AmaSing is a new Community interest company which is committed to organising and developing exciting and inspiring community projects and performances linked with singing, music and arts. The company’s activities will provide a positive benefit to a diverse range of communities from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.
We aim to work collaboratively with educational establishments including primary/high schools, colleges, universities and art specialists to develop and enhance children’s wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem. It will also support professional development for teachers and training teachers in developing skills and opportunities to deliver singing, music and arts in the daily school curriculum.
When is the Performance?
12-14th March 2018
AmaSing first project is taking place at the wonderful Storyhouse, Chester’s brand new theatre and arts centre.
Amasing concerts will be the first of this type to be performed in Chester involving over 33 primary schools in Chester and Ellesmere Port, students from The University of Chester, students from the brilliant House of Dance, fantastic professional composers Matt Baker and Andrew Smith, The Hammond School dancers, The Catholic High School choir “Voicebox” and the talented adult vocal group “Harmonix Vocal Collective”. The performances, three in total, will be held at Storyhouse on the 12-14th March 2018 presented by the wonderful actor Simon Smithies. Over the three days there will be more than 1000 children performing a selection of songs. Two of the songs will be specially composed for the project. One song will be composed by the children, the University of Chester students and Matt Baker about making the world a better place. The second song, composed by Andrew Smith, relates to the Macmillan Cancer Charity and inspires the children to believe in themselves and live every day to the full. Another song the children will sing is supporting Chester Zoo’s Save the Songbird Appeal. All songs sung will be sung accompanied by a brilliant professional band led by composer Andrew Smith.
It is sure to be an AmaSing night!!
Why are we doing this?
The projects will bring community cohesion and develop links between different groups from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and needs:
- Allow participants to experience new exciting opportunities working with brilliant and talented art specialists and in doing this acquire new skills and knowledge.
- Performances will support raising funds and awareness for important charities in the local Chester area such as Chester Zoo and Macmillan Cancer Support.
- The projects and performances will develop participants confidence, self- esteem, creativity and wellbeing.
- Participants such as students and teachers will professionally develop and acquire new creative skills, understanding, and knowledge to teach singing, music, performance and composing in the curriculum. This will further support learning in schools and universities.
- Amasing wants to open up arts and music especially singing to all children from all walks of life and show that through music that all communities can excel together to create something that everyone can be proud of.
Who Am I?
I am a primary school teacher who has specialised in music for the last twenty years. I have taught all age ranges throughout the key stages. I am very fortunate to have taught in many different settings and seen the power of music and arts in supporting children to grow and flourish. I believe music and all arts are incredibly powerful tools in which children from all backgrounds and cultures can express themselves and develop emotionally, socially, academically and physically. I believe it is essential to develop and promote arts in todays school curriculum inspiring children to reach their full potential and become strong , creative individuals who are confident to share their ideas and believe in themselves. I am passionate about music and singing and because of this over the last five years have developed and ran many big sing projects with over 20 different primary schools in the local areas. I have worked with a variety of arts specialists and seen how allowing opportunities for children and teachers to work with professional musicians and composers enhances their learning experiences and supports both teachers and pupils to develop skills, knowledge and opportunities that they would not have acquired in the normal everyday school curriculum.
Due to this work I am very excited to have set up” Amasing” and can’t wait for everyone to see the final result in March.