…back to school…

This week I went back to primary school.

A few dozen members from the choirs Global Harmony and Woven Chords, along with our MD Liz, were privileged to be invited to the Sacred Heart Catholic Voluntary Academy in Leicester. The aim was to share songs from around the world and share the experience of singing expressively and in multiple parts.

What an experience and a privilege. I tweeted during the day “What a FANTASTIC buzz!”  I found the 400 children’s response to the choir’s performance in the morning assembly astonishing. Rarely do adults show such truthful wonder and enjoyment. Our organised, expressive, layered compositions were possibly usurped by the honest enthusiastic pleasure that the children expressed in return – what a BUZZ!

I joined Tina and Frances to share with a class of 5 year-olds.  The experience of ‘showing’ young children forms of singing and making noises with the voice was enlightening. Such enthusiasm and willingness to create, priceless moments.

At one point I tweeted “Energy needs application, discipline and observation…”. For me personally; I was reminded at one point that expression and communication needs form, structure and discipline if it is to have a place in a organised community.  Tweet “Hence community is important… Easier said than done?”

Tweet “What an experience, singing with a Leicester primary school #talkaboutenergy!”

I think the day was thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by many! It’s hard to put a finger a single thing to take from the day because it was rich in emotion, ideas, and honesty.

Some raw recordings (from a phone in my pocket)…

Chaotic kids pre-muster: gathered in the hall…

Many thanks to fellow choir members Tina and Frances for their enthusiastic planning and support!

A classroom rehearsal: “One Morning Soon / Angels” a traditional American gospel song

A classroom rehearsal #toocute “Oo a lay lay” This is a traditional echo song from Polynesia

A final performance: “One Morning Soon / Angels” a traditional American gospel song

Check some other classes’ songs here:

Great day!


Three discoveries – buzz, buzz, buzz…

Don’t you love it when you discover something new and it gives you a buzz!?

My first BBC R3’s Late Junction discover was a few years ago now when I heard a track from Bugge Wesseltoft and have followed his stuff ever since. I just love LJ as it features all sorts of stuff from electro-pop to throat-music and more. Love it.

Over the last few weeks with the help of LJ and a little SpotifyI’ve discovered three new artists that I feel I should share.

Agnes Obel: ‘Riverside’ and the album ‘Philharmonics’

This music just caught my ear as different – her simple melodies and use of the piano are new to me. (Rather like Bugge’s simple piano did when I first heard snowing…)

Robag Wruhme: ‘Ende’ and the album ‘Thora Vukk’  (I love it love it love it)

From the first moment I heard Ende my ears pricked up (rather like my discovery of Bugge) – and I just love this specific track, I find it so beautiful.

And LBNL, Lady Maiserydebut album ‘Weave and Spin’

Something special I think! Lady Maisery is a multi-talented folky vocal trio, where the three become so much more than the sum of their parts!?

Let me know what Uoo think?