Sing UK (CIC) is a national, not-for-profit organisation committed to providing exceptional, quality singing opportunities - for young people in particular.
Working with partners in the field of education, music and community development, we create programmes to meet the needs and aspirations of local communities. Sing UK has at its heart a small and dedicated team with many years experience in music education and a passion for creating access and opportunity for all.
Recent work has included a four-year project in Bedfordshire, "SingQuest", where we worked with every Lower, Middle and Special School in the county to establish a vibrant and continuing culture of singing in schools. Four projects in Worcestershire, in 2010/11/12 and 13, have seen us working with fourteen of the county's local authority secondary schools and the University of Worcester. On each occasion, 200 students and their teachers have formed a chorus to perform major choral works with the English Symphony Orchestra, The Orchestra of The Swan and professional soloists in Worcester Cathedral. These projects provide unique opportunities for young people to work with and perform alongside professional musicians.
Sing UK was proud to present the UK's first-ever international festival for youth and children's choirs in the summer of 2013, in association with the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat. The Worcester International Festival for Young Singers (WIFYS) took place from 19 - 27 July 2013, when 400 young people came to the UK in their choirs for a week-long festival of workshops and concerts, culminating in a spectacular Gala Concert in Worcester Cathedral, which included the world premiere of Five Days that Changed the World by UK composer Bob Chilcott. Such has been the success of this astonishing work that it has been performed around the world on a number of occasions since its premiere, including at the Oregan Bach Festival in the USA in June 2014 under the composer's baton.
In 2014, as part of the nation's commemorative events marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, Sing UK undertook a very special project which culminated in a performance of Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man - a Mass for Peace on 28 September in London's Royal Albert Hall. We were delighted to be joined by the Philharmonia Orchestra for this poignant occasion which involved a choir of 600 young voices from schools in the UK and youth choirs representative of France, Belgium and Germany.