What do the children get?
Through weekly workshops across a ten-twelve week period, children will learn between ten and twelve songs by memory. This equates to one new song in each session, which is truly progressive.
Teachers from schools in our programme often report that children who sing regularly with us experience enhanced focus and concentration when they return to their regular lessons in the classroom. It can be equated with the feeling of increased confidence we often get after we’ve played sport. Similarly to playing sport, singing is a workout in itself and is proven to enhance positive mental well-being.
At the end of the term the children get to perform in one of the largest and most iconic cathedrals in the world to the accompaniment of a live band, ensemble or orchestra. Being able to hear their voices blend with the instruments and echo around our amazing acoustic in front an audience of up to 1,000 people provides children with experiences they will not forget.
How does the programme work?
The Director of Choral Outreach or Director of Music will begin coming into your school and running singing workshops early on in the term. Workshops last around 30 to 45 minutes. We'll do a vocal warm-up and teach the children some vocal technique and then got on to learning the music. Performance days tend to arrive in no time at all! On the day, schools bring children to the cathedral at 3pm to have a full rehearsal with the other schools and artists. There'll be a break for dinner and then it's time to get back in the performance area. All of our performances start at 7pm and last approximately one hour. Each school is given a specific dismissal point so that movement of children from the performance area back to their parents is as safe and swift as can be.
First term free
Each school coming to the Singing Programme for the first time receives one term free of charge. Subsequent terms are chargeable (at highly competitive rates) by project and details can be found next to each project listed in the 2018-2020 brochure.