Schools' Song Project & Concert
Our annual school’s project sees children from Oxfordshire primary schools participating in a series of creative and singing workshops. Children are led by an inspirational workshop leader and supported by professional musicians to compose a song cycle based on a story they have written. The project culminates in the children giving a final performance of their songs in a public venue alongside a professional singer and pianist. Creativity is at the heart of the project – the children are encouraged to explore the relationship between words and music and the results are absolutely wonderful. We are delighted to be working with St Francis Church of England primary school in Oxford this year. Due to Covid restrictions, our first series of workshops took place online and the children learnt a song specially composed by our workshop leader, John Webb. They performed this together - virtually - with tenor Daniel Norman and pianist Jâms Coleman. We have been in school during the summer term working with two classes who are composing their own song and writing their own lyrics with the help of author Alan Durant. We return to St Francis in September to work on a whole-school project in which classes will take part in singing, composing and lyric writing activities. We plan to showcase their work in a public performance in Spring 2022.
If you are a primary school in Oxford and would like to register your interest in participating in future projects or would like more information about our work, please email [email protected]
Comments from School Children
2019 SCHOOLS PROJECT
"It was amazing and fun"
"That was the biggest clapping I ever heard! Everything was perfect, I really enjoyed it"
"Thank you for doing this with us"
Comments from Teachers
2019 SCHOOLS PROJECT
"I have sought out many arts and music opportunities for the children, as for many of them school is the only place in which they encounter such things. We have performed at the Royal Albert Hall and many other venues but I can truly say that this experience was the most enriching, inclusive, best organised and memorable of them all. After 30 years of teaching, it is particularly special for me that this project came towards the last few weeks of my teaching career."
"Having participated in the project has certainly helped me to build my confidence in delivering musical aspects to the classroom and inspired me to try to be more creative and challenging in terms of what can be possible"