Over the last four months the Songwriting Charity has been working with ten schools in South Wales. The pupils benefited from a fully funded song-writing project called ‘Project K’, promoting peace, celebrating song and remembering Kate Johnson, the sister of the charity’s CEO, Nathan Timothy. Kate was a visual artist in Cardiff who sadly passed away in July 2012 after a short illness. Kate was involved in the early stages of the Songwriting Charity’s work when it was founded in 2011.
Phase one of Project K culminated in a celebratory event (our first ever!) held at the Millennium Stadium on July 8th with the support of the Millennium Stadium Communities Team and Capita Education Resourcing. 300 pupils from the schools, with teachers, parents and invited guests were in attendance. Each workshop and school performance (filmed in high definition) was shown for the first time to the assembled pupils and guests at the stadium.
Nathan Timothy, CEO of the Songwriting Charity said, “Project K is a fitting tribute to my wonderful sister. Standing in front of 300 smiling children at the Millennium Stadium was one of the most wonderful feelings I have ever experienced. I have never felt so proud, so emotional, so elated. The children were so excited to hear their songs of peace and attentive as they watched their films on the big screen for the first time. To everyone who has worked so hard to make this project a success, I am so grateful. Thank you just doesn’t seem enough. Here’s to next year!’
Special guests included Songwriting Charity Ambassadors, The Floe, who performed three songs, including an exclusive written for Project K and available now as a free download https://soundcloud.com/thefloe/t-minus-one-by-the-floe-free, and BBC Wales’ Frank Hennessy who delighted the crowd with an energetic and lively set featuring some of his and our favourite songs. It really was a pleasure to have Frank and The Floe as our VIPs for the day.
Liz Townsend, one half of The Floe said, “Project K was my first public engagement as Ambassador for the charity and what a truly incredible day it was! Hundreds of children from ten schools all showcasing their songs at the Millennium Stadium, it really doesn’t get any better than this. Seeing their faces as they watched themselves on screen, you couldn’t help but be in awe at the extensive amount of work that went into the production of the songs, the videos and the entire event. I feel honoured to have been part of Project K 2013 and can’t wait to see what Project K 2014 will bring. One thing is guaranteed… it will be exceptional!”
The Songwriting Charity is continuing to raise funds to support further workshops in the Cardiff area with the aspiration that Project K will live on and reach out to children and young people across Wales.
Initial funding for Project K was through a sponsored 3-Peaks Challenge in May 2013 a challenge undertaken by Paul James Newton, Richard Barron, Jamie Quarry, Scott Bailey, Scott Cohen, Paul Gregory, Rebecca & Joe Davies, Peter & Charlotte Rhodes and Nathan Timothy.
An evocative preview of Project K – http://youtu.be/jk6tQLQefDo
‘Project K’ partner schools:
Meadowlane Primary School
Oak Field Primary School
Oakfield Primary School
Rumney Primary School
Springwood Primary School
Tai Education Centre
Trowbridge Primary School
Willowbrook Primary School
Windsor Clive Primary School
Ysgol Cymraeg Pwll Coch
Nathan Timothy Foundation ‘The Songwriting Charity’, 10 Whitehorse Mews, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7QD
To make a donation towards future Project K work, please click here
The Songwriting Charity has offices in Cambridge, Cheltenham and Dartford.
Company No. 7719125 Registered charity no. 1146228. Patron: Guy Fletcher OBE FRSA