With funding from Make Music Gloucestershire, the county's music education hub, the Songwriting Charity has partnered with a number of schools across the county to run 12 week vocal projects culminating in a live performance and professional recording & music video, filmed on location at Postlip Hall.
Below is the majestic 'Go the Distance' from Barnwood Park Arts College.
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The singers featured in this video are year 7 - 11 pupils from Barnwood Park Arts College in Gloucester, and the song is their own creation, written with the help of Ben O’Sullivan of The Songwriting Charity, though a programme of work in their school.
They’re part of a programme of singing work that we call the Vocal Projects, initiated and funded by Make Music Gloucestershire, the county’s music education hub, through the hub’s Singing Champion, Lisa Mayo, and also by Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning.
The aim is to shape singing around the needs and interests of students, particularly concerning repertoire - and in doing so to involve students who love singing, but want to go that extra mile with their work. Also, importantly, to improve young people’s health and wellbeing, through building confidence, self-esteem, positive attitude, encouraging safe relationships and team-work.
A special thanks to Dr. V Warburton, Meredith Miller and to all at DF/Net for your dedication and support in helping us evaluate and evidence the impact of our work.
Find out more: http://www.makemusicgloucestershire.org.uk/Schools/Vocal_zone.aspx
Read Ben’s blog: https://makemusicglos.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/sharing-our-practice-the-songwriting-charitys-tips-for-successful-projects-with-young-people/
The video was filmed on location at Postlip Hall, nr Winchcombe.
Check back for more from the other schools soon.
If you would like to help us reach more and more young people through these programmes, please donate now, every donation, no matter how small impacts directly on the young people involved: