SING! is a founding member of – and is funded by – the Sheffield Music Hub (an exciting conglomeration of several music education establishments across the city). SING! aims to put singing into the heart of every primary school child’s life, through a mixture of workshops and performances.
The Sheffield scheme has several different strands all geared towards helping children in Sheffield discover their voices and the joys of quality singing. We hope that their experiences will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
If you would like your school to be a part of SING! please contact Nick Cox.
Sweet Bells - A Charity CD
In November 2013, 130 children from Carterknowle Junior, Dore Primary, Norton Free CofE Primary, Phillimore Community Primary, Tankersley St Peter’s Primary and Sheffield Cathedral Young Voices, came together on a chilly Saturday morning to record Sweet Bells - Sheffield Cathedral’s SING! project’s first ever CD. The disc features seven old Christmas songs with brand new arrangements by local composer/arranger, Richard Longman.
This festive CD can be purchased from the Cathedral shop for just £7. All profits are split between The Children’s Hospital Charity and the SING! project.
Sheffield Cathedral Young Voices
Sheffield Cathedral Young Voices is a group of young singers aged between 7 and 12 who meet at the Cathedral every Saturday morning during term-time from 11am to 12pm. The group gets expert vocal tuition from Sheffield Cathedral’s experienced animateurs.
All of the repertoire is secular (we never perform cathedral ‘services’ as such) and we put on at least one performance a term. Past performances have included Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield Arena, the Octagon centre at Sheffield University, Opera North in Leeds, and the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain Worldsong event.
We are always looking for new members so if you think that your child(ren) may be interested, let us know! Please contact Nick Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our day to day work involves delivering singing sessions in schools led by our resident animateurs. An animateur aims to transform a classroom of unlikely lads and lasses into a chorus of angels exuding confidence, tunefulness and enjoyment in abundance.
At the heart of our project is the belief that children need singing every day, and through these sessions we hope to pass on expertise to the teaching staff at school so that they can take what we do further and introduce a daily singing routine.
We can offer your school sessions for half a term, a whole term or a whole year where one of our animateurs will come in and spend half an hour to an hour with a class and get them singing and having fun. The animateurs are also available for vocal coaching of already established singing groups in school, whether for one or two sessions or for a whole year. As well as this, they can help out with vocal coaching in school productions if you need to add that extra shine to a performance!
At the end of every term, we put on an outreach concert at the cathedral. These are usually on a Saturday morning and have taken place at the Cathedral and other well-known locations in the city. We have had anywhere up to 200 children singing at once during these events from three or four of the schools we work with.
We run a Training Scheme in conjunction with the University of Sheffield’s Music Department. Trainees come and shadow an animateur on school visits and share ideas for the introduction and development of singing for primary school aged children. It is our hope that some of these trainees will go on to become animateurs on the scheme. As more and more people get the skills to visit schools and work with children, we can offer more and more schools the chance to develop their singing.