UWE encourages youngsters to 'aim higher'

Issue date: 16 March 2006


logo Primary school children from Southmead, Westbury and Lawrence Weston in Bristol are being given an exciting opportunity to 'aim higher' in a concert in Bristol Cathedral on Sunday 26 March. UWE's showstoppers chorus and students from the Faculty of Education will be there to encourage the children to aim for high educational attainment. The boys from Bristol Cathedral choir and St Mary Redcliffe choir will be there to give strong encouragement to the primary school boys to aim for higher notes! Girls will be encouraged by the Cathedral girls choir and the Clevedon Girls choir and the event, which is the culmination of six months of Bristol Voices workshops funded by Youth Music, promises to raise the roof.

Martin Ashley, UWE's organiser for Bristol Voices said, “Bristol Cathedral is a wonderful location for singing events, and the cathedral authorities are really keen for the cathedral to play a full role in the community of Bristol. The cathedral will provide an excellent setting for the children to learn more about using their voices and enjoying music. We also hope that this event will be an exciting experience for those children who haven't yet visited the cathedral and that contact with UWE students will raise their aspirations to think about continuing onto higher education. The message will be that anybody with suitably high expectations of themselves can hit the really high notes and hit the high ambition through going on to university study.”

The concert is taking place on Mothering Sunday and all the participants (whatever their age) are being encouraged to bring a mother! Each of the choirs will perform a favourite piece of their own and all the singers will join together to perform the songs that have been used during the Bristol Voices project.

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Editors notes:

The Bristol Voices project is a collaboration between UWE, Bristol Cathedral and Bristol City Council Arts Service. Its principal aims are to encourage children with the least opportunity to join choirs through teaching them about singing and to improve significantly the quality of singing in primary schools through supporting, training and developing teachers.

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