The Branston Cluster Choir was a five-month project which saw a collaboration of 300 children from 14 schools in Branston and nearby villages, culminating in a grand-scale vocal performance in Lincoln Cathedral in June 2010.
The project’s goal was to encourage an ethos of regular singing within the schools taking part, which included Branston Community College and 13 of the surrounding primary schools which feed into it. soundLINCS provided a team of specialist music facilitators who ran fortnightly workshops in each school, whilst plenty of practice also took place in lessons as well.
The project also aimed to transfer key musical skills and techniques to designated teachers within the schools; creating a legacy of skilled and confident singing teachers who could enable the Branston Cluster Choir to continue to work together after the soundLINCS’ involvement in the project ended.
Working to the chosen theme of Globalisation, each choir picked their own song to prepare and then perform separately during the Cathedral concert. There was also a series of practices of the whole Cluster Choir, working on four songs which were performed all together as a massed choir.
The final concert saw an incredible sell out audience of 1000, exceeding all expectations and creating a fantastic atmosphere for the 300 performers. They were welcomed by The Dean of Lincoln Cathedral, followed by an introduction from Rosemary Akrill from Lincolnshire County Council. The event ran brilliantly and was closed with a standing ovation and an uplifting reprise of Babethandaza, a traditional South African song.
Councillor Patricia Braswell, Executive Member of Children’s Services for Lincolnshire County Council, said: “It has been an excellent event and the young people really loved performing which is marvellous. The important thing is that they are encouraged to keep it up and continue in the future”.
For more photographs of the event visit the Flickr folder!