DMEH has been supporting secondary schools and learning communities with advice and funding to start their own area transition choirs. based at the secondary school, these choirs aim to not ony to raise standards in singing for boys and girls, but also to facilitate schools to work together in clusters and provide a safe learning environment for primary children to visit their feeder Secondary school, meet teachers and older peers.
Sarah Owen from Wren Music is leading the Transition Choir in Sidmouth. She says: It's been fantastic to create this new collaboration with Sidmouth College as we have been able to reach more young people through working together. As an extremely busy Head of Music, Ollie Hickman just isn't able to lead this new group and this is where Wren has been able to step in. Together, Oliie and I made joint visits to all the Primary schools in the Learning Community to give the children a flavour of the sessions and have been delighted to welcome in around 35 young singers from all of the four primaries in the Learning Community as well as students from Sidmouth College. We've had three rehearsals so far and they make an incredible sound - we are just planning our very first gig!"
Please contact the Music Lead for your area if you'd like to kick start a Transition Choir project in your community.