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​​Singing Strategy

 
Singing can improve pupils’ learning, confidence, health and social development.
It has the power to change lives and build stronger communities. This is why we are asking hubs to develop singing strategies, in and beyond schools, to ensure that every child sings regularly and that choirs are available. Such strategies will widen singing opportunities for all pupils, drive up quality and give routes for progression such as access to chorister programmes, area/county choirs and the National Youth Choir.” National Plan for Music, DFE
 
Each Music Hub across the country has written a Singing Strategy to enable the guidance published in the National Plan for Music to be implemented. Somerset Music are delighted to be the Lead Partner for the Singing Strategy for Somerset, on behalf of Sound Foundation Somerset, the Music Hub for the county. We will be working in partnership with Jackdaws to organise and coordinate the implementation of the Singing Strategy as decided by Sound Foundation Somerset.
 
The Singing Strategy aim for the academic year 2019-20 is to build on the singing experiences of previous years of leading on the Strategy and to enable both teachers and pupils to progress in their use of singing within schools and abilities/opportunities respectively.
 
We are working in partnership with Sing Up to offer a subsidised annual membership to this well-established and comprehensive online vocal resource which has 600+ songs in its song bank as well as many useful teaching aides.
 
A CPD session/workshop, the focus dependent on Key Stage, is available for all primary schools and there is an opportunity to buy additional hours of tuition for both Key Stages 1 & 2. For secondary schools we are offering the opportunity to participate in one of our Gifted and Talented days and we also have an offer for special schools which includes a FREE CPD session - please contact Somerset Music on 0300 1237364 for further information.
 
"Thank you so much for the CPD session today.  It was fantastic! I've got lots more ideas and am happy to use Sing Up as a resource. I'm looking forward to getting our choir started!"

Secondary Gifted & Talented vocal workshops with Mark De-Lisser - week commencing 27th January
​For further details please see our home page.

Singing Festivals - Summer 2020:
Regal Theatre, Minehead - Thursday 25th June
Yeovil - TBC
Frome - TBC
Wellington - Tuesday 7th July
McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater - Monday 13th July
McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater - Wednesday 15th July​

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


Singing Festivals - Summer 2019
 

In June/July across Somerset the fourth year of Singing Festivals took place giving schools the chance to showcase their singing talent. The Singing Festivals are an exciting opportunity for pupils to perform to a wider audience in a venue that is different to their normal school setting. Each school group performs two songs with the evening culminating in a massed performance by all the pupils taking part. With over 150 pupils at each event this creates a wonderful sound. 

The Singing Festivals are part of the Singing Strategy offer available to schools within the county. This offer is delivered by a team of vocal specialists who work with Somerset Schools on a regular basis. Each Singing Festival is led by a Singing Leader who helps to encourage and create a professional atmosphere for all taking part. 

The performances are to open to the public and take place in Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead and Wellington.   New for 2020 will be a Singing Festival in Yeovil.

For further information please contact somersetmusic@somerset.gov.uk

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Gifted and Talented Singing Workshops March 2019
 
In March we were delighted to work with Apollo 5 the highly talented and internationally known a cappella group.  Apollo 5 is part of an innovative education programme designed to inspire creativity through music.  The Castle School in Taunton hosted an event attended by other local schools which provided the opportunity for pupils to take part in a workshop and performance. The event was a great success and was described as an "amazing opportunity".​
 

 
 
Other workshops took place in schools across the county hosted by Somerset Music's Singing Leaders providing expert tuition to talented young singers in Somerset.
 
These workshops are designed to encourage pupils to develop their range of singing styles and to enhance their performance by increasing confidence in their singing ability. If you are interested in taking part in 2020 look out for our Singing Strategy Offer for the 2019/20 academic year or contact Somerset Music for information.
 
 Singing Project - March 2019
 
Two schools have been working together on a joint singing project with Kirsten Wordley, Deputy Director of Somerset Music. At the end of the project they put on a concert. If you are interested in working with us please look out for details of our new offer for 2019/20 which will be published shortly.
 
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Sons of Pitches Workshop - March 2017


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West Buckland & St John's School - Spring Concert
 
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Wellington Singing Festival July 2016
 
 

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In addition, further vocal pathways are available for students through the County Youth Choir and County Show Choir. The choirs are open to 11-21 year olds and meet on a termly basis. Further information is available from SAlsop@somerset.gov.uk
 
​This continues to be an exciting time for singing within the county to raise the profile of vocal work and set a foundation for further work to be built on.