Month: November 2016

NewYVC Winter Season!

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!

Steve LodderMeanwhile 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.

Turn It Up!

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!

CME Choral Music Experience – teaching and conducting course, East London

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.

Newham Word Festival

Living Song has been invited to be part of the scoping team of organisations in Newham to plan and deliver a Newham Word Festival next year (working title). This will raise interest and skills in reading and literature for all residents across Newham whilst contributing to the corporate aims of:

  • A strong and cohesive community
  • An active and connected community
  • Young people get the best start in life
  • People are healthy

Living Song brings a vision of the power of singing and songwriting to enhance the experience of reading and a team of artists, passionate about the power of the word in song and rhyme. They are skilled in facilitating collaborative song making through reading and telling stories, transforming them into new songs for their makers to remember and enjoy for some time to come.