This term we ran community singing groups across two libraries, Forest Gate and Stratford, both in Newham. This project was led by three young artists – Itoya Osagiede, Mohan Dhar and Priscilla Hossain and funded through a small ‘Go For It’ Grant from Newham, London. This was managed by Forest Voices Community Choir and produced through Living Song CIC. The choirs shared their learning at two ‘Informances’, which included the switching on of the Christmas lights at Stratford on 1st December.
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Choral Teacher Education. On Wednesday 15th November we held the first of three training days for our London Based CME course. 20 delegates signed up, many of whom were returning to deepen practice, but we also had a good number of new attendees. Jane Wheeler and David Lawrence took delegates through the course outline, ‘Circle of Sound’ voice work, and introduced the repertoire and techniques for score study. The repertoire focus for this year included Laudamus Te by Antonio Vivaldi, arr. Doreen Rao; I Hate Music, A Cycle of Five Kids Songs by Leonard Bernstein, Arr. Robert Page; Odi Odi, a Tamil folk song, arr. Stephen Hatfield; Seoithin Seo, Irish Lullaby, arr. Rosaleen Malloy; and Imbakwa, Tanzanian influenced song by Jim Papoulis. NewYVC will be the ‘choir in residence’ on the next course day, which is Saturday 6th January 2018.
Community Links has commissioned Living Song CIC to set up and run two singing projects. The first is at the ASTA Community Centre in Silvertown, where we hope to bring the community together through singing. The second is working with two groups of B.A.M.E women, supporting them to develop their confidence through singing, with the aim of achieving successful interview-for-work techniques. We will evaluate the impact in February.
Forest Voices Community Choir has gone from strength to strength this year. They have grown to a regular 25 members, singing a wide range of repertoire from classical choral, world folk, pop and rock favourites. They have supported their local community, managing and often singing as part of the Library Choirs Project, singing for the switch on of the Forest Gate and Stratford Christmas lights; as well as raising funds for two charities, singing at the local Saturday market and on their annual ‘pub crawl’ fund raiser. If you’d like to join the choir, contact Forest Voices E7 on Facebook.
For the fourth year running we were asked to run the Turn It Up project for the whole of Year 4 at Plaistow Primary last month. Working with two of the Living Song team, the children developed their singing skills and confidence, and explored their learning about music through creating two new songs collaboratively. The children were 100% engaged throughout and both teachers were thrilled at the outcome.
We congratulate NewYVC on another highly successful evening, led almost entirely by the young artists themselves. The audience was treated to quality solos, duets, choral and audience singing, warming the hearts of everyone present. We look forward to 2018 with great relish.
In July, NewYVC hosted Peace In Every Voice at the Southbank Centre, London.
An audience choir also added their sound to the mix. This was made up of six community choirs, including Forest Voices, Nelson Staff Choir and the Isle of Dogs Community Choir.
The performance 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 firstname.lastname@example.org at Stratford Circus.
By popular demand, the CME choral conducting course, East London, will run again for the fifth year. 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.
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 from Carlow, Ireland; Dunfermline, Scotland; and London, England – will join together to make this a true 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 southbankcentre.co.uk and do so. Come and join us as we raise our voices for PEACE.