St Andrews Voices is a unique festival dedicated to singing. Its education and participation programme aims to engage, inspire and involve people in the arts through contact with the festival's artists and the exploration of their music in masterclasses and workshops. In addition to this, we develop longer-term programmes for people in Fife focussing on singing, increasing confidence, developing musical enjoyment and improving health and well-being.
Tenebrae Education Project - V&A Dundee
Working with the Tenebrae Choir’s Associates Artists (a programme that develops professional and experience of their younger singers) we devised a project for school pupils (Grove Academy and Morgan Academy from Dundee and Madras College in St Andrews) in the lead up to the 2018 festival that aimed to develop singing, give pupils an opportunity to work with the highest calibre singers and to devise a performance to showcase the work.
We were given the chance to perform the finale of the project in the newly opened V&A Dundee which was an opportunity we did not want to miss. The theme of the music to be performed aligned with V&A’s inaugural exhibition Speed & Style: Ocean Liners which immediately gave the project focus and repertoire inspiration.
A Mindful of Music Project
In 2016 we developed a project utilising music and singing to enhance the lives of young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) and additional support needs (ASN) from schools in Glenrothes.
We used singing and composition to improve mood and build confidence. Pupils worked with singer Caitlin Mulgew, composer Duncan Chapman and Ellen Thomson over two terms.
Take a look at this video to see of some of our work.
In 2015 we spent time tuning into what makes us happy with families from Cupar.
Health and Wellbeing is a core subject in Scottish schools and research has suggested that being happy contributes to an individual’s overall physical and mental health. People who are connected to and contribute to their local community are often happier.
During this project pupils and their parents explored their own emotions and talked about the things that make them happy. They also explored the ten key elements to a happier life determined by recent scientific research. The project was run by Ellen Thomson and singer Amanda MacLeod. You can listen to our Happy song in this video.
If you are interested in finding out more about our education programme, or you would like to work with us on a project please contact:
Amanda MacLeod, Festival Manager