Founded in 1993 by Suzi Digby (Lady Eatwell), O.B.E., The Voices Foundation’s aim is to ensure that every child – regardless of perceived ability, background, means or disability – has access to a high-quality music education through singing. The charity focuses on singing in primary schools. Its unique in-school training programme, lasting a full academic year, equips all teaching staff with the skillsets and confidence to develop singing skills in every child.
Now in its 20th year, The Voices Foundation has worked with hundreds of challenging primary schools in inner-city, urban and rural areas throughout the country, bringing its unique programme to thousands of children. These children have flourished, thanks to the positive effects that singing can bestow, improving concentration and memory, developing heightened social, behavioural and communication skills and building greater self-esteem and self confidence.
|Through the generosity of Christ Church Cathedral and RSCM Oxford, funding has been provided for The Voices Foundation to deliver a 2-term programme at the John Henry Newman Academy in Oxford. All 15 classroom teachers have been taking part and they, together with every child in the Academy, will be sharing what they have learned in a Singing Celebration to be held on 27th June throughout the day, starting at 10 am.
One teacher at the school writes:
‘My class adores Voices. Children of all abilities can access the lessons and love building up our song pot. Their singing voices have begun to develop and they are regularly heard singing our songs on the school playground! It is fantastic to see them having the confidence to sing alone and to build a team spirit of singing together in class.’
Report from the Voices Foundation Advisory Teacher
currently working at the John Henry Newman Academy