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Merseyside Sings

The Merseyside Sings programme supported primary and secondary schools in developing singing with children and young people.

1st September 2009 - 31st July 2010

It provided professional development for music coordinators, teachers, teaching assistants, breakfast club practitioners and secondary age young people to develop their confidence as singing leaders.

Based on the Sing Up clusters model, the programme was led by Music Services with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Youth Music, and delivered in schools and local communities in the Find Your Talent areas. Schools were encouraged to sign up to the Sing Up website to access a range of singing resources.

The programme provided a school songbook resource and performance opportunities for participants from the three Find Your Talent neighbourhoods of Liverpool City Region in summer 2010.  

This included the Schools’ Supersing Liverpool concert, which was the culmination of a year-long schools’ singing programme delivered through local Music Services in partnership with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Sing Up, the national singing programme.

Schools’ Supersing Liverpool

Local schools performed in the Schools’ Supersing Liverpool concert at the Echo Arena on 28 June 2010. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity saw youngsters from schools across Merseyside (Liverpool, St Helens and Knowsley) unite to form a mass choir at the rousing event, hosted by former Hollyoaks characters, ‘Max & OB’ (actors Matt Littler and Darren Jeffries).

They performed well known songs backed by a live band including musicians from the Liverpool Philharmonic. The concert also featured the acclaimed Sense of Sound choir (as featured on BBC1’s Last Choir Standing) and the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir, one of the finest young people’s choirs in the region. The surprise turn of the night was a unique teachers’ choir who stepped up to build confidence and provide positive inspiration for their classes. 

During the evening’s entertainment the colossal choir belted out popular songs including a High School Musical medley and music by The Beatles, backed by a live band including musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The audience was made up of proud parents, grandparents, siblings and family friends.

Carol Rogers, Executive Director of Education, Communities and Visitors at National Museums Liverpool, managing partner of Find Your Talent said:

“Find Your Talent provided inspirational and life-changing experiences for thousands of young people, such as this magnificent singing event. We’re delighted that Schools’ Supersing Liverpool has given children a chance to celebrate and share their achievements with friends and families. We hope that they will carry this enormously positive influence with them into the future and get involved in the rich array of cultural activity on offer for them in the region.”

Schools’ Supersing Liverpool was supported by Find Your Talent, Sing Up and Liverpool City Council through Culture Liverpool and managed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in partnership with Liverpool Music Support Service, Knowsley Music & Performing Arts Service, St Helens Music Service and Youth Music.