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Project information

25th Anniversary Performance Project

To use our 25th Anniversary to celebrate the power of singing to support the needs of children. We will be delivering a number of inspiring workshops for children aged 7-11 in some of the most disadvantaged areas of England, which will culminate in enriching performance opportunities.

May 2018 - August 2019

Charity information: The Voices Foundation

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  • Need


    For this project, we will be focusing on schools that are in areas of England that statistically have below average levels of arts engagement. Often where cultural opportunities are available, they are unobtainable often due to a lack of disposable income. Within these areas, cultural opportunities are scarce and access to the arts is limited. We want to increase the number of children engaging with the arts through performance opportunities in order to improve their life choices.


    This project is a vital opportunity for children to experience art and culture in their local community. Participating children will have the opportunity to develop their musical and singing skills and perform in local concerts, all of which will contribute to a highly engaging experience. Through this project, we aim to raise the aspirations of the children involved by giving them the chance to experience a sense of achievement and pride which they may not have had before.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Inspire new audiences and CYP through singing.


    » Deliver inspirational workshops in schools and hubs with CVP who we have not previously worked with us before.
    » Arrange and hold concerts in schools and Music Education Hubs across England

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by the number of CYP with whom we will work during the project, hat we have not worked with before. The project aims to reach 9,170 CYP aged 7-14.

    Aim 2

    Upskill non-specialist teachers to lead performance projects


    » Our specialist practitioners will deliver effective CPD for all participating teachers.

    What success will look like

    Teachers will feel confident in the skills they have learnt, to lead effective singing.

    Aim 3

    Commission new, accessible music and have it performed nationwide


    » We have commissioned David Bruce to compose a 3-5 song called 'Song of Until', and to arrange a patch work of folksongs from around the world.

    What success will look like

    9,170 CYP aged 7-14 will be involved and will reach audiences of 6400 nationwide.

  • Impact


    This project offers new opportunities for the Voices Foundation to extend our work to include the programming of concerts as well as focusing on developing audiences in the communities with which we work. As part of the programming of public performances in these areas, we will be supporting the marketing to ensure the attendance of the local community. This will also include signposting the audience to further opportunities to engage with the arts in their community.


    One risk is that the repertoire that CYP will be exposed to will already be known to them. We will mitigate the risks by discussing this will all teachers involved to ensure we broaden all CVP's horizons.


    We will provide a written report to our donors at the end of the project in August 2019, outlining the successes, challenges and legacy of the project.
    We will also report via social media, local media and our quarterly supporters newsletter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £41,140

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      Amount Heading Description
      £28,780 Artistic and creative costs Commission/composer costs, composition workshops in schools, School Performance Pack CPD support
      £2,000 Making your work accessible Schools Performance Packs x 100
      £1,000 Developing your organisation a Project Evaluation
      £2,200 Marketing/developing audiences Programme design and printing costs for Concert
      £3,730 Overheads 10%
      £3,430 Other Contingency at 10%

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Promenaders' Musical Charities £6,000 Conditional
    Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant £12,530 Guaranteed
    Voices Foundation Annual Giving Scheme £3,700 Guaranteed
    Ticket Sales £2,110 Conditional
    School Income £7,200 Guaranteed
  • Background


    80 schools nationwide including: Earl Spencer Primary School in the local authority of Northamptonshire with 44% arts engagement
    Edward Heneage Primary Academy in the local authority of North East Lincolnshire with 32% arts engagement
    Haslam Park Primary in the local authority of Bolton with 37% arts engagement
    LIPA Primary School in the local authority of Liverpool with 42% arts engagement
    Thomas Buxton Primary School in local authority of Tower Hamlets with 40% arts engagement
    Concert: London


    9170 CYP aged 7-14
    220 teachers
    6400 Audience (live)
    4,000 Audience (online/broadcast/writing)

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Voices Foundation is an award-winning national charity whose mission is to improve musical, educational and personal outcomes for all children and young people. Our priority is to benefit disadvantaged children and young people in nurseries and schools in areas of high deprivation and low arts engagement with an overarching vision to improve their chances of success. We are unique in focusing on the development of teachers, upskilling them to lead high quality music ensuring sustainability.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Bruce


    Charles MacDougall

    Conductor and specialist practitioner

    Edward Milner

    Interim CEO

    Carolyn Baxendale

    One of our project partners from Bolton Music Service