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Schools' Singing Programme

Context

The idea behind our Schools' Singing Programme is simple – we have a fantastic music department with plenty of experience of choral singing and training, and we wanted to share their skills and enthusiasm with local schools. Pupils really enjoy the experience and relish the unique opportunity of performing in the Abbey in front of an audience.

Our aim is to help children discover the pleasure of music and its many benefits; something we hope stays with them for the rest of their lives. Singing in a group has a positive impact on the children’s overall attitudes and behaviour, helping to build their confidence, concentration, and teamwork skills and challenges them intellectually and musically.

Content

We offer your school thirty hour-long sessions a year when our Assistant Director of Music will come in and spend time with a class to get them singing as a choir and having fun. We also hope to share ideas and training techniques with teaching staff at the school so that they can take what we do further.

The needs, expectations and abilities of the children at every school we visit are different so we will work with the music or class teacher to create a tailored and coherent programme which fits each school’s curriculum and approach to learning, complete with a carefully chosen repertoire. Whether your school is looking simply to encourage the children to enjoy music more or to develop a more challenging repertoire and improve pupils' vocal techniques and theory, we welcome the opportunity to work with you.

The Programme also includes a workshop twice a year when participating schools will get the chance to perform in the Abbey in front a live audience.

Cost

Our annual fee is £1,800 for primary schools and £3,000 for secondary schools. There are, however, a number of applicable government schemes and special funding on which we would be happy to advise you. Please ask if you would like any additional information.

Contact us

To find out more please contact Shean Bowers, Assistant Director of Music and Choral Director for Schools, on 01225 303326 or email: shean@bathabbey.org