The Bach Choir Outreach Programme – Sharing the joy of singing

Outreach

The Bach Choir Outreach Programme – Sharing the joy of singing

June 2016, 'Lights, Stories, Noise, Dreams, Love, and Noodles': Over 200 children graced the stage of Central Hall Westminster for our London-themed concert
June 2016, 'Lights, Stories, Noise, Dreams, Love, and Noodles':  The Young Singers and children from our eight outreach schools stand to sing in Central Hall WestminsterJune 2016, 'Lights, Stories, Noise, Dreams, Love, and Noodles': Michael Rosen reads his own poetry before the world premiere of his and Will Todd's pieceJune 2016, 'Lights, Stories, Noise, Dreams, Love, and Noodles': The Young Singers perform conducted by David HillJune 2015, 'Mr Lear, Nonsense &  Rhyme': Outreach animateur Katie leads the children in a round in front of a packed out audience at St. John's Smith SquareJune 2015, 'Mr Lear, Nonsense & Rhyme': David Hill leads children from eight primary schools, The Bach Choir, and a brass quintet in Alan Bullard's June 2014, 'Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo': Conductor Philip Scriven encourages the audience to join in with well-known classics 'The Mermaid' and 'What shall we do with the drunken sailor?'June 2014, 'Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo': Children from seven primary schools within the Tri-Borough come together to perform Joseph Horovitz's 'Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo' at St. John's Smith Square in June 2014. The role of Noah is sung by Trevor Sandford (a member of The Bach Choir)June 2014, 'Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo': The children can't help but smile while performing to a full audience, which includes composer Joseph Horovitz.June 2013, 'The World in Folk Song': Soloists from King Solomon Academy, St. Mary's RC Primary, and Burdett Coutts & Townshend Foundation CE Primary take pride in their performanceJune 2013, 'The World in Folk Song': David Hill rehearses with the childrenDecember 2012: Children from four Outreach schools visit Westminster Cathedral Hall to sing carols and Christmas songs with The Bach ChoirDecember 2012: Children from Outreach schools warm up ahead of a session singing with The Bach ChoirDecember 2012: The volunteers from The Bach Choir get stuck in with warm-ups too! Children from ARK Brunel Primary Academy stretch to warm up their bodies before singingA brave volunteer steps up to conduct his peers during a workshopOutreach animateur Amanda reminds one of the children to relax his shoulders during a workshopThe Bach Choir laugh with the children at a workshopOutreach animateur Amanda leads the children in clapping as The Bach Choir sing from Alan Bullard's 'Mr. Lear'

 

“Thank you for this opportunity that my child has had. She really enjoyed to sing and it just gives her more confidence and she enjoyed going to school more than before.”

“My daughter loves to sing and taking part today has been I know an incredible experience for her.”

Comments from parents of children who sang in Mr Lear, Nonsense & Rhyme

 

The Bach Choir Outreach Programme is now established as an outstanding example of spreading the skill and enjoyment of singing as widely as possible.  Since 2010 volunteers from The Bach Choir have come together to sing with primary school children in London, through workshops, rehearsals and performances.

Each year the Programme culminates in a performance at a leading London venue. On 16th June 2017 we were in St John’s Smith Square with more than two hundred and fifty children to perform The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Ian Assersohn, which was the winning entry to our 2016 Composers Competition, and other songs and music on the theme of animals.

In June 2016 we put on a spectacular show in Central Hall Westminster. The Bach Choir was joined by children from eight primary schools, The Young Singers, and a jazz band to perform a special commission from composer Will Todd and poet Michael Rosen themed on London: Lights, Stories, Noise, Dreams, Love, and Noodles. Read more about the concert, and listen to a live recording of the evening.

To find out more about the Programme, visit the About page.