Hampshire is alive with the sound of music as the new school year gets underway – and school pupils have more ways than ever to get involved.
Young singers invited to join new ‘Show’ Choir
Young fans of musical theatre, whether they enjoy early classics from Cole Porter and Gershwin or modern day musicals such as ‘Rent’ and ‘Wicked’, can now enjoy learning and performing much-loved show songs, as a member of the new County Show Choir.
The Show Choir is conducted by vocal specialist Kim Seagrove. Kim has played a variety of high-profile roles in musical theatre, such as Maria in the Sound of Music. She has also performed as a soloist in ‘Songs of the Movies and Musicals’ in the Royal Albert Hall. Singers must be aged between 10 and 13 years. Rehearsals take place every Friday, from 6pm to 7.15pm, at the United Church in Winchester.
Hampshire Music Service has a wide variety of choirs on offer to young people of all ages, including the County Youth Choir, Basingstoke Youth and Junior Choirs, and North East Hampshire Young Singers. All choirs and singing groups enjoy a full calendar of rehearsals and performances, and are open to applications throughout the academic year.
Get set for the Chairman’s ‘Year of Music’
Hampshire County Council’s Chairman, Councillor Keith Chapman MBE, has recently launched a ‘Year of Music’ in which schools can celebrate musical activities in their school. By encouraging teachers and young people to get involved, learn instruments and perform, schools and their pupils can work towards milestones and awards and benefit from sharing their experiences.
Hampshire Music Service’s county and area ensembles will be increasing the number of concerts and events in their programme for the 'Chairman’s Year of Music' - so there will be even more opportunities for everyone to enjoy great music from Hampshire’s young musicians.
There are some 60 Hampshire Music Service ensembles and choirs across the county, spanning a wide range of musical styles.
Being a member of a music group is a unique educational experience, which supports good progress in playing or singing, alongside the enjoyment and social rewards of making music together.
This year sees the start of four new ensembles in areas across the county, for children just starting out on their musical journey.
The ensembles hold concerts, festivals and musical events throughout the year, and some go on international concert tours.
Find out more about our choirs and ensembles.