Sing For Your School
On Thursday 2nd March Cambridgeshire Music will be hosting their 'Sing for Your School' Celebration Event at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge, where all 8 prize-winners from the Sing for Your School competition will be invited, to come together in a celebration of lyric writing, composition, music and performance.
The production team at Historyworks has been hugely enjoying supporting this as Event Producers, rehearsing with the young people, recording their songs, interviewing the composers and their children, and making the short films which will be played out between acts at the celebratory event.
The schools who entered the competition and won places to perform at the final celebratory event will attend this exciting event and will have the opportunity to perform on stage and see their especially produced film about their piece on screen featuring personalised feedback from children’s poet, Michael Rosen!
The MC of the event will be Jeremy Sallis of BBC Cambs, and all the prize-winning entries, comprising the 8 schools, will not only perform but be invited on stage to receive their award. Funders and Sponsors and Partners for the event are Cambridgeshire Music, Cambridge News and Media, BBC Cambridgeshire, & Heffers.
Sing For Your School finale
Cambridge Corn Exchange 2 March - SOLD OUT
The eight Sing For Your School finalists have now been selected from the 38 chart entries from schools across Cambridgeshire by the judges pictured: Ilarna Nche, Dan Wilde, and Head of Cambridgeshire Music Matthew Gunn. The children have been busy rehearsing for the grand finale of an exciting project at the Corn Exchange on 2 March. Singer songwriters Dan and Ilarna will also perform on the night.
The eight finalists are: St Mary’s School, Impington Village College, Witchford Village College, Duxford CofE Community Primary School, Waterbeach Community Primary School, Bottisham Community Primary School, St Andrew’s C of E Primary School, and Cavalry Primary School.
The Sing for Your School project is designed to encourage and nurture children’s song-writing talent from schools all across the county, and provides a 12-week creative song-writing scheme with lesson plans and guidance.
There was a two-stage process for judging the songs: “official reviewers” first listened to all of the entries to arrive at their shortlists based on the merits of each song. Then a panel of judges met in early January to make their selection from shortlisted songs from each category and year group. The children were inspired by many diverse subjects, all the way from bullying to bees. Comments from those taking part included: “I really like it, it makes me happy too!” “It means that we can let go of our problems and just sing”, said children at St Andrew’s School. At Waterbeach School they said: “We relax and feel happy, which fills us with pride and confidence and we feel part of a community”. And at Impington Village College: “It has boosted the children’s confidence, as their talent is being recognised outside of the school environment and has made them want to go further as writers and as a group”.
Children’s author Michael Rosen has added his support to the project by giving his feedback on the lyrical content of each of the eight finalists' songs. He said: "I'm over-awed and stunned by the sheer talent that the young people have - the way in which they've conjured up images, the way they've conjured up pride, the way the school pupils show the fact that they welcome each other - all this has made me feel very emotional."
For information about the 'Sing for Your School' project and event visit:
For videos and photos of the project - please visit the albums & films which Historyworks is posting here:
Sing for Your School Celebration- 2nd March
The evening of 2nd March was a fantastic celebration of song and creativity, when the 8 finalists from local Cambridgeshire Schools came to perform at the Corn Exchange for the ‘Sing for Your School Celebration’ event. There was a real buzz in the air as the event started, with Mario Satchwell, Helen Weinstein and Tizzy Faller from Historyworks leading all the schools and the whole audience in a huge warm up session, to get their vocal chords ready for an evening of singing!
Then MC for the evening, BBC Cambs Jeremy Sallis took to the stage to introduce the first act of the evening, Bottisham Community Primary School. Their fantastic, catchy song ‘A Big Bottisham Welcome’ had a wonderful message about their school community being a welcoming place, wherever you come from and whatever language you speak and was very much enjoyed by the audience. Each school were presented with their prize by a partner or sponsor of the event, which included an amazing trophy and certificate of achievement signed by guest judge Michael Rosen.
Michael Rosen expressed how amazed he was with the incredible talent the young people had in their song writing:
“It has been fantastic looking at the lyrics of the songs and hearing performances for the Sing For Your School project, I’m overawed and stunned by the sheer talent that the young people have… all I can say to everyone, especially the young people and their teachers involved, is please do more!”
The audience also had the joy of hearing two of the other judges, Dan Wilde and Ilarna Nche, both singer songwriters, perform as part of the evening, with Dan singing his song Pieces and Ilarna singing her song Here’s To The World alongside her sister Towalla.
Download a pdf of the full event programme HERE
The schools’ songs that were performed on the night, in order of appearance were:
1. A Big Bottisham Welcome (Bottisham Community Primary School)
2. Cavalry Is Rhythm (Cavalry Primary School)
3. As Time Flies By (Duxford C of E Community Primary)
4. The St Andrews School Song Rap (St Andrews C of E Primary)
5. Like the Heron We Stand Tall (Waterbeach Community Primary School)
6. Don't Know What to Do (Witchford Village College)
7. Bee-ing Good (St Mary's Junior School)
8. Build a Better World (Impington Village College)
Each of the songs were distinctive and had themes which held great meaning for the young people involved, with some children choosing to sing about their school’s identity, community and memories, whilst others choose to sing about the pain of being bullied and their desire to help build a better world.
All the performances were heartfelt and sung with real passion and enthusiasm, moving the audience and making parents, grandparents, siblings and teachers extremely proud of the young people on stage.
The whole event ended with Impington Village College and Mario teaching the audience the chorus of their song, which the whole audience joined in enthusiastically with, leaving everyone on a singing high as the event drew to a close!
To see the Cambridge News article from the event click here.