outstanding young singers aged 16-26 from East London’s Solid Harmony, NewYVC, Stratford East Singers and beyond come together for special events and performances by request.

Just last week 8 singers sang their hearts out, invited by Youth Music, to help ICAP raise charity funds. These were Joseph Adelakun, Mohan Dhar, Amina Gichinga, Nadine Dyer, Laura Purling, Rivershaw and Wenona.

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Speak Out! Sing Out! Anti bullying through song writing project – Rokeby Boys school

Speak Out! Sing Out! is an innovative, creative, one day workshop devised through Living Song in preparation for Anti Bullying awareness building in primary and secondary schools. We work with a whole class, or group, KS2 and 3 to compose a song collaboratively, developing language of emotional literacy. On Weds 19th Nov, Linton Bennett, Amina Gichinga, Georgia Thorpe, and Jane Wheeler worked with 25 boys from across yr 7 – 10 at Rokeby Boys School to create an new song in this way. Watch this space to hear the recording. Continue reading

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CME London Choral Conducting Course 2014-15 with Doreen Rao, Simon Werner and Jane Wheeler

CME London Flyer 2014-15We are proud to announce that the CME London course has now become embedded into the UK wide Choral Music Experience (CME) programme for teachers and choral conductors, alongside Ireland and Scotland. This course promotes a studied and dynamic understanding of the repertoire, confident, expressive and skilful conducting, and non-verbal choral pedagogy used in a reflective and collaborative style. For information on current CME Institutes, go to choralmusicexperience.com.
Please click here to download the flyer (PDF) and the application form (Word) for the London course, based at Stratford Circus this year.
Feel free to pass on to any of your colleagues and please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information, or with your application.

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CME opening session with Doreen Rao, Saturday 8th November 2014

On Saturday 8th November, Dr. Doreen Rao led the first of 4 Saturday trainings for the CME Choral Conducting course hosted by Living Song at Stratford Circus. 26 teachers, vocal leaders, choir directors and artists were introduced to This repertoire-based course and workshop including cutting edge instruction in voice education, score preparation and musical analysis, conducting, program and rehearsal planning, choral pedagogy and performance practice. The professional development curriculum is distinguished by Doreen Rao’s performance approach to music education. It is rooted in the practice of awareness (mindfulness), the development of cultural sensitivity, and an exploration of socially engaged musicianship. Continue reading

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World Voice programme, British Council

From Barranquilla, ColombiaJane Wheeler of Living Song is proud to be a vocal leader on the World Voice programme. This is is a musical cultural exchange focusing on a mode of expression that children from all backgrounds and cultures are familiar with and enjoy – song. The project involves highly-skilled vocal leaders working with teachers and pupils to offer a unique and lively range of approaches and techniques to deliver singing, which it is hoped will inspire them to use song throughout the school day. The visits are complemented by British Council engagement with key stakeholders in each country, lobbying for recognition of the power and value of singing as a core part of every child’s education. Continue reading

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NewYVC (New Young Voice Collective). A case study.

Jane Wheeler at William Ellis SchoolNew YVC is a dynamic choir of 10-18 year olds who are resident at Stratford Circus, led by musical directors Jane Wheeler and Pam Hulme. Stratford Circus, in partnership with Living Song, successfully bid for funding from Youth Music and Newham Music Hub to support the development of this choir over a 2 year period.

The primary aim of this funded project is to establish a world class youth choir, recognised for excellence, innovation and inclusion, developing singing skills, confidence and leadership skills through the pursuit of musical excellence. Continue reading

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Yr 9 / 10 Songwriting Project

Living Song, in partnership with the Newham Academy of Music and Newham VIth Form College has now launched the new Yr 9 /10 Song writing programme being offered to Newham secondary schools.

The project also offers informal CPD for music teachers and is fully in line with the new OFSTED Section 5 references to literacy (used appropriately to support musical learning, spiritual, moral, social and cultural education), recognising the importance of music’s contribution to this aspect of a school’s overall effectiveness. Continue reading

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