Month: July 2020

Jago Manush Jago

Gouri ChoudhuryOn Thursday 9th July Forest Voices Community Choir hosted a combined choirs event in partnership with Living Song via Zoom, with guest International artist Gouri Choudhury. Members from Isle Of Dogs Voices, and NewYVC took part in the workshop, learning the poignant Bengali song Jago Manush Jago – Wake up Humankind wake up!

This is the beginning of an on going project. Our aim is to have fun singing and learning together as well as to support musicians in Bangladesh whose lives and work have been devastated by the onset of the pandemic. For further information about how you can support or take part in this project, please contact us.

CME London Course via ZOOM!

We are delighted to have been able to complete a successful CME London Choral Conducting Course by putting the final day onto Zoom. All but three delegates were able to attend the new date from their homes. The faculty was complete as planned for the original date in March. Dr Brandon Williams @brandino994 from New York USA and Mandy Miller from Scotland joined the local faculty Jane Wheeler and Naveen Arles, with delegates from Ireland, Berlin and across the UK. The course content was covered in breadth and depth, learning through singing and conducting preparation, teaching and performance.

The focus repertoire was Winter Wind by Brandon Williams, Take Me To The Water by Rollo Dillworth and Brainstorm by David Brunner. Four of the Masterclasses focused on It Takes A Village by Joan Szymko and a new arrangement of Ergen Deda by Bryan Welton (Unpublished). Watch this space for dates of the next CME London Course 2020-21.

Sing In The Spring

We were so sad not to be able to bring this wonderful project to the planned performance outcome on 5th April at Stratford Circus. It was to be a Give A Gig event to support the Youth Music Foundation. However, Artists and Young Artists involved in the project adapted quickly to the new circumstances and worked hard with Living Song to develop on-line Learning Resources for all the choirs and singing groups involved. Choirs have continued to learn and sing in their groups via Zoom with much anticipation for when we can meet, share and perform again.  Sing In The Spring was a National Lottery Community Fund project and we still plan to hold the final performance event ‘live’ as soon as it’s possible, rather than take it on-line. However, all groups involved, including Boys 4 Voice, East Ham Voices, Isle Of Dogs Voices, Forest Voices and Solid Harmony hope to continue workshops on-line in the meantime, funding permitting.

Strong Hearts

NewYVC rehearsal have continued through to summer term on Zoom, in spite of the lockdown. More than half of the choir are managing to overcome the challenges of finding quiet space at home, limited internet speeds and having the necessary device available to join the Zoom sessions. The senior members, our Young Artist team focused on completing a song they began writing collaboratively before the lockdown. The song was inspired by the bravery of Malala Yousufsai in her campaigning for all girls to have the right to education, as well as other ‘strong hearts, strong minds’. The young artists performed the song from their homes and a young film maker at Tiramisu made the film.