Our Widening Access & Engagement (WAE) programme exists to make singing experiences and opportunities available to children and young people who aren't members of NYCGB. We identify good areas to get involved on the basis of national participation data, as well as our own, and work with local partners (particularly England's Music Education Hubs) to deliver a wide range of activities and events, including singing days and workshops for students, CPD events for teachers, and concerts and performances. Read on to find out more.
Launched in May 2016, our partnership with Nottinghamshire Music Hub, Inspire and TRCH has four aims:
- To address low arts participation by young people in the county;
- To provide inspirational teaching and guidance to the county's singing leaders and teachers;
- To create high quality choral music with the county's secondary school students;
- To increase the number of Nottinghamshire-based singers in NYCGB.
To do this, we've jointly created a programme of events and activities that includes 'Ready Steady Sing!' activity days for students, 'Choral Masterclass' workshops for students and teachers, a Christmas Carol composition workshop for students, multiple students' showcase concerts at TRCH, mentoring and performances from the NYCGB Fellowship, three NYCGB residential courses in the East Midlands, multiple performances by NYCGB choirs in Nottinghamshire and at TRCH, and NYCGB auditions in Nottinghamshire as part of our national programme.
In partnership with Cornwall Music Education Hub
NYCGB and Cornwall Music Education Hub worked together to achieve four main goals:
- To restructure Cornwall's county youth choir system;
- To develop the Hub's strategy for teaching singing leaders in the county;
- To help young singers from Cornwall to achieve beyond the county boundary;
- To increase NYCGB membership in Cornwall.
To achieve these goals, a wide-ranging programme of activities was arranged, including singing days, student composition workshops, CPD for teachers and choral leaders, and NYCGB residential courses, concerts and auditions in Cornwall.
The partnership successfully revitalised choral singing, leadership and aspiration in Cornwall, reflected by a 46% increase in NYCGB membership from the county.
"I cannot tell you what a difference support from NYCGB makes to us as leaders" - Angela Renshaw, Cornwall Music Education Hub Vocal Lead
Our partnership in Cumbria was informed by evidence of low singing provision for children, support for teachers and leaders, and low NYCGB membership in the region.
Working together with Rosehill Theatre, a cultural centre and primary education driver in West Cumbria, and Cumbria Music Hub, our achievements included a Summer singing festival, and NYCGB's first residential course and auditions day in the region. We also gave key support to Rosehill Theatre's production of the children's opera 'Brundibar', providing monthly coaching to primary school children involved in the production, and to their music teachers. The production went on to tour nationally, securing outstanding critical reviews. Cumbria Music Hub are leading continued strong growth of singing activity in the region, and NYCGB membership levels have increased by 70%.
"Watching our son engage with the NYCGB team [in Cumbria] was just extraordinary. We didn’t know that he could sing and he was smiling so much! NYCGB, you have no idea how much this has changed things for us as a family. Thank you." - Parent