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.
- Vocal outreach visits and workshops.
- 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.
As part of the Hub’s ongoing Vocal Strategy we are offering schools the opportunity for free support through the School Engagement Vocal Outreach Workshops, with the aim of visiting every primary school in Cornwall over the academic year.
These free one-hour vocal workshops, usually for Key Stage 2 pupils, aim to help schools with their own vocal development and are delivered in school by one of the Hub’s Vocal Leaders. The workshops are specifically for teachers or vocal leaders who are keen to continue to improve the quality of singing in their own school, already have a choir they wish to develop or are looking to set up a choir.
The School Engagement Workshops will be organised to suit each school through discussion with the Vocal Leader. There will then be an opportunity to discuss with them any particular areas of support in terms of vocal development.
Our team of Vocal Leaders are now contacting schools to arrange visits but please contact the Hub office if you would like to arrange a visit - CMEH@cornwall.gov.uk
Cornish Singing Schools
Last year, the Hub launched a scheme which recognises schools where singing is already a key part of school life as well as supporting those who want to develop their own vocal strategy - Cornish Singing Schools.
The scheme was developed in collaboration with national vocal specialist, Baz Chapman, and offers a framework which schools can use to develop their vocal activity. We were excited to present our first 34 Cornish Singing School Awards last March but we are keen to work with more schools! We can help to ensure your school is singing regularly and singing well.
There is no cost for schools to get involved with the scheme and you will get access to advice, support and opportunities from the Hub plus one year’s free Sing Up membership.
Any schools interested should contact Angela Renshaw - firstname.lastname@example.org
Songfest - A Celebration of Singing
Since 2016, the Hub has worked with thousands of children on its countywide vocal project, Songfest. Each year has a different theme and involves schools working together to form massed choirs in venues across the county.
Songfest 2020 - Spectacular Songs for the Heart and Soul!
Songfest 2020 is now fully booked as we have 80 schools registered to take part. The concert dates and venues are confirmed as:
Redruth Regal - 3rd March 2020
Launceston Town Hall - 10th March 2020
Princess Pavilions, Falmouth - 12th March 2020
St John's Hall, Penzance - 16th & 17th March 2020
Wadebridge Town Hall - 23rd & 24th March 2020
Plymouth Pavilions - 25th March 2020
Each concert will feature the massed Songfest choir in the second half and performances by local school and college choirs in the first half. Tickets will go on sale in January 2020.
All Songfest schools are expected to attend the free one day training event taking place on 25th September at Treverbyn Village Hall.