News & Events

Find My Voice

We have a new offer as part of our Singing for Mental Health and Well Being programme. Find My Voice is aimed at primary schools, in particular Key Stage 2 children who are still struggling with the impact of Covid 19 and the energy crisis and finding it challenging to return to regular school activities. For a subsidised rate, we can offer up to six workshops after school, drawing on our training with Musicians Without Borders and our artistic team’s broader experience. Through singing and musical activity, children will be gently encouraged to participate in fun, safe singing games to rebuild their confidence and engage them …

Singing for Mental Health and Well Being

On 24th and 25th November 2022 lead trainer Darren Abrahams from Musicians Without Borders. (MwB) took four professional and ten young artists on a practical journey of discovery based on principles and practices of MwB. Trainees learned about the impact of trauma on our bodies and minds and explored how music making, especially singing in community can help healing. Through skilled activities and approaches a safe space for workshop participants and therapy groups to express themselves can be created, and they can begin to experience integration back into their lives again.  Participants received certification for their participation in this empowering two-day …

Singing For Mental Health and Well Being Training

Living Song has been awarded a grant from Newham Council to lead this project. COVID-19 has affected every aspect of our residents’ lives, including many mental health and wellbeing challenges.The long-term impact of trauma, anxiety, grief and distress, as well as the current financial pressures   faced by thousands of Newham residents due to the rising cost of living, are likely to increase mental health and wellbeing concerns. We will work with an experienced trainer from Musicians Without Borders.  to provide two full days of training and development around Singing for Mental Health and Well Being for Artists and young people aged 16 …

CME 2023

Prof. David L. Brunner USA Mandy MillerUK Aga Serugo Lugo UK We are thrilled to have finalised our faculty for CME 2023, plus a contribution from Musicians Without Borders. Our Choral Music Teacher Education Course in East London is set for the weekend of 17th – 19th February 2023. This is the last weekend of half term. Having consulted with teachers we hope that it will be easier for our regular participants to attend and for new delegates to discover the wonders of CME, London. Click here to register.  Course Includes Comprehensive Music and Study pack Conducting and Vocal Technique Classes Score Marking …

Sing Lambeth Finale

The Living Song team of artists, young artists and trainers have all expressed their joy at being part of the programme and final singing event for SING LAMBETH at the end of July. In spite of all the challenges of heat waves, rail strikes and Covid, Lambeth Academy and the London Nautical School still managed to attend the day at Southbank Centre. Other participating schools in the programme had been able to enjoy school-based workshops and singing resources for their students throughout the year and we look forward to seeing them for phase two 2022-23. Accompanied by young musicians …

GENFest 2022

Living Song was asked to run two singing workshops for the Kent Youth Takeover Festival this year as part of GENFest. Our associate artist Moh from Newham and Young Artist Richie delivered two dynamic workshops for a diverse group of children and young people.   The festival took place ‘live’ at Gulbenkian Arts Centre in Kent with some online activity presented on the ART31KENT YouTube channel. The event was about celebrating young people’s creativity and giving a platform to young creative voices in Kent. Congratulations to the Guilbenkian Arts Centre for a highly successful event and for their vision. Thank you …

Fair Energy Futures

Members of Living Song’s Youth Advisory Board took part in the Fair Energy Futures Symposium last month in Queen Elizabeth Park, Newham. The local Young Artists came together to write a new song focused on their concerns, hopes and actions towards fairer energy for all. Harine, Lucian and Brendon then performed their song ‘live’ at the afternoon Community Fair for delegates. They were also invited to take part in a radio podcast Q & A as part of the event, sharing their stories about discussions and song writing collaborations around relevant topics in their lives. The symposium also welcomed …

Sing Lambeth

We are proud that our Associate Artist Byron Gold is inspiring students across Lambeth Schools with his new song ‘Greatness’ , arranged especially for the Sing Lambeth Project, led by Lambeth Music Service in partnership with Pegasus Opera, Southbank Centre and Living Song. Byron has been running singing workshops teaching this song following a teacher training to introduce this and other pieces to secondary schools across Lambeth. As always we are delighted to be working with one of our developing young artists, Harine, who is co-leading workshops and attending all the Sing Lambeth teacher trainings. We are excited for the next phase where teachers will work with Associate …

Music for Youth

www.mfy.org.uk The Regional Events are back in person this year and it’s wonderful to see and hear so many young people expressing themselves through their music. Choirs, jazz bands, brass bands, rock and pop band and all manor of choirs presenting diverse and musical programmes, ‘live’ and in person. Wonderful!