COOL VOICES SING OUT AT GLEBE SCHOOL
By cmiaction | Sunday, February 03, 2013, 17:29
Local Charity Funds A New School Choir
Workshop leader Kim Perkins leads the Cool Voices choir during rehearsals
Project For Local
Students at Glebe
School, Bromley have started
the year with something to sing about. Local charity Community Music In Action
(CMIA) are funding a project to start a new school choir for the students.
Experienced music workshop leader
Kim Perkins will spend eight weeks over the spring term running lunchtime choir
sessions and recruiting new members to join through a series of singing taster
sessions with different classes across the school.
is a foundation secondary special school for students aged 11–19. The students
have Statements of Special Educational Needs with many diverse needs. Music
staff have previously struggled to entice students to join in with singing
activities outside of lessons, so the project will aim to encourage enthusiasm
for singing and set up a choir that pupils enjoy and that can last beyond the
end of the funded CMIA project. Teachers and teaching assistants will attend
the sessions so that they can take over the leading of the choir at the end of
project, leaving a lasting legacy for the school.
The choir will sing a repertoire
of pop/rock/chart songs arranged for choirs and will work towards a performance
at the end of the spring term. The idea of the choir was launched at the
School's first assembly after the Christmas
break, encouraging all students to join in and sign up. Particular students who are gifted
singers/musicians have also been personally invited, but the opportunity is
open to everyone.
The project is now in it's second
week and more students attended the lunchtime rehearsal than the previous week,
despite the prospect of lunchtime snowballing! Calling themselves 'Cool Voices'
Kim has started to get the children to perfect harmonies on songs like Jessie
Jay's 'Price Tag' and a great 'Singing In The Rain/Under My Umbrella'
mash-up. To help them improve Kim too a live recording, which the kids loved
hearing back. Taster singing sessions follow the voluntary lunchtime session to
encourage more to join the choir, and it certainly seems to be working, one boy
who claimed "I hate singing" at the beginning of the session was
tapping his feet and singing the chorus by the end and has already said he will
be back next week!
Community Music in Action (CMIA) is a local charity
founded by members of Beckenham-based community choir FUNdamentally GOSPEL. The
choir launched the charity in July 2011 when they realised how the benefits
they had gained from making music together could be passed back to their local
community. The aim of CMIA is to fund and run at least three music projects a
year in Bromley and neighbouring boroughs, targeting vulnerable and
disadvantaged groups of people. The projects are led by experienced musicians
and professional workshop leaders along with volunteers from the choir and are
tailored to each partner's needs and requirements. Last year CMIA ran projects
with Riverside Specialist
School in St Paul's
Cray, Bromley Alzheimer's Society and Drumbeat ASD
School in Lewisham, with
over 100 people participating and benefiting from their work. The project with Glebe School
is their largest to date.