EX CATHEDRA | Education and Participation

You lit up the school, not just for the week, but for the entire year.
Stephen Holroyd, Principal, Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok

Our Education and Participation programmes comprise projects for schools, Music Hubs, hospitals and communities, as well as our Academy of Vocal Music training choirs for young people aged 3-18. Our work is created and delivered by an award-winning team of Vocal Tutors and accompanists, led by Rebecca Ledgard, Director of Education and Participation. 

We believe that singing is a special activity which increases wellbeing and brings people together. Throughout our Education and Participation programmes we aim to unite people of all ages and backgrounds in the joy of singing together. 

Singing Schools: for schools & Music Hubs

This has been a transformational project.”
Jackie Gazeley, Headteacher, Birmingham

Visit our Singing Schools website: www.singingschools.co.uk

Singing Playgrounds is the beginnings of group singing. This programme trains children to lead other children in singing-play, establishing a shared singing-play culture for the whole primary school community.

SingMaker is our project for in-the-moment exhilarating, joyous (often large) group singing in which children sing their hearts out, move, dance, and laugh. 

Singing Connections brings the singing-play into the classroom. 

ChoirMaker keeps children inspired by singing as they move to secondary school and enables teachers to set up a thriving school choir.  The project was awarded Outstanding Music Education Resource at the Music and Drama Education Awards 2024.

‘The judges appreciated the focus, rigour and innovation of this resource, which was designed in response to a clear gap in the provision of singing at Key Stage 2 and 3. They felt that the musical selections and range made this an ideal standalone yet supportive resource.’

Singing Medicine: for health & wellbeing

Singing Medicine makes you feel better and helps you play.”
Patient, aged 6

Visit our Singing Medicine website: www.singingmedicine.co.uk

Singing Medicine brings wellbeing through singing to children, teenagers, babies and their caregivers, and adults, in hospital, at home, and in the community. Our Vocal Tutor team works with children bedside at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, as well as creating interactive video content for all age groups to engage with online. We work collaboratively with clinicians to produce singing resources for specific medical needs, such as lung health.

The Ex Cathedra Ladywood Community Choir is an inclusive choir led by Singing Medicine Vocal Tutor Marianne Ayling. 

Contact us

For more information about Singing Schools, visit us at www.singingschools.co.uk

For more about Singing Medicine, visit: www.singingmedicine.co.uk

If you have any further queries or would like more information, please contact Gemma King, Education and Participation Manager, at gemma@excathedra.co.uk