Run by Greenwich Theatre and Sense of Sound, Sing Up Greenwich is an exciting two year programme of singing opportunities for children, training opportunities for adults and young singing leaders, and sustainable intervention in singing provision both in and out of schools, running across the borough of Greenwich until December 2009.
The programme began with a three month research and consultation period, designed to involve schools, community groups, arts organisations, music organisations, youth groups, mother and baby groups, nurseries, colleges, practitioners, singers / musicians and borough music services to develop a strategic overview of Greenwich's current singing activity and aspirations for the future.
Following the research period and drawing on the resulting report a dual programme of taster sessions has been launched by the two organisations, with one strand taking place in schools and the other in the wider community. The taster sessions have been developed with consideration of stylistic breadth, age appropriate activity, cultural diversity and gender issues. Through the two organisations' existing work a range of music styles will be incorporated into the sessions, including musical theatre, gospel, R'n'B, pop, rock, jazz and a cappella.
As a result of evaluation and monitoring of the taster sessions, subsequent activity in 2009 will become more streamlined in response to the needs / wants of the organisations and individuals and may include establishing choirs, after school groups, bands, cross art-form activity or song writing classes. From here a main performance will begin rehearsal, and a more structured phase of training will begin, to ensure the developments made by the programme are sustainable.
Greenwich Theatre has been working in the field of musical theatre training for the past six years. In that time the theatre has produced two community musicals bringing together professionals and local performers; has successfully delivered three separate ESF-funded learning programmes for disadvantaged learners aged 14-19; has conducted funded research into BME access to musical theatre training; has built a reputation for professional development in the field of musical theatre writing and performance; has produced or showcased over fifty new musicals in a wide range of styles and genres.
Sense of Sound has been delivering its unique brand of music training since 1992. Initially established in Liverpool, the organisation has been instrumental in the cultural transformation of Merseyside. The company has contributed to the increasing recognition of Liverpool's BME communities, has championed women's creativity, and has been the incubator for many new micro-businesses, singing groups, workshop leaders and artists. The company has developed training courses, summer schools and projects specifically for young people, and has an active youth outreach programme.
To date, partners and participants in Sing Up Greenwich have included:
Greenwich Music Service, Trinity College of Music, Greenwich Library and Information Service, the Idlewild Trust, Sound Connections, Brooklands School, Ealdham School, Eglinton School, Greenwich Community College, Henwick School, Heronsgate School, Holy Family School, Kidbrooke Park School, Kidbrooke Secondary School, Kidbrooke Secondary (choir), NEGUS Sixth Form Centre, St Thomas More, Storkway Children’s Centre, Wingfield School.