Project information

MusicShare

Singing is no longer taught in many UK state primary schools. We aim to recitfy this and to provide an opportunity for the schools we work with to perform in a concert in which three schools will work together.

April 2011 - March 2015

Charity information: Lichfield Cathedral School MusicShare

Lichfield Cathedral School MusicShare
  • Need

    Need

    Singing is no longer taught in many UK state primary schools. The Government's National Singing Programme proved the significance and the worth of singing in schools for a child's development and we wish to continue with this excellent project. Our aim is to inspire local primary school children about the joys of Singing using Choristers as role models and giving them performance opportunities in the Cathedral.

    Solution

    Three schools will have an initial teacher training session each whereby the teachers will learn the songs for use in a concert. Each school will then have a workshop visit from a group of nine people including six choristers and directed by Cathedral Musicians. Each school will then have two further visits from the Director of Music who will help the teachers teach the repertoire for the concert. All schools will take part in a concert at Lichfield Cathedral containing the music learnt.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    A termly concert involving three local primary schools at Lichfield Cathedral.

    Activities

    » Run an workshop for teachers to familiarise them with the songs to be sung at the concert.
    » Run a second workshop for the children who will be singing in the concert with our choristers and Director of Music.
    » Run two further workshops for each school to practice the repertoire with the Director of Music, Cathy Lamb.
    » Produce a concert at Lichfield Cathedral with all three schools taking part as well as our Choristers, Girls Choir and professional musicians.

    Success will be the concert taking place, children from all three schools performingin front of an audience alongside professional musicians and Lichfield Cathedral Schools' choirs


  • Impact

    Impact

    We aim to have a positive impact both on children’s singing development and their attitudes towards singing!
    We believe that the concert held at the end of each term will demonstrate the success of the project. We will keep in contact with each school we work with to find out if children carry on with singing and if the teaching staff at the school continue to teach singing.

    Risk

    There is a risk that one of the schools may pull out of the project, but we feel that our work involves the school from the outset and that the school would inform us of any reluctance in the early stages. The concerts could go ahead with only two schools involved.

    Reporting

    Funders will receive an initial newsletter and then a termly email informing them of the projcets proposals and plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,122

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      Amount Heading Description
      £13,137 Workshops Holding three workshops in nine different primary schools
      £11,985 Concert Producing three concerts in Lichfield Cathedral

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Golsoncott Foundation £600 Guaranteed
    Choir Schools Association £1,000 Guaranteed
    The Ernest Cook Trust £4,379 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Lichfield is Staffordshire's premier heritage city nestled in the heart of the country's most creative county, just north of Birmingham. It's a city that's steeped in heritage and a district that's alive with action and adventure, from the thrills and spills of Drayton Manor , to the serenity of the National Memorial Arboretum - there's something to suit all tastes and budgets. The centre of Lichfield is dominated by the 800 year old Cathedral which is set within a remarkable and serene Close.

    Beneficiaries

    Local primary school children, boys in particular, their teachers and the general public as a whole benefit from MusicShare. The school children have the opportunity to sing in a large venue, building confidence and helping them to improve not only singing skills but also literacy. Our choristers benefit as they learn to mix with different groups of children and to share their skills with them. It also enhances their performance skills. Teachers learn a new repertoire and how to deliver it.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The School has established a strong and well-deserved reputation in the performing arts, with instrumental and choral music, drama and dance featuring strongly too. The School is proud of its status as a Cathedral School, and enjoys working in close partnership with the Cathedral. It has been a recent aim to extend the musical benefits enjoyed by the boy choristers to musical young girls. So a specialist Girls' Choir of aged 10 - 14 has been established, and the girls have been very successful.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Mrs Cathy Lamb

    Cathy is Director of MusicShare at Lichfield Cathedral School and she runs the workshops, concert and organises everyone involved.