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Dear friends, colleagues and supporters,

Welcome to our summer newsletter. It’s been such an extraordinary time. I think it will be a while before we fully process what’s happening to the world. Aside from the truly awful, personal tragedies that the pandemic has brought, it has also brought us rich opportunity, a chance to re-evaluate and to find a way forward that is more mindful and less self-destructive. We will endeavour to ensure Living Song plays a part to this end. We are also reflecting on the possibilities of reaching out more widely as people become familiar with on-line opportunities to learn and sing. This can never replace the wonder of ‘respirating, resonating, phonating and articulating’ together in a shared space, but it is an opportunity to be explored further.

You will find that we have been productive through the lockdown, developing our learning resources for bespoke groups on the website and running choir sessions on Zoom. There have been many discussions about Black Lives Matter with artists and teachers of all ages and ethnicities. Living Song is committed to working with people of all kinds, irrespective of ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation or skill level. Our aim continues to be to build community, develop young leaders and raise the quality and opportunities for everyone to sing, sing, sing!

I hope you enjoy the website updates. There will be more to follow later in the summer, but in the meantime, I wish you all a safe, kind and joyful August.

Jane :)

Jago Manush Jago

On 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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