Singers from Stepney All Saints School and Swanlea School join forces in a joyous celebration of singing, titled Conversations About Music and led by Spitalfields Music workshop leaders Jessie Maryon Davies and Gawain Hewitt.
Having been unable to sing in school for the whole of their last year of primary school, and for much of Year 7, students from Year 8 at Swanlea were invited to take part in ‘A Song for Us’, a project run in partnership by Sound UK and Spitalfields Music. Over the course of the first half-term of the academic year, they contributed to, learned and performed a specially commissioned piece by Artist and Musician Bishi, which was professionally recorded for the Song For Us website: A Song for London | Bishi | A Song for Us produced by Sound UK.
After half-term, they were joined on this project by Year 7 and Year 9 students from Stepney All Saints. In their individual schools, both sets of students have taken part in song-writing workshops with Jessie Maryon Davies, writing their own new commissions which respond to ‘A Song for London’ and students’ own experiences from the past 18 months, as well as creating new sound installations to work alongside the new songs with Gawain Hewitt.
Students from both schools come together for the first time in their performance on 25th November at Canary Wharf Crossrail Place, and will be showcasing Bishi’s piece, and their own new commissions.