Tuesday 14 June 2022

Reasons to Sing!

Steel City Choristers: Reasons to Sing!

Steel City Choristers and social inclusion charity Parson Cross Initiative (PXI) have developed Reasons to Sing! to help people find wellbeing through music and connection. The Reasons to Sing! short course consists of videos and discussion notes, free to download from the Steel City Choristers website, and can be used by schools, churches, care homes and others. It is intended to help people reflect on the role that songs play in their lives.

Steel City Choristers was founded following the unexpected closure of Sheffield Cathedral Choir in July 2020. Members of the former cathedral choir were committed to continuing to sing together and to keeping choral music alive in the city. So Steel City Choristers was established as a choir that sings to the standard associated with our country’s cathedrals, but which does so out and about around the city. The choir brings children and adults together to sing to the highest musical standards, welcoming boys and girls aged 7-18 regardless of their background or prior musical experience.

Steel City Choristers have connected six songs chosen by people from PXI with six pieces from the traditional English choral repertoire through the themes of comfort, gratitude, loss, love, unity and structure. A series of workshops enabled a number of people from Parson Cross to learn to sing their six songs, and to then join with Steel City Choristers to perform them at a community concert in May 2022, at which the choir also performed their six pieces [see more on YouTube]. Six themed videos of the songs and stories have been recorded. Course discussion notes accompany the videos. The discussion notes and videos are all freely available to download on the Steel City Choristers’ website.

Full information from the Steel City Choristers website.

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