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Newsletter - Autumn 2014

Partners/Educators: Songs to Share


SoundCity partners have been taking part in Songs to Share a practical and innovative approach to training that brings the joy of singing to music leaders across the city.

In partnership with Glyndebourne, SoundCity has offered a series of four TeachMeet- style professional development sessions for colleagues who use singing in their work with children and young people, in various settings across the city. Led by Howard Moody, the sessions have included an exploration of different ways to enhance vocal creativity, develop vocal skills and approach song-writing. The group have even composed a number of original songs which they hope to share more widely across SoundCity partner organisations and schools.


A diverse range of practitioners have taken part, including primary and secondary music teachers, music therapists, choir leaders, social workers and instrumental teachers – leading to the development of new relationships across the sector and establishment of a valuable forum where colleagues can share, learn and develop vocal confidence and leadership skills.


Chris Stones, Senior Education Projects manager from Glyndebourne said, ‘This exciting pilot project has brought together a really broad cross-section of inspiring professionals who use music in their work with young people in Brighton & Hove.  It has been great to see such a diverse group come together over the four sessions to share practice, share their creativity and share songs with each other in a spirit of openness and community.’ 


Songs to Share participant Anna Rusbatch, Music Coordinator at Downs Junior School said, ‘I've particularly enjoyed meeting and improvising with a wide variety of creative professionals. I feel I have greatly developed professionally, in terms of song-writing methods and vocal performance and I've been able to apply these experiences to my work in school and also personally, with my own compositions.’ 


The first phase of Songs to Share draws to a close in November but the group are keen to continue to meet, to share songs and effective practice. If you are interested in joining the group or would like further information please contact Holly Griffiths

Laura van der Heijden, Sir John Tomlinson and Richard Durrant are just some of the celebrities backing encore - the new alumni network for the Brighton Youth Orchestra with an initial call out for photographs and archive material.

Planning for our annual concert at the Brighton Centre is well underway. This year, we'll be featuring some newly composed numbers by pupils

SoundCity, music education hub for Brighton & Hove, has won national acclaim for its work getting children and young people into music.

SAVE THE DATE.  Monday 2 February, Joint Practice Development Day & Music Conference.  'Creating a Singing City'

Brighton Early Music Festival: A SoundCity delivery partner talks about the Festival's 12th successful year featuring 26 events, and a Basson collaboration with BHMA

SoundCity and Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra have joined forces offering music centre/orchestra members £1 tickets to selected events.

BHMA are once again working with The Place to offer a unique training programme with their CAT scheme.

Awards for Young Musicians has recently been awarded a large grant from Youth Music to support the development of their Furthering Talent programme with SoundCity. 

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and SameSky are delighted to announce that the theme for the 2015 Children's Parade is 'taking flight'. 

Events Co-ordinator, Holly Griffiths, tells us of her love for organising exciting events and international tours and her first musical memory of the steel pans!

SoundCity partners have been taking part in a practical and innovative approach to training exploring different ways to enhance vocal creativity.

SoundCity has become a 'Phase 2' Arts Award Development Hub, working across the arts/cultural sector informing children and young people of opportunities.

The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, The Starr Trust and Drum United are welcomed on board as the most recent additions to the SoundCity partnership. 

to Grade 4 standard or above? Come along to the BHMA Adult Concert Band get together on Thurs 4 Dec - you might like to join the band after hearing them play.

BHMA is planning for the next Summer School and they would love to hear what courses you would like them to put on next year. Tweet @BHMusicandArts using #SS2015.

The SoundCity: Connect network of hub working groups monitor and develop music provision for children and young people across the City. Why not get involved?

4 classes from Year 7 have been taking part in a brass pilot project, supported by the school and the Head Teacher, using ptrumpets and pbones (plastic).

Ray Chi-Hang Long will join BYO when they perform on Saturday 28 November at St John's Church, Knoyle Road at 7pm.

The BYO concert scheduled on 13 Feb 2015 at St Paul's Church, West Street, will be dedicated to Jenny Caws, much loved and much missed inspirational teacher.

Also performing at the Brighton Centre on 8 Dec will be BHMA percussion ensemble along with pupils from 5 primary schools.

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