Young voices are in unison at VOCES8 workshop in Spalding

Pupils from Tydd St Mary Primary School with VOCES8 at South Holland Centre, Spalding.
Pupils from Tydd St Mary Primary School with VOCES8 at South Holland Centre, Spalding.
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Children from primary schools across South Holland had a singing lesson from classical ensemble VOCES8 at South Holland Centre, Spalding, on Monday.

Pupils from Cowbit, Tydd St Mary, Weston, West Pinchbeck, Spalding and Bourne had their vocal chords tested at the workshop organised by Lincolnshire Music Service.

The singers were inspirational to listen to and their enthusiasm was clearly seen throughout the session.

Lucie Burton, Years 3 and 4 teacher at Tydd St Mary Primary School

Lucie Burton, Years 3 and 4 teacher at Tydd St Mary Primary School, said: “The children enjoyed the modern songs they sang together and learned a lot about singing acoustically.

“The singers were inspirational to listen to and their enthusiasm was clearly seen throughout the session.

“I asked the children for their thoughts and a few were ‘their voices were beautiful’, ‘we were so lucky to meet them in person because they were all friendly’, ‘they were unique and used their voices in many different ways’, ‘They had so much passion and inspired us all’.

“We all had a fabulous time and were lucky enough to get our photos taken with VOCES8 after the performance.”

Sally Hare of St John the Baptist Primary School, Spalding, said: “We had a most fulfilling morning with VOCES8 who kept the children’s interest at all times.

“I was at the South Holland Centre singing workshop with some of our choir members and all the children taking part were focused and responsive.

“We had learned a couple of songs beforehand and worked together with VOCES8 to rehearse and perform the songs.

“But we were also privileged to listen to some other songs the group sang for us.

“We learned about the four elements of a song – melody, harmony, bass and rhythm – which VOCES8 demonstrated these to us one at a time so we could hear how a song is built up.

“One of the other important things my children learned was the difference between just singing and actually performing which VOCES8 kept reminding us of throughout the workshop.

“On our walk back to school, the children were singing the songs with great gusto and enthusiasm, entertaining members of the public in town.”

Rebecca Beavis, music co-ordinator at Bourne Westfield Primary Academy, added: “All our children who attended the workshop on Monday had a fantastic time. “VOCES8 were a real inspiration, particularly to the boys who gained a lot from watching amazing male singers who could make singing ‘cool’.

“The workshops were pitched perfectly for the primary-aged audience and the group had the children totally engaged.

“In a word, the VOCES8 workshop was amazing.”

Jennifer McKie, senior music advisor for Lincolnshire Music Service, said: “The workshop in Spalding was a fantastic opportunity for so many children and young people to unite in song, obviously enjoying their singing.

“We were delighted that an ensemble of this quality were able to share their expertise and Lincolnshire Music Service continues to work with VOCES8, broadening music education within the county and offering access to this unique musical learning method.”