We are delighted that all the songs created by children learning with SEND in Bromley are now up on the BYMT website. You can find the link on this page, as well as the link to the report on the project. Working with BYMT and a team from Living Song, including young artists Abbi Asante and Moh Dee, the evaluation from Sound Connections demonstrated that the project had developed the children’s musical skills, increased their self-confidence and team working, and increased the self-confidence and ability of non-specialist SEND staff to deliver music education” Sound Connections 2020.
News and Events
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 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.
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of the Masterclasses focused on It Takes A Village by Joan Szymko and a new arrangement of Ergen Deda by Bryan Welton (Unpublished).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.
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.
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.
For the fifth year running we were invited back to Plaistow Primary School to run their creative TURN IT UP Project across all Yr 4 pupils.
Our Executive Director and artist Mohan Dhar worked across 2 classes to give children and young people the tools to:
- explore singing and movement
- build confidence in working collaboratively in creative processes
- take risks in exploring new ideas about a given topic through song
The Project also provided opportunities for the children to develop:
- singing with control and rhythmical accuracy
- song making, combining musical elements within a structure
- performing confidence as part of an ensemble.
The class teachers expressed delight at the project and are keen to practice each song with the backing track made for them and for each class to perform for the other and for a school assembly. Below, you can listen to a first draft phone recording one of the songs, collaboratively written by the children as part of a 2-hour singing workshop, including lots of other singing!
On Wednesday 16th October NewYVC had the enormous privilege of being invited to perform for the Inaugural Youth Music Awards Ceremony at Battersea Arts Centre.
The choir had the opportunity to see many hugely skilled and talented young artists performing and receiving their awards, as well as to sing with accompaniment from young musicians of AYM and our own resident band, Steve Lodder, Shammi Pithia and Mathis Richet. The choir chose to sing Message which was collaboratively written by young artists two years ago, two of whom came to the Ceremony.
Thank you, Youth Music, for all your support over the years and for an incredibly memorable night for all.
We were delighted to be invited to lead two singing workshops for 0-19 Children’s Health and HeadStart staff Away days at Stratford Old Town Hall and Dockside E1, Newham at the end of last year. Approximately 150 members of staff each afternoon took part with enthusiasm and energy after their day of learning and discussion about issues facing Health Workers in Newham, including child safety and delivery, compliance and transformation. Singing was just the thing to lighten the mood, connect each participant and have some fun at the end of the day! At the end of the workshops, Helen Page, the organiser wrote, “Thank you so much for a fantastic session!”.
Boys 4 Voice is going from strength to strength. Our Associate and Young Artists have been running workshops in primary and secondary schools to encourage more boys to join. We are looking forward to preparing the boys for their performance as part of Sing In The Spring at Stratford Circus on 5th April. Have a peak at one of our workshops below:
POSTPONED until further notice, to help keep people safe
We are delighted to receive funding from the Community Fund for this project. Five community choirs and special guests of all ages and styles are coming together through singing to embrace the energy of the Spring towards new beginnings.
NewYVC will host this event @ Stratford Circus on Sunday 5th April 2020 from 6 – 7.30pm. We will give the gig to Youth Music in celebration of all the incredible work they do to change and enrich lives through making music accessible to ALL children and young people. You can find out more about their work here youthmusic.org.uk
Look out for ticket information at stratford-circus.com Come, bring your friends and family and help us raise the roof while raising funds for Youth Music.