On Weds 18th March we will hold the last of this three-day course for choral teachers and conductors. Our visiting guest conductor will be David Brunner, from U.S.A, who will also be the guest visiting composer for the NewYVC Unite Cluster rehearsals the same week. We expect twenty-five teachers to go through to certification this year! Details of the next course will be announced in our summer newsletter.
Living Song is leading on the World Of Song with an SEN focus for the Bromley Youth Music Trust this year. The musical director, plus a number of young artists from the NewYVC Unite programme will teach on a series of teacher trainings and school based and cluster rehearsals, culminating in a performance in early July 2017.
Forest Voices, based at Woodgrange Infant School, Sebert Rd, London E7, have enjoyed a short project led by Paul Watson, our local ‘Inspirational’ MD and Singing Leader. They’re learning a gospel arrangement of ‘One Voice’ among other repertoire. Watch this space for our next singing party! Have a listen to a rehearsal in progress below!
Newham Council has commissioned Living Song to offer a community singing opportunity at Stratford Library every Friday evening from 6 – 7.30pm for the Community Neighbourhoods extended hours programme. Local artists and singing leaders will lead each session, culminating in a sharing event in early May 2017. Everyone welcome! Come on down and set ‘the tone’ for your weekend!
Jane Wheeler from Living Song continues to lead teacher training for teachers on the British Council World Voice programme. The focus is training and Continuing Professional Develop for primary teachers and singing leaders in pedagogy, using singing to enhance engagement in the everyday school curriculum, language learning and developing a sense of global citizenship through learning songs contributed by participating countries from around the developing world.
Here’s a reminder that Living Song offers bespoke teacher training and school based projects based on a wide rage of possibilities. As an example we recently led a ‘twilight’ training for staff at Colgrave Primary School in Newham, supporting teachers to see how they can use classroom instrument, combined with singing to help bring their curriculum alive. The training reportedly inspired teachers to make more music in their everyday classrooms!
Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have an idea for your school, or organisation.
On 18th July 2017, Living Song will be working with Stratford Circus to programme this NewYVC festival of song, with 500 singers from across Newham and East London Schools, NewYVC and visiting choirs from Scotland, Ireland and Merton, West London. Details for Peace in Every Voice – NewYVC Unite Festival 2017.
We are inviting community choirs to join us in the opening and closing pieces of the event, for which we will share for FREE musical scores, backing tracks and performance tracks on our arrangement of Senzeni Na and MESSAGE. You can register your interest by clicking here and we’ll send you further info, music, audio and a reduced £1 ticket price code! Anyone can participate in this special offer and we particularly encourage community choirs to do so!
The youth choir based at Stratford Circus has had a busy couple of months. They were invited to join a massed choir for the WHY? Festival at Southbank, London in October. During a break between the rehearsals and performance with the Roundhouse Choir, The David Idowu Choir and the Royal Docks Singstars among others, NewYVC performed their own set in the Clore Ball Room Bar to the enjoyment of the guests. It was a wonderful, musical day led by Osnat Schmool from Filament Theatre, helping our new members to feel part of the choir and culminating in a grand performance in the Royal Festival Hall, which involved additional youth groups including In Harmony, Lambeth.
The following month NewYVC performed alongside the London International Gospel Choir in the beautiful Covent Garden St Paul’s Church as part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival A joyful evening had by all!
Meanwhile the NewYVC Associate young artists have been teaching choirs and singing groups in 16 partner schools across East London this term. They prepared everyone for two Cluster rehearsals with NewYVC UNITE massed choir. The fabulous Gouri Choudhury joined the artistic team for the Clusters as a guest artist, introducing five hundred children Vande Materam, a traditional and much loved Indian Song, especially arranged by Steve Lodder for NewYVC UNITE.
Once again Living Song was invited back to lead the Turn It Up Festival for all Year 4 pupils at Plaistow Primary School this month. 60 pupils created their own Turn It Up Blues while learning about developments in blues, jazz and pop music since the 1920’s. Working with two artists through Living Song, the children’s teachers were also inspired, not only because of their pupils 100% engagement, but because of their own enjoyment of singing and co-writing the songs!
A fantastic first day of the CME teaching and conducting course at Stratford Circus. Guest conductor David Lawrence and the faculty introduced the music and CME philosophy to 27 delegates from all over London and the UK. The room was filled with singing in the Circle Of Sound. Eight pieces for choirs from the CME series will be the focus of the work on this course, Let Beauty Awake by Vaughn Williams, Inngiqtuq (She Sings) by Mark Sirrett, and Trouble Fly by Patricia M Runkle. We very much look forward to digging even deeper into techniques through the music with Mandy Miller and Simon Werner on 7th January for day two of CME London.