Music Share is our hugely successful singing outreach programme led by Cathy Lamb, Director of Music at Lichfield Cathedral. Since 2003, more than 10,000 pupils across the diocese have benefitted from this unique programme.
“Music Share is a simple idea – take a small group of choristers to a school and work with the pupils and their teacher on singing activities. This simple idea has benefited hundreds of young people and their teachers by the delivery of such a project in their schools. They have had access to music making of the highest quality, been exposed to excellent, suitable repertoire and a chance to perform in a beautiful environment. The impact on boys’ singing has been significant. The effect on those involved in Music Share, pupils, teachers and parents has been profound. Levels of achievement have risen due to the quality of the provision and the commitment of the deliverers. Every school should have the opportunity to be involved in projects such as Music Share”.
Jenny Mason, Deputy Head of Music and Performing Arts Service, Entrust
Music Share is now officially part of the Staffordshire and Stoke Music Education Hub, who have given a large amount of funding for extra projects from April 2015-April 2016 and again from 2016-2017.
Music Share began in 2003. Each term, three schools have been involved, with nearly 200 children singing at each concert. In September 2007, the government launched its National Singing Campaign Sing Up, which worked to get singing back into the heart of every child in the nation.
Cathedral Chorister Outreach projects from across the country were drawn into this campaign and Lichfield was thrilled to gain large government grants in 2007, 2008 and 2009 in order to broaden the scope of the Music Share project. Sadly Sing Up funding drew to a close, but we were so passionate about the project that we have kept it going.
As part of Music Share we set up Lichfield Cathedral Young Voices and Lichfield Cathedral Youth Voices and have been involved in many concerts and events, hosted Curriculum Singing Days, and worked with The Sixteen and performed in premier venues such as Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
For schools who wish to be involved in Music Share in some way, please contact the Director – Cathy Lamb on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cathy organises a series of Curriculum Singing Workshops aimed at Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils and their teachers. These sessions are funded by Arts Council England via the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Music Education Hub and help schools to achieve the core objectives of the National Music Plan to 2020. The Workshops:
Schedule of Workshops for 2016-2017
Tuesday 11 October, 10.45am to 12.00pm, Lichfield Cathedral - KS1
Tuesday 11 October, 1.00pm to 3.00pm, Lichfield Cathedral - KS2
Wednesday 12 October, 10.45am to 12.00pm, Saint James the Less, Longton - KS1
Wednesday 12 October, 1.00pm to 3.00pm, Saint James the Less, Longton - KS2
Thursday 13 October, 10.45am to 12.00pm, St Paul's Church, Burton on Trent - KS1
Thursday 13 October, 1.00pm to 3.00pm, St Paul's Church, Burton on Trent - KS2
Tuesday 7 February, 10.45am to 12.00pm - St Mary's Church, Stafford - KS1
Tuesday 7 February, 1.00pm to 3.00pm - St Mary's Church, Stafford - KS2
Thursday 9 February, 10.45am to 12.00pm, Lichfield Cathedral - KS1
Thursday 9 February, 1.00pm to 3.00pm, Lichfield Cathedral - KS2
Friday 10 February, 10.45am to 12.00pm, St Editha's Church, Tamworth - KS1
Friday 10 February, 1.00pm to 3.00pm, St Editha's Church, Tamworth - KS2
Please note: all KS2 Workshops will include an informal concert for parents from 2.40pm to 3.00pm.
To book a Curriculum Singing Workshop
Teachers wishing to book a Curriculum Singing Workshop for their pupils should either complete this online application form or download the letter and application form below and return it in the post:
Thursday 11 and Friday 12 August 2016 - 10am to 3pm both days
The Lichfield Choral Course is for talented singers who wish to focus on choral singing. This 2 day course is aimed at 12-18 year olds and is led by experienced singing teachers from Lichfield Cathedral and Staffordshire & Stoke Music Education Hub.
The cost of the 2 day course is £30. The deadline for applications is 10 July 2016.
Lichfield Cathedral Young Voices and Youth Voices are choirs for young singers aged between 8 and 17. The choirs are non-audition and meet on Saturday mornings during term time. There are currently about 50 members and the choirs have previously performed in Lichfield Cathedral, Birmingham Symphony Hall and at the Royal Opera House.
If you are interested in joining this choir should contact Cathy Lamb on 01543 306200.