The Cornwall Music Education Hub Vocal Strategy
To promote and support engagement in quality vocal activities for all young people
The sustained development of vocal activity for young people in order to offer a high quality and accessible programme which supports progression.
About the Strategy
The Cornwall Music Education Hub's Vocal Strategy is led by Angela Renshaw. On behalf of the Hub, she works with partners, schools and national organisations to drive forward the development of singing activity in Cornwall. Information about current initiatives can be found on this page and also at the termly Twilight sessions.
The Cornwall Music Education Hub is committed to supporting high quality vocal activity. In order to realise this vision, the CMEH is working with a range of partners to deliver:
- a network of choirs across the county to provide a vocal progression framework
- school cluster vocal projects
- subsidised Sing Up membership
- Cornish Singing School programme - to recognise schools' commitment to vocal activity
- large scale events to celebrate singing
- performance opportunities at Hub showcases
- training for vocal leaders (school and community), delivered by nationally recognised vocal experts
- masterclasses for young people on singing and song writing
- a training programme to develop the next generation of vocal leaders
Cornish Singing Schools
We are excited to be working with nationally renowned vocal specialist, Baz Chapman, on a new award which will help Cornish schools to develop their own vocal strategies and also recognise their commitment to quality singing.
For further information or to sign up, contact the Hub’s Vocal Strategy Lead:
Angela Renshaw - firstname.lastname@example.org
In Spring 2017, we will once again be working with schools across the county in preparation for a series of Songfest concerts.
All participating schools will be given free Sing Up membership as part of the package of support.
Further information can be found on our Songfest page.
During the Spring 2017 term, Mahogany Operas have been working with five Cornish schools to develop 5 new mini children's operas. These Snappy Operas will be performed for the first time at Launceston Town Hall on 29th March.
Inspired by the Brothers Grimm, real life experiences and ideas from the children themselves, the evening will feature colourful characters including unicorns, dodos, sheep, hens and even headlice!
Come and see what these local young opera-makers have been up to.
15.00 - open rehearsal/informal performance
18.00 - free concert for friends and families of the 80+ young performers from St Issey, St Petrocs, St Stephens, Launceston, Tregadillet and Warbstow schools
Find out more about Snappy Operas at mahoganyoperagroup.co.uk
Angela Renshaw will again be offering free Twilight Vocal Support Meetings as part of the CMEH Vocal Strategy. We would like to invite vocal leaders and music co-ordinators from both Primary and Secondary Schools to attend. The meetings will focus on the Cornwall Singing Schools Awards
Thursday 9th February - 4.30-5.45pm -Truro Prep, Highertown Truro TR13QN
Contact Angela Renshaw to book a place at these free briefing sessions - email@example.com
Cornwall Young Vocal Leaders Programme
The Cornwall Young Vocal Leaders Programme is a new initiative for students aged 16 -19 interested in becoming vocal leaders. The programme has been developed by the Hub's Vocal Lead, Angela Renshaw, in collaboration with national vocal specialists, Sing For Pleasure.
The Young Vocal Leader scheme began in September 2016 with a programme of five training days, spread across the Autumn and Spring terms, culminating in a showcase of choral work in March 2017.
The training is delivered by Ula Weber, senior conducting tutor and Head of Events for Sing for Pleasure. A choral animateur, singer, teacher trainer, conductor and workshop leader, Ula’s work has taken her as far afield as Poland, Ukraine, Thailand and China. Ula currently conducts SO Vocal (the 200-strong community choir of CBSO), Birmingham City Council Choir (featured in BBC2’s programme ‘The Choir’), Echo Doliny (a national Polish folk choir) and the recently formed National Teachers’ Choir (who performed at the opening of the 2015 ‘Teach First’ conference). She is in great demand as a workshop leader across the country. We hope to repeat this training programme next year with a new cohort of 10 young vocal leaders.