On February 5th our launch video, released in support of Children’s Mental Health Week was featured on ITV West Country evening news. The video, introduced by world renowned conductor and composer, John Rutter, featured a recently formed virtual children’s choir with children from across Bath and Wiltshire singing a new piece of music composed by Jools Scott and Sue Curtis.
The newly released video was featured on ITV West Country evening news with three of the choir’s members being interviewed about their experience of recording a new song in the pandemic. Voices for life’s Tessa Armstrong was also interviewed, sharing that when she first heard the song it brought a tear to her eye.
Voices for Life will be helping the mental health and wellbeing of primary school children post lockdown by providing them with the opportunity of singing in a choir and learning and performing a newly commissioned oratorio. The theme of the oratorio will be space, based on visiting different feeling planets. The project will be delivered in primary schools through a series of coaching workshops and choir rehearsals to help children build self-esteem, emotional wellbeing, and confidence as they work together to create, rehearse, and perform an exciting piece of words and music. At the end of the project, all the children will have fun taking part in a performance of the oratorio accompanied by a professional orchestra; an exciting opportunity for participating children to experience the joys of live performance at its best. This helps to give the children a renewed sense of confidence in themselves as well as giving them an experience that will live with them forever.
The Covid-19 pandemic has been tough on us all and we cannot overestimate the huge impact it is having on children. Voices for life will provide support through the provision of singing, music, and confidence coaching programmes for primary school children to help build self-esteem, emotional wellbeing, and confidence and enable children to continue developing healthily in all aspects of their lives throughout the pandemic and beyond. To support the programme a brand new ‘oratorio’ is currently being composed, which will hopefully be performed in Bath Abbey by choirs from primary schools across Bath, Somerset, and Wiltshire later in the year.