Month: March 2019


We are delighted to celebrate that 23 delegates went through to certification on our Choral Music Experience course this year. Half were returning conductors for the second, or third time, deepening their singing, teaching and conducting practice, half were new to the course. Feedback was resoundingly positive.

For Example:

  • I’m getting more and more each year. The more you look, the more you see!” Young Artist, NewYVC
  • Great fun and I learned a great deal. Hopefully i will be able to use it in rehearsals” Organist and Choral Director, Cambridge
  • It has enabled me to be able to develop the way I teach and focus on being more accurate”, Community Choir Leader
  • I definitely learned a lot. More skills for my tool box!” Singer and community choir leader
  • It has been a pleasure to grow and learn, to be with like minded people the encourage you” Primary teacher and choir leader
  • It has made me think a lot about what I’m doing physically when I’m standing in front of a choir. I have loved learning from such fabulous Experts” Head of Music, Lister Secondary School. 

The next course dates will be announced in the summer, so please watch this space! 


We Continue to work with Bromley Youth Music Trust (BYMT) to create new songs with the children learning within Bromley Special Educational Needs Units. Having completed workshops for children in KS 1, we are now working with children in KS 2, teaching active warm up and engagement songs and facilitating song making based on topics the children are working on. Everything from The Tempest, or Electricity, through to Dinosaurs. Click here for the first draft recording! The children are now set to practice their songs and will be sharing them with other participating schools in the summer. This project is funded through Youth Music. Final versions of the songs will eventually be uploaded onto the BYMT website for all schools to be able to download and learn in relation to the Primary Curriculum. 

It was so lovely to be able to join in and observe the children, without the pressure of being in charge.  Some of them amazed me with how well they participated.” Fiona Reid-Smith, Special Provisions Teacher

The NewMen boys choir 2019

The NewMen boys only choir project is coming to the end of it’s pilot phase. We have chosen to focused our energy on just one venue Beckton Globe Library for this project. This is as much because of their incredible support, but because we have identified a strong need for engaging, fun, safe activities for boys in this area. We are encouraged by the growing numbers of boys wanting to join the group. For the last two week the lead team of young male artists have offered workshops in surrounding schools on a voluntary basis to ensure that boys in the area know about the opportunity. We now hope to continue the project into the summer months. 

NewYVC 2019

NewYVC, based at Stratford Circus is in full flow this term. The young artists are delivering workshops in 22 schools, along with a music peripatetic from the Newham Music Trust. This is towards the cluster rehearsals coming up at the end of March and the four nights of our Summer Sing in July. The choir also had an opportunity to work with Helen Yeomans in preparation for their part in One World London in April and May. This is a series of four performance events across venues in London, raising awareness of how we need to absolutely start looking after our world. A representative of Amnesty International described it as “One of the most moving musical events I have ever been to”. For ticket info nation, please click here.  Please come and support NewYVC and the One World Choir! They are also preparing for a special night as a ‘Give-A-Gig’ on Sunday 7th April to raise funds for, and awareness of Youth Music. We will be welcoming special guests, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra all the way from Washington DCYou can pre-book your tickets here

The SJMO is made up of 17 incredible jazz musicians who call Washington, D.C. home.