Today at Wiltshire’s Future Facing and Inclusive Music Conference, Pound Arts in Corsham launched a new youth choirs programme for the county.

Thanks to funding from Wiltshire Music Connect, Pound Arts is establishing an ambitious new model to offer singing opportunities to young people across the county. Through working with schools and community groups to support grassroots singing opportunities and establishing a series of regional singing ensembles with a varied repertoire for the county’s top singers, Pound Arts aims to extend traditional choral singing and introduce a range of high profile performance opportunities.

Working with major partners including Salisbury Cathedral, young singers will have the opportunity to celebrate singing and perform in inspiring, large-scale locations, raising the profile of new and existing singing opportunities in Wiltshire.

As well as the opportunity to join a new choir in each of the four corners of the county, Pound Arts will also establish a BSL signing choir, bringing together D/deaf and hearing young people to enjoy ensemble music.

Sophie Moysey, Acting Director of Pound Arts, explained, “We are incredibly excited to be launching this new initiative and to work with partners across the county, in cities, market towns and rural villages, to ensure all young people in Wiltshire experience the joy of singing. We are keen to talk to anyone who is interested in being a part of this new programme, from participants to singing teachers, schools to venues, and existing choirs to potential funding partners.”

Nick Howdle, Leader of Wiltshire Music Connect, added, “We’re delighted to be supporting this initiative which is part of our Singing Strategy and will build upon a wealth of singing activity and skills already active in the county. It sits alongside and complements our pool of Associates, support for music in schools, CPD and inclusion work.”

Today’s conference, hosted by Wiltshire Music Connect is a training and development opportunity for music providers across the county.

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