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​​Somerset Music inspires children to hit the high notes​

​Last month hundreds of children and young people at schools across Somerset were given a unique opportunity to work with world renowned choral director Mark De-Lisser, who's worked with stars on The Masked Singer and coached singers on The Voice.

He led a week-long series of life-affirming workshops organised by Somerset Music and Jackdaws Music Education Trust, on behalf of Sound Foundation Somerset supported by Somerset County Council and Support Services for Education.

It’s just one example of what Somerset Music can and does offer alongside a raft of other events and services.

Mark's credits also include arranging Stand by Me for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding and working with the likes of Jesse J and Ariana Grande as a voice coach. 

Pupils attended the ‘Gifted and Talented’ vocal events in an initiative which is part of the Singing Strategy offer for schools delivered on behalf of Sound Foundation Somerset, the county music hub.

Faye Purbrick, Cabinet Member for Education and Transformation at Somerset County Council said: “What a fantastic opportunity for young people to take part in some inspirational choral workshops. But this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to music provision and events in the County.

“Somerset Music and Sound Foundation Somerset provide vital access to lessons and musical activities, as well as the chance to perform for thousands of children and young people in Somerset.”

The workshops were designed to encourage pupils to develop their range of singing styles and to enhance their performance by increasing confidence in their singing ability.

Mark said: “Music is incredibly important for young people – it’s about creativity, about working together, it’s about decision making and pushing past the boundaries that you see in front of you. we should continue to make throughout our lives!”

The sessions took place over four days, and 11 schools across Somerset took part along with members of the County Youth Choir.

The schools were: Court Fields School in Wellington, The Castle School and Bishop Fox’s in Taunton, Robert Blake Science College, Bridgwater, Oakfield Middle School and Frome College in Frome, King Alfred’s School in Burnham-on-Sea, St Dunstan’s School in Glastonbury, Ansford Academy in Castle Cary and Buckler’s Mead Academy and Westfield Academy in Yeovil.

Somerset Music’s Deputy Director, Kirsten Wordley, said: “The Department for Education allocates funding to each Music Hub to deliver on the National Plan for Music, and we’d encourage schools to explore what we have to offer.

“In it there are seven roles for music delivery, a Singing Strategy is one of the core roles, and last month’s event is part of the offer for the county.

“I was thrilled to be able to book Mark De-Lisser to deliver the event for this year as he has such a passion for singing and is inspirational in the work that he does. The event gave pupils access to an opportunity that they would not normally be able to participate in.”​

This event was one of many opportunities available throughout the year as part of the singing strategy including the countywide Singing Festivals in June and July. Both teachers and children are still talking about the recent visit and are now using the repertoire and choral techniques in practice.


 

 


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Gifted & Talented workshops with Mark De-Lisser, 27th - 30th January

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Choral Director, vocal coach and arranger, Mark De-Lisser will be attending and hosting Gifted and Talented workshops at various schools across the county.  ​
Mark is known for working with vocal talent including Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Beverley Knight.  He's also worked on numerous high profile TV programmes such as BBC's The Voice UK, Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure and BBC's Meet The Street.​
There will be workshops over four days for schools across the county with concerts for the schools involved on Tuesday 28th January at Robert Blake Science College in Bridgwater and on Thursday 30th January at Westfield Academy in Yeovil.  

 

 
Please cick here​ to view our Gifted and Talented event with Mark De-Lisser.



 Academic Year 2019/20

 
We have a revised offer for Primary Schools for 2019/20 and a new package available for Middle and Secondary Schools - for further information please contact Somerset Music on 0300 123 7364 or visit the Support Services for Education website www.supportservicesforeducation.co.uk
 
We also have a new offer for the Singing Strategy - please visit the Singing Strategy page for details.
 
 
Primary Conference 2019
 
This popular CPD opportunity took place on Friday 17 May at Dillington House. As always it was enjoyed by all who attended - see Conferences and CPD for more information.




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Mid Somerset Spectacular

Keith Thomas, Deputy Director of Somerset Music, is pictured receiving a cheque for £756 from the Lions of Glastonbury in Street.  This donation was part of the proceeds of the 30th Mid Somerset Spectacular held at Strode Theatre in June 2018.  The event was organised by the Lions and Somerset Music and attracted more than 300 young performers.  This is an annual event which runs over 2 to 3 nights in June featuring performers from local schools and music groups.  This year's event will be on the 17th & 18th June.  Please contact Somerset Music for further information.

     

 
Somerset County Choir and Show Choir
 
Music for Youth Festival - March 2018
 
Both choirs took part in the regional round of the Music for Youth Festival in Swindon and their performances were much appreciated by the judges. The Show Choir was selected to go through to the next round and will be travelling to Birmingham on Tuesday 3rd July to take part in this national competition. Check the website to find out how we get on!
 
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If you enjoy singing and want to find out more about what we do please contact Sarah Alsop, Choir Manager - salsop@somerset.gov.uk  07976 696562
 
  
County Youth Bands on Tour
 
The County Youth Orchestra and County Youth Concert Band have just returned from two very successful and highly enjoyable tours of Holland. More details and photos to follow.
 
If you would like to find out more about what the groups do and take part in next year's tour please contact Somerset Music for more information or visit the groups Facebook pages