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Choral Music Experience (CME) Institute London 2019-20

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Dr. Brandon Williams, CME Faculty 2020

Download CME flyer 2019-20 [PDF]

Dates and venues:

  • Sat 16th Nov 2019 9.30am – 5pm @ Stratford Circus, E15 1Bx
  • Sat 8th Feb 2020 9.30am – 5pm @ Stratford Circus, E15 1BX
  • Sat 21st Mar 2020 9.30am – 5pm @ Sarah Bonnell School, E15 4LP

Description: This CME Institute Course is a professional development opportunity for community and school choral teachers and conductors, singing leaders and those aspiring to develop their leadership in this field. It offers a highly differentiated experience, emphasising the quality of joyful, socially engaged practice.

Course Includes: Light refreshments and a light lunch – Comprehensive Music and Study
pack – Conducting and Vocal Tech
nique Classes – Score Marking and Analysis – Reflective Rehearsal Pedagogy – Demonstration Choir 
- Conducting Master Class option with Choir 
- CME Certification at levels 1, 2, and 3 with pathways to Artist Teacher Certification

Members of the UK faculty include Naveen Arles, Pam Hulme, Steve Lodder, Bryan Welton and Jane Wheeler. This year we are delighted to also be studying and learning with: Mandy Miller (UK), Dr. Brandon Williams (USA) and Mary Amond O’Brien (Ire)

Cost: £390 Standard inclusive fee. *Early bird £310 booking and paying by Friday 20th September 2019
CLOSING DATE Friday 25th October 2019.
BOOKING: You can download the booking form here [Word docx], or contact livingsong.org to reserve your place and request the form.

JOURNEYS THROUGH FRAGMENTS OF SKY

JOURNEYS THROUGH FRAGMENTS OF SKYWe are delighted to have been invited to make a contribution to the University of Cambridge Primary Schools Arts Week, Journeys through fragments of sky. Every child in the school took part in this project. Children designed art work, rehearsed scripts and added their own text, danced and sang through each day, delighting the audience of invited guests and parents on the last day when they shared a few outcomes of their experience.

The aims of the project were three fold: to explore creativities in teacher professional development, to bring teachers and artists together through the process of creativity,  building better awareness of the experience of arts learning for children and to explore the concepts of sky and journeys through the arts. Two young artists and our Musical Director led workshops as part of the whole team, exploring metaphors – ‘reaching for the sky’ and ’the sky is the limit’ with the children. They played singing games, wrote new songs together and sang ’Touch The Sky’, courtesy of Sing Up (website: http://www.singup.org) with the whole school. Feedback from children, teachers and parents indicates that the project was a resounding success.

The Head Teacher, Dr. James Biddulph said, “Working with the young artists from Living Song gives opportunities for children to learn alongside people with fresh ideas and in ways that immediately connect with children. During arts week, we saw children inspired by their warmth, enthusiasm and utter commitment in the potentials of every child”.

INNOVATE – Boys 4 Voice

boys 4 voyceThanks to funding from ‘Go For It’ Newham Council and INNOVATE from Sound Connections, Boys 4 Voice have a core of committed young artists, keen to develop their singing, rapping, song making and performance skills. They are a small group at present, seven of whom were able to perform for the summer Festival in Beckton this year. They are working with two vocal leader / musicians and two young music mentors and are keen to continue next academic year, growing in numbers, skill and reputation. We are grateful to the Beckton Globe Library team for all their support and encouragement. For further information about joining the group, please contact Livingsong CIC or Beckton Globe Library.

One Voice, BYMT

ONE VOICE, BYMTFor children with Special Educational Needs

Once again the children and teachers of schools across Bromley excelled through this project. ONE VOICE was a collaboration between BYMT and Living Song CIC and funded by Youth Music. The project enabled KS 2 children from special provision classes across 10 schools to work creatively with young artists, who are developing their leadership and creative music skills. Catchy and accessible songs have been made by the children in a fun, engaging learning environment and facilitated by the Living Song team.

 Songs about the Seasons, The Body, Electricity, The Sea, The Tempest, Crayons, Tuesdays and Dinosaurs were made and then performed by the children in a wonderful celebration event at BYMT on 1st July. It was great to include two young musicians studying for GCSE and A Level music playing as part of the concert band! (Photo here!)  The songs have now been scored and recorded professionally and will be available on the BYMT website for Primary schools across Bromley and the UK to enjoy. Teachers involved in the project have expressed strong appreciation for the continuing professional development opportunity in this project and the joyful creative learning of their pupils. A typical example of their comments are: 

The workshop was wonderful. The children took part and they love the song we composed. Every time we play the song in class they all join in”.
Teacher from James Dixon Primary

“Thank you…we all loved it. It was good professional development for staff and really engaging for our children”.
Teacher from Green Street Green Primary

“Thank you so much for all of these resources – these will come in very handy for the teachers”.
Teacher from Crofton Primary School

“The workshop leaders were fabulous! They were enthusiastic, engaging and showed a very good understanding of the children’s needs and abilities”.
Teacher from Tubbenden Primary School

Watch the website for the arrival of the songs: helenyeomans.co.uk/one-world/

SUMMER FESTIVAL OF YOUTH,  Newham Harmony and NewYVC

We are very proud of the Newham Harmony children and young people. They have worked hard all year to develop the quality of their singing and to widen their knowledge of different styles and origins of music. Children from across 21 schools performed in three clusters over three nights at Stratford Circus this July They worked hard all day in final preparation and sang their hearts out in the evening for packed houses. They performed music by J.S.Bach, Nick Page, Bryan Welton, Kathy Armstrong, Andrea Ramsey, Stephen Hatfield, Bruno Mars and the Beatles as well as traditional folk songs from Bangladesh and China. They sang in five different languages and gave each song their equal best. NewYVC, the resident youth choir at Stratford Circus led by example all day and evening and we hope encouraged all the members members of  Newham Harmony to join. NewYVC offer open membership for any keen young person aged 10 – 18 who loves to sing and wants to progress. There is no audition or cost, just a requirement to be hungry to learn and willing to work hard. Contact Stratford Circus to apply.

One World

one world project imageYoung Artists from NewYVC were thrilled to be invited to sing with the ONE WORLD choir for their spring and early summer tour this year. The project was led by Helen Yeomans who composed and conducted all the music and brought the choir together especially for the programme. The choir sang out with passion about their commitment to climate change issues and social justice. The songs were interwoven with original texts by spoken word artists Vanessa Kisuule, Luke Miller & Cheryl Moskowitz. The Young Artists added their own twist with body beats and beat boxing from Connor Spillane. The whole evening at each venue attracted full house audiences; including at the Brixton Academy and Conway Hall. You can see film fo some of the pieces and hear all the songs here: helenyeomans.co.uk/one-world.

CHORAL MUSIC EXPEREINCE (CME)

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! 

ONE VOICE with BYMT

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.