The Cornwall Music Education Hub Vocal Strategy - Vocal Support for Schools
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, Angela 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 offer:
- 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
7 Songs for G7
This is an exciting new song collection for Cornwall's Primary, Secondary, SEN schools and Home Educated pupils to come together to sing and enjoy over the next few weeks leading up to, and beyond the G7 Summit being held in St Ives in June 2021.
The song collection, devised and led by Angela Renshaw (Vocal Strategy Lead CMEH), is funded by the Cornwall Music Education Hub, and forms part of Cornwall Council's G7 Educational offer.
Our Voice, Our Future
The Our Voice, Our Future project, funded and managed by the Cornwall Music Education Hub, sets out to create a selection of songs that will ‘speak’ through music and lyrics to represent the voices of the student population within the Truro and Penwith Multi Academy Trust. These songs will be created by professional songwriters, using poems written by the students.
The aim of this project is to empower the young people to get their messages across to the global leaders, whilst also learning more about the songwriting process. The songs themselves will investigate and explore topics that will form the core discussions in the June 2021 G7.
For further information, see our G7 Projects page
Cornish Singing Schools
In 2017, 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 the Hub office - CMEH@cornwall.gov.uk
Every year we work with schools across the county to deliver a countywide project which celebrates excellence in singing. Information can be found on our Large Scale events page