In 2019 Hackney Music Service Network Partner the VOCES8 Foundation led a special project with year 1 children and their teachers at Shoreditch Park Primary and Thomas Fairchild Community School. Called Sing Every Day, the project involved teacher training for the classroom teachers and singing workshops for the children led by members of the a cappella group Apollo5. Below, Ann Wright, Director of Education, VOCES8 Foundation reflects upon the project.
The children and teachers learned a variety of warm-ups for their bodies, brains and voices that included creating a magic potion, Peanut the cat on a trampoline and singing I’m alive, alert, awake enthusiastic. They also learned rhythms and melodies from the VOCES8 Method and explored body and vocal percussion through this Method.
Both schools learned a wide variety of songs to use as part of lessons (Mr Double Trouble for Maths was a favourite at Shoreditch Park); to perform in assemblies including One in a million by Emily Barden which celebrates the power of working together to achieve our dreams; and to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing including Apollo5’s arrangement of When you Wish Upon a Star which the children performed at the VOCES8 Centre in concert with Apollo5.
The project was evaluated by Professor Graham Welch and a team of researchers from UCL. Their findings point to the wonderful way in which the classroom teachers embraced the project learning to lead singing confidently and use it every day. The children’s singing improved significantly and at the end of the project scored well above a national database of singing evaluations conducted in UK schools. Additional wider benefits of the project include a positive correlation between the children’s singing development and aspects of executive function, particularly their phonological working memory.
You can see and hear the children and their teachers in this short film about the project:
For more information, about VOCES8 Foundation please visit their website here.
Join the LSSO – Auditions will be held from October 21st 2019
Hailed by Sir Simon Rattle as “an incomparable ambassador for the dynamism and excellence of British youth” the London Schools Symphony Orchestra (LSSO) has for over sixty years been celebrated as a potent symbol of the talents and achievements of London’s finest young musicians. Managed by London’s Centre for Young Musicians, a division of the Guildhall School, the orchestra aims to give its members a complete experience of the orchestral repertoire, from Bach through to Beethoven, Bartok and beyond.
Courses take place during school holidays in Dec/Jan, April and July. Venuesfor rehearsals take place in SE1. 3 concerts a year held at the Barbican. Course dates and further application forms available on the CYM website – www.cym.org.uk.
How to apply?
Applications forms and further information available from Elaine Lewis – email@example.com.
Centre for Young Musicians (CYM) is a Hackney Music Network Partner. Enquires regarding this opportunity should be directed to CYM via the contact information above.
Urban Artist School’s Level 4 is a course for urban music artists who are serious about entry to the music industry. Our course focuses around the concept of you as an individual artist and supports you in developing your repertoire, recorded catalogue and brand development towards the music industry.
They arelooking for talented musicians to join the Urban Artist School– a one year accredited programme, which aims to develop artists and help create sustainable careers. They will support your development to enable you to generate ideas quickly and respond to the creative potential of your work effectively and fluently.
They arelooking for talented musicians to join the Urban Artist School– a one year accredited programme, which aims to develop artists and help create sustainable careers. We will support your development to enable you to generate ideas quickly and respond to the creative potential of your work effectively and fluently.
The coursestarts in September 2019and runs for 30 weeks. Classes will run over 2.5 days per week. Allparticipants will work towards a level 4 qualification – equivalent to the first year of a degree.
Young musicians who are aged 13-18, play at Grade 8 distinction level or equivalent and are totally committed to music.
Musicians who are offered a seat will be attending three orchestral rehearsal residencies, tour dates, three performances throughout the year and between 5-10 days of NYO Inspire activity. Subject to confirmation – the activities take place in schools and concert halls around the UK throughout the year.
Auditions will be held in London, Manchester, and Birmingham during late September – October 2019.
Saturday 28 December 2019 – Monday 6 January 2020 – NYO Winter Residency
Tuesday 7 April 2020 – Saturday 18 April 2020 – NYO Spring Residency
Monday 27 July 2020 – Saturday 8 August 2020 – NYO Summer Residency
NYO welcomes musicians to be part of the NYO 2020 and break through to the next level of orchestral brilliance, perform the most challenging music with the world’s greatest conductors and inspire other teenagers through NYO Inspire. NYO additionally recruits teenage composers.
Auditions are FREE and applicants will receive feedback.
Bursaries are available to cover travel to and from the audition as well as the applicant’s place in the orchestra. Auditions are friendly, positive, and great learning experiences. NYO Tutors will share playing tips in a workshop, and all applicants will receive performance feedback.
Laika The Space Dog – English Touring Opera Music: Russell Hepplewhite Design: Jude Munden Cast includes Abigail Kelly, Emma Watkinson, David de Wynter and Maciek O’Shea
The English Touring Opera (ETO) – Autumn Opera in Schools – Laika the Space Dog
ETO is reviving its award-winning opera for children Laika the Space Dog, which tells the story of the Russian dog that was sent to space as part of the Soviet space programme.
The opera’s thrilling story is told in many diverse ways by nine professional performers – and also includes archive film, filmed animation (created with children) and puppetry. The characters include the idealistic young student Mikhael, the great scientist Korolev, the dog-hating Valentina, and of course the little dog herself. The piece features also a specially made theremin (the original electronic instrument), along with percussion, clarinet, cello and bassoon.
The action takes us from an apartment in Moscow to Gorky Park, to the Kremlin (where we meet President Khrushchev), and finally to the Cosmodrome in Baikonur, brought to life with stunning design, and from where we launch the famous Sputnik rockets. The piece is highly interactive and includes songs for everyone. A comprehensive teachers’ pack and CD support the project
Location: Each performance will take place in the school who books the show
Cost per production: Cost 290+VAT
Dates: Bookings date depending on the school and ETO availability.
For more information and to book please email: Daniel.firstname.lastname@example.org
We are extremely delighted to announce that Hackney pupil Samuel has been nominated as Scholar of the Month for December by the London Music Fund (LMF). You can read the full announcement and interview with Samuel on the LMF website here.
Samuel was first identified as being extraordinarily gifted by his primary school music teacher, which led to him being nominated for the LMF award by Hackney Music Service (HMS). Samuel, now a secondary pupil in Hackney and in his third year of the LMF award, has developed a profound interest in developing his jazz skills, primarily as a pianist, but also as a percussionist. He now attends HMS network partner organisation HMDT’s Saturday Music Programme, the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy. As you will see from his interview, this has enabled Samuel to learn and play alongside world class jazz musicians and provides him with an outstanding jazz music education programme. Samuel is also a long standing member of the Classical Meets Jazz ensemble – a partnership project run by HMS, the London Symphony Orchestra and Serious, bringing together pupils culturally and demographically underrepresented in professional music-making across the genres.
A huge congratulations to Samuel for his success and hard work so far!
If you would like any further information about the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy or any of the other HMDT Saturday programmes you can contact them on 020 8882 8825 or email@example.com
For more information about other scholar opportunities visit the bursaries page here.