Month: January 2016

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:

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!