AmaSing is an exciting new Community interest company which is based in Chester and has had huge success in it’s first year. It has recently been awarded the “Highly Commended Performing Arts Award” from Cheshire West Community and Voluntary Arts Awards and was nominated as a finalist in the North West Cultural and Education Awards. It is committed to organising and developing exciting and inspiring community projects and performances linked with singing, music and arts. The company’s activities provide a positive benefit to a diverse range of communities from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Recently, because of it’s work in the community AmaSing recievied an invitation to Civic Lunch with The Queen and The Duchess of Sussex. It has become a partner with Artsmark and is working closely with Curious Minds and other cultural partnerships to develop arts in Cheshire West Schools.
AmaSing works 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 also supports 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?
11th-13th March 2019
After the huge success of last years concerts AmaSing’s second project is once again taking place at the wonderful Storyhouse, Chester’s brand new theatre and arts centre which will bring together many wonderful community groups, schools and artists celebrating the fantastic talents of Chester.
Amasing 2019 concerts will be performed in Chester involving 34 primary schools in Chester and Ellesmere Port, students from The University of Chester, students from the brilliant House of Dance, fantastic professional composers Andrew Smith and Matt Baker The Hammond School dancers, The Catholic High School choir “Voicebox”, and the brilliant Deesign choir, Manchester Show Choir and adult vocal group “Harmonix Vocal Collective”. The performances, three in total, will be held at Storyhouse on the 11-13th March 2019 presented by the wonderful actor Simon Smithies. Over the three days there will be more than 1000 children performing a selection of songs. Seven of the songs are brand new and many have been specially composed for the project. Two of the songs have been written in aid of charities Young Minds Uk and Dementia UK. The children will sing songs which are supporting Chester Zoo’s Palm Oil project and a song written by Matt Baker in aid of the Refugee crisis. All songs sung will be accompanied by a brilliant professional band led by composer Andrew Smith.
Alongside the concerts we will be running many different arts workshops this year for children, families, student teachers, teachers and the elderly developing skills and opportunities in music, art, dance and drama.
Over the three days in March there will be an AmaSing Gallery open in the Garrat Theatre at Storyhouse exhibiting a selection of inspirational art work which will have been produced by the community in the workshops so please come and enjoy.
It is sure to be another 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.
- To support schools and students to gain ArtsMark and Arts Awards
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 this year we are expanding the project to create opportunities for schools and community not just to take part in the concerts but also many exciting and inspiring art workshops developing well being, skills and experiences using many art forms.
We are also supporting schools in partnership with Curious Minds to aid them to achieve ArtsMark status and Arts Awards.
I hope AmaSing 2019 will be bigger and better then last year and can’t wait to see all the amazing talent we have in Chester performing at Storyhouse in March.