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Choral Music Experience (CME) 2018-19

We are delighted to offer this course again by popular demand, for the 6th year running. Following on from the CME Institute 2018 at Michigan State University Nick Page will be flying in from the U.S.A to work with us, alongside Mandy Miller and our growing UK team.  This is an intensive course over three Saturdays between Nov 2018 – March 2019, offering internationally recognized certification and pathways in voice building, choral pedagogy and conducting with members of the USA and UK faculty.

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Speak Out! Sing Out!

This workshop has been developed for over five years.  We aim to foster creativity, motivate children in their learning, encourage story telling, discussion and expressive language through collaborative song- making, with a focus on inclusion and empathy.  We have worked to make this affordable and to be able to work with a whole year group in three sessions during a day.

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Newmen Voices

Living Song CIC has secured funding from Newham Council to pilot a vocal ensemble for young men aged 11-18, to be based in Newham. We will be running taster sessions at Forest Gate Youth Zone and Beckton Globe Library in late August / early September, with a view to establishing weekly sessions leading up until spring. Our aim is to engage young men in positive self-development, employability and social action through community building and will involve young artists at every level.  Watch this space for further information.

Bromley Music Service

Congratulations to Bromley Music Service,  who have been successful in their application to Youth Music  to fund a two year song-writing  project for children with SEND across Bromley. This was inspired by work in partnership with Living Songlast year and we have been invited to partner on the creative side of this project once again. We will be identifying young artists to support the workshops and teacher trainings shortly and very much look forward to working with Bromley Music Service and the team once again.

NewYVC and Newham Harmony

Congratulations to Stratford Circus for their successful application to Youth Music to fund NewYVC and the wider borough Singing programme Newham Harmony. This is a three year project in partnership with Newham Music and Living Song involving the NewYVC choir and thirty primary and secondary schools across Newham. Once again, our Young Artists and Young Music Mentors will be at the heart of workshops, cluster rehearsals and teacher and artist training sessions. Watch this space for further updates and events.

Music and Freedom Project in partnership with Living Song March and April 2018

The JtoJ travelling exhibition opens at Beckton Globe Library in Newham, east London (DLR Beckton) on Monday March 5th with a launch on Saturday March 3rd 15.00-17.00. With a strong focus on music and Newham stories we explore what makes action for social justice succeed. There will be linked events and workshops at Newham venues during the two month run – details to follow soon.

Living Song CIC is an East London based company working locally and nationally to help young people shine and develop through musical activity, in particular singing and creative vocal work. We work with a wide team of highly skilled and experienced artists who are in turn supported by a diverse community of young apprentices offering a model of life long learning.

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Newham Library Choirs

This term we ran community singing groups across two libraries, Forest Gate and Stratford, both in Newham. This project was led by three young artists – Itoya Osagiede, Mohan Dhar and Priscilla Hossain and funded through a small ‘Go For It’ Grant from Newham, London. This was managed by Forest Voices Community Choir and produced through Living Song CIC. The choirs shared their learning at two ‘Informances’, which included the switching on of the Christmas lights at Stratford on 1st December.

CME 2017 Choral Music Experience

Choral Teacher Education. On Wednesday 15th November we held the first of three training days for our London Based CME course. 20 delegates signed up, many of whom were returning to deepen practice, but we also had a good number of new attendees. Jane Wheeler and David Lawrence took delegates through the course outline, ‘Circle of Sound’ voice work, and introduced the repertoire and techniques for score study. The repertoire focus for this year included Laudamus Te by Antonio Vivaldi, arr. Doreen Rao; I Hate MusicA Cycle of Five Kids Songs by Leonard Bernstein, Arr. Robert Page; Odi Odi, a Tamil folk song, arr. Stephen Hatfield; Seoithin Seo, Irish Lullaby, arr. Rosaleen Malloy; and Imbakwa, Tanzanian influenced song by Jim Papoulis. NewYVC will be the ‘choir in residence’ on the next course day, which is Saturday 6th January 2018.

Community Links Project

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Community Links has commissioned Living Song CIC to set up and run two singing projects. The first is at the ASTA Community Centre in Silvertown, where we hope to bring the community together through singing. The second is working with two groups of B.A.M.E women, supporting them to develop their confidence through singing, with the aim of achieving successful interview-for-work techniques. We will evaluate the impact in February.

Forest Voices Community Choir

Forest Voices Community Choir has gone from strength to strength this year. They have grown to a regular 25 members, singing a wide range of repertoire from classical choral, world folk, pop and rock favourites. They have supported their local community, managing and often singing as part of the Library Choirs Project, singing for the switch on of the Forest Gate and Stratford Christmas lights; as well as raising funds for two charities, singing at the local Saturday market and on their annual ‘pub crawl’ fund raiser. If you’d like to join the choir, contact Forest Voices E7 on Facebook.