News and Events

Solid Harmony

Living Song continues to co-manage with Newham VIth Form College this term. The students played a strong role in the Music and Freedom project with Journey To Justice as we reported in Spring. Their singing leader Marina Hart and accompanist Dian Gasper continue to inspire the young singers, who recently made a strong contribution to our massed singing event at Stratford Library for Libraries week.

One Voice: Bromley Project

Abbi Asante and Mohan Dhar are working with the Musical Director of Living Song to run singing and song-making workshops for children with Special Educational Needs. Abbi Asante recently completed her BA in Performance and Enterprise at Guildhall and has been a Young Artist with Living Song CIC and NewYVC for some five years. Mohan Dhar, also a Young Artist for over five years began singing seriously with Solid Harmony at Newham VIth Form College. This is a professional engagement for them and an inspiration for the children in Bromley. Laura Palmer, Head of Trinity Specialist Provision said:

The workshop was amazing! The children really enjoyed the warm up activities. Jane, Mo and Abbi were fantastic at drawing ideas out from what the children said (however bizarre the children’s remarks were). They worked well with our team to create a relaxed and calm atmosphere, which lead to really positive outcomes and a song we can be proud of.  We would recommend this team to work with any children with SEN due to their warm and nurturing approach.

NewMen Voices

Only Boys Allowed!’ This project has launched in two venues – Forest Gate Youth Zone and Beckton Globe Library. Two teams of Young male Artists are running these sessions, mentored by the Musical Director of Living Song. Each team involves an experienced Artist, a Young Artist and a Young Music Mentor (YMM). Repertoire is selected in discussion with the participants of the workshop and membership is growing slowly, but surely. We encourage any boy or young man aged 10-18, who wants to learn more about their voice, how it works and how to develop a natural, healthy voice to get in touch for further information.

Music And Freedom Project, with Journey to Justice

Living Song is so proud to have been a partner for this profound programme of human rights, awareness building experiences for Newham residents and beyond. Right from the Launch at Beckton Globe Library on 3rd March until the exhibition left Newham on 30th April, Journey to Justice fostered fresh perspectives on our Newham history and brought communities together to learn, share stories and write songs remembering and celebrating lesser known heroes from Newham and beyond. You can read the full story and comments at the Journey to Justice website and follow their work as they arrive in Islington in the near future.

Lila and the secret of rain by David Conway

Year One children at Woodgrange Infants School in Forest Gate, London raised their voices to sing in Swahili this term. Jane Wheeler of Living Song CIC took her guitar in to work with two classes singing songs from Kenya, moving in action and learning the meanings, that linked with their reading book, Lila and the Secret of Rain.

Well done Year 1!

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.