Forest Voices Adult Community Choir 2016

Forest Voices adult community choir continue to grow and inspire their audiences. Over Christmas they sang for Forest Roots folk club and for the switching on of the lights by Sir Robin Wales, the Mayor of Newham. This year they are set to perform and join in the fun for the CHORUS Festival at Southbank, London, over the weekend of 18th / 19th March 2016.

Forest Voices is not only a singing group but a community of East London people with a zest for life and adventure. As one of the choir’s newer members explains, “Joining Forest Voices has hugely increased my social life and my connection with local people. I’m not sure I’ve fully found my singing voice yet, but it’s rapidly improving!” Nicola Samson, PhD and Newham resident.

The choir meets every term-time Thursday from 7 – 8.45pm @ Woodgrange Primary School, E7. There is always room for more singers of every level with Forest Voices. Just turn up!

Teach Through Music 2015

Teach Through Music 2015Shaping the future of KS3 music in London, Teach Through Music embodies the ethos of music as the dominant language of the classroom and teachers and pupils behaving as musicians, being empowered through creative ownership. We want to support teachers to invest in their leadership skills and subject knowledge: sound-connections.org.uk

VOICE WORKS: Singing & Co-Design – a film
This film features Amy Haynes from Lister Community School in Newham and others involved the Voice Works short course, talking about the development of singing as a musical learning activity. They discuss her development in the area of singing for Lister, and her learning of working in partnership with colleagues. Voice Works was a Teach Through Music short course delivered by Sound Connections and led by Jane Wheeler of Living Song. It supported teachers to develop skills in vocal leadership and consider strategies to get every child singing at KS3.

Literacy Through Vocal Performance Sept – Nov 2015

Literacy Through Vocal Performance project built upon previous training in choral speaking, but added an additional and exciting dimension to the practitioner’s repertoire of vocal performance strategies. Just as with choral speaking, the techniques learnt in song writing enabled the practitioner and pupils to explore language, meaning and message collaboratively and perform joyously, effectively and expressively as an outcome for cross curricular work. This training assisted teachers in covering many statutory requirements of reading comprehension and writing composition from the new Primary National Curriculum. The project involved 16 Primary schools across Newham and was developed and directed by Living Song, in collaboration with Newham Council and Elmhurst Primary School. Two Young Artists, Amina Gichinga and Nathan Davonte mentored teachers and pupils throughout the project and the performance outcome was a wonderful day of original song and spoken word sharing at Stratford Circus. Jane Wheeler from Living Song, who also led the initial teacher training, and Paul Lyalls warmed up the 300 or more children in preparation for their performance, contributing to a strong community atmosphere of adventure, sharing, mutual support and fun!

Speak Out! Sing Out!

Speak Out! Sing Out! is an innovative, creative, one-day workshop devised to 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 developed and extended to wider London schools after its popular success in Waltham Forest and Newham for the past two years.
Last term, Living Song ran Speak Out! Sing Out! in two Newham schools. The first was for a group of 20 Young Carers at Rokeby Secondary School, the second for a whole Yr 5 class at Grange Primary School learning for Anti-Bullying week.
Listen here to the song ‘Tell Someone’. All lyrics and melodies created and performed by Class 5, facilitated by Jane Wheeler, Naomi Scarlet, Georgia Thorpe and the pupil’s teacher Emanuel Osei.

Our Year 5 children worked on the Speak out! Sing Out! project with Living Song. They all engaged immediately with this creative approach during Anti-Bullying Week to produce a very thoughtful song. The children were very excited and were able to concentrate throughout the day on producing their lyrics and putting them to music. They, along with everyone at Grange are very proud of their recorded song!

Susan Carter – Head Teacher, Grange Primary School

CME Choral Music Experience: Singing, Conducting & Teaching Choirs.

CME Choral 2015-16 FlyerThere are still places on this inspirational East London-based CME (Choral Music Experience) course for choral conductors and teachers. No cover costs to your school. Light lunch and refreshments included! Contact us, or simply complete the CME 2015-16 Booking Form and email to info@livingsong.co.uk.

Download CME 2015-16 flyer.

CME Choral Conducting 2015-16

An intensive course on four Saturdays from 10 – 4pm during Oct 2015 – Feb 2016 offering internationally recognised certification and pathways in voice, choral pedagogy and conducting with members of the UK faculty, including: Mandy Miller, Simon Werner and Jane Wheeler.

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.

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

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.