Two Training Courses from SING UP Team

Sing Up are running two courses in October designed to benefit music teachers and choral leaders  in primary and secondary schools. Many of you may remember that CSA was very involved in the government’s national singing programme (known as Sing Up). We ran the Chorister Outreach Programme at 42 cathedral and choir school foundations.

Improve Your School Choir on Wednesday 25th (10am-3pm) is aimed at leaders of young singers aged 9-13. Under the expert guidance of vocal leader Emily Barden, participants will discover techniques to take their school choirs and vocal ensembles to the next level.

Shelly Ambury, Sing Up’s Head of Learning, will be leading the second course Improve Musical Learning with Singing on Friday, 27 October. This day is designed to help secondary school, music teachers in their approach to integrate singing into the music curriculum as a way of developing students’ vocal confidence and musical skills.

Places are limited so for more information and to book a place visit

Ten years ago, Sing Up was set up as a government funded programme to reinstate singing in schools. It was a hugely successful programme, reaching 98% of primary schools by 2012. Since then, when funding stopped, the organisation has sustained itself entirely through income from schools’ membership subscriptions. The continued loyalty and investment from schools is a sign of the value they place on singing and Sing Up’s work.

CSA’s Chorister Outreach Programmes, under the Sing Up umbrella, used choristers to inspire their peers in local schools. These children were then invited to join choristers for a concert in the Cathedral. Programmes also included out of school opportunities for children to sing.

The majority of COP projects continued when funding came to an end and, a decade later, still play an important role in local education provision. Many are actively working in their Music Education Hub and reaching thousands of primary school children up and down the country.