Outreach - About The Bach Choir Outreach Programme
About The Bach Choir Outreach Programme
Since its inception in 2010, our Outreach Programme has shared the joy of singing with more than 2,500 primary school children in London. The Programme is a partner with the Tri-borough Music Hub, which serves the London boroughs of Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham, and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.
Each year we plan a programme of workshops and rehearsals culminating in a public performance in one of London’s important concert halls, such as St. John’s Smith Square or the Royal Albert Hall.
The children, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds, have often had little opportunity to express themselves through singing. We watch them learn and develop through the year, gaining confidence with every session.
We encourage parents and guardians to get involved too. They are invited to observe workshops and rehearsals, and offered a complimentary ticket to the final performance.
Our Outreach Programme relies on volunteers from The Bach Choir. Each workshop is led by an animateur, with a conductor and accompanist, and a small group of singers who are volunteers from the Choir and who sing to and with the children. We are proud of our workshops: our ability to expose the children to four-part harmony, and especially to men’s voices, has proved particularly popular and is part of what makes The Bach Choir Outreach Programme so special. Many of the children have never previously experienced the thrill of singing in harmony, or even listened to a choir singing live.
An important part of the Outreach Programme is “training the trainers” to help them to provide high-quality music education in their schools. We run an annual workshop with David Hill for primary school (and occasionally secondary school) teachers to learn about and practise techniques for conducting children. These sessions also serve as a forum for teachers to share best practice and suitable repertoire and vocal exercises. Read about a recent training day.
The Bach Choir is grateful to many charities, trusts and foundations for their kind support of the Outreach Programme over the years. Special thanks to the 2015-16 sponsors:
John Lyon’s Charity
Andor Charitable Trust
Lucille Graham Trust Limited
The Peter Rose Trust
The Kobler Trust
2014-15: Mr. Lear, Nonsense and Rhyme
2013-14: Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo
2012-13: The World in Folk Song
2011-12: The Angry Planet
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We are grateful to the Arts Council England for its financial backing in helping to make our project a success.