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NewYVC at Southbank

In July, NewYVC hosted Peace In Every Voice at the Southbank Centre, London.

The 500 strong massed choir NewYVC UNITE sang their hearts out with NewYVC and guest choirs Aspiro from IrelandThe Dunfermline Junior Chorus from Scotland, and the Ricards Lodge Chamber choir.

An audience choir made up of six community choirs also added their sound, including Forest Voices, Nelson staff choir and the Isle of Dogs Community Choir.

This was the outcome of a two year singing programme, including teacher and young artist training and development, repertoire sharing, workshops in schools, cluster and massed rehearsals and a series of increasingly high profile performances, led by Stratford Circus in partnership with Living Song CIC.


After the success of hosting Peace In Every Voice at Southbank in July (film to follow), we hope many more young singers from the massed NewYVC Unite will come and join the main choir. This year once again they will be developing their singing techniques, singing a wide range of music and creating music together for fun and for performance. Some of the young music mentors will be promoted to the role of young artists and those who are ready will be invited to become new young music mentors.
To join the choir, contact us , or email Rebecca Lees at Stratford Circus.

CME 2017-18

* We still have 2 places available for this course. Apply below

The CME Choral conducting course, East London will run again for the fifth year, by popular demand. Framed within an enjoyable, connecting learning environment the course offers conducting and vocal technique classes, demonstration choir, rehearsal pedagogy, comprehensive musical study, score marking and analysis, conducting Master Class option, a package of wide ranging choral music and CME Certification. Again this will be led by a world class team including David Lawrence, Jane Wheeler and Mandy Miller.

The Course will take place on three separate dates as follows: 1. Weds 15th Nov ’17, 10.00am – 5.30pm, 2. Sat 6th Jan ’18, 10.00am – 5.30pm, 3. Sat 17th Feb ’18, 10.00am – 5.30pm. The course is designed to cater for levels 1, 2, 3 and 3+ determined by annual participation. Artist Teacher Certification is by application after successful completion of Level 3 and requires recommendation of Institute Faculty.

For more information contact Jane Wheeler. Download the flyer (PDF) and booking form (Word .doc).


We have been so moved by all the reports of endeavour and enjoyment in preparation for this event. Over 500 people; school children, young people, adults, teachers, and artists, in Carlow, Ireland, Dunfermline, Scotland and London, England. It truly will be a celebration of peace and community, in every voice. Beautiful songs in many languages, including English, Hindi, Arabic, Twi and Zulu will fill the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank. If you’ve not booked your tickets yet, please visit and do so. Come and join us as we raise our voices for PEACE.

Teacher Collaboration and Innovation

James Biddulph, the Head Teacher of Cambridge University Primary School linked up with Jane Wheeler from Living Song in leading his staff day of  collaboration and creativity, building a learning culture of trust and teamwork. We sang our socks off and the team wrote a new song for their school. The Brilliant Bus is bound to be a hit with the children!
Contact Living Song if you have a plan for a team building training based on inventive play using singing, body beats, music and voice work!

The Great Get Together!

We have brought together four local community choirs, with a shared repertoire to sing at the Great Get Together at Queen Elizabeth Park this weekend, in memory of Jo Cox and and all people suffering loss and heartache at this time. NewYVC, Forest Voices, The Isle Of Dogs choir and Stratford Library Singers will join voices in solidarity and community. We hope to see you there!

CME Choral Conducting and choir leading 2017-18

It is rewarding to note that one of the important legacies to come from this course is the repertoire we learned that will contribute to a wonderful evening at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank. Five of the pieces studied and rehearsed in great depth by choir leaders at last years CME course will feature in Peace For Every Voice, Including Living Song by David Brunner, Inngiqtuq by Mark Sirett and MESSAGE, written by 5 young artists, facilitated by composer Errollyn Wallen. Watch this space for details of next years course, which will again run on one Wednesday and two Saturdays between October 2017 to March 2018.

CME London Course 2016-17

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.

World Of Song, Bromley Youth Music Trust

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

Forest Voices logoForest 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!