Sing for Pleasure is a registered charity and aims to encourage people of all ages to enjoy singing and conducting. We pride ourselves on delivering programmes and events that develop choral and musicanship skills.
We particularly enjoy working with young people and this is at the heart of our charitable work. For the last 40 years we have been encouraging music development in schools in a number of ways. One of these is through bringing teachers on our specially developed Sing for Pleasure training courses through our bursary programme for the benefit of UK nationals. We run a number of events across the UK, from one day courses to week long residential summer schools. On each course we have primary or secondary school teachers and music education specialists, developing their music skills to translate and use back in the classroom. We actively select teachers who come in to contact with large numbers of children, helping to reach as many children and young people as possible.
Over the last few years we have been delighted to have received support from the John Lewis Partnership, who generously fund a number of bursaries for both primary school teachers and young people. This support has been ongoing for twelve years and has enabled over 600 people to be able to experience a Sing for Pleasure course and share their learning with school and community choirs.
In 2013 we launched our Young Conductors Programme, with charitable funding from a number of generous Trusts and Foundations. The programme offers a year long scholarship which gives talented young musicians a wonderful opportunity to make their mark on choral music. Working with our Head of Conductor Training, Manvinder Rattan, the students learn in a supportive peer group under a highly respected mentor. Our teaching methods and environment are encouraging and our courses are well known for developing confidence and practical skills. Young conductors also become members of Sing for Pleasure and thus gain the opportunity to network alongside vocal specialists and develop a peer support group in line with their future goals and aspirations.