Partnership programme

Where:
Leicester
Project:

DioSing!

Contact person:
Katy Dent
Activities:
Singing

For a number of years, Leicester Cathedral’s Chorister Outreach Programme gave many children from all over the city and county the opportunity to develop their singing skills under the guidance of Cathedral musicians and to experience something of the liturgical and spiritual life of the Cathedral at end-of-term performances.  Building on the foundations laid by the Chorister Outreach Programme, the Cathedral launched a new schools’ singing programme – DioSing! – in September 2012, which sought to establish more permanent partnerships between schools, churches in the wider Diocese and the Cathedral.

Vocal specialists (the two Choral Directors and the Cathedral Director of Music) now teach classroom singing for an hour a week in 24 primary schools around the Diocese, grouped in clusters around the Parish of All Saints with Holy Trinity, Loughborough, and Leicester Cathedral.  The singing curriculum they deliver is designed not only to cover specific pieces of repertoire for one-off performances but also to teach the range of skills required of an advanced choral musician, including the ability to read music, aural skills and a sound vocal technique.  Children who wish to develop these skills further have the opportunity to do so either as Cathedral Choristers or in the Loughborough Children’s Choir, set up as part of the project.

 

 

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