A community choir that writes their own songs!

Ben, our Director of Programmes, is also the Project Manager for a brilliant initiative called the Dagenham Songwriters Choir (DSC). The DSC are holding a concert next Monday 9th July, at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, at 7PM, £3. Contact office@parsloes.bardaglea.org.uk for tickets and information.

Details on the event can be found below. Watch this space for further developments and initiatives based on this brilliant and engaging programme!

Songs written by young people from Parsloes Primary School in  Dagenham, rehearsed with singers from their community then performed to the public on 9th July at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, East London. 

Jo Joyner

Presenters on the night include Eastenders’ Jo Joyner who plays Tanya Branning. Jo says;  ‘The difference with this collective is that all of the songs the choir perform have been written by the children at the heart of the project. There’s no other choir that works quite like this. They give complete creative control to the kids, letting their imaginations run un-censored which means the children really own their work. It’s life-affirming stuff,  these children have the  power to amaze us with their talent. The songs will ‘speak’ to you like no other music can because this is truly their voice. I have been moved to tears by their musical and lyrical brilliance’.

Competition Winners
The DSC has won 2 UK wide Songwriting Competitions. The prize for one of the competitions was to perform at the Olympic Basketball arena, sharing the stage with Cover Drive at the closing ceremony of the School Games in May. The second win means that one of the DSC’s songs will be released on a compilation CD for the UK Sports Council.

Sir Paul Grant

Sir Paul Grant, knighted for his services to education and Head at Robert Clack has praised the programme, saying:

‘I am delighted with the progress of the Dagenham Songwriters Choir…. Younger boys will be able to work with and see older boys singing without inhibition and with confidence.  The Dagenham Songwriters Choir is also an excellent example of collaboration between Primary and Secondary schools in Barking & Dagenham. I am very grateful to Karen Deville’s outstanding leadership and to my own music teachers for the incredible amount of effort they are putting into this important initiative.’

TOWN SHOW

The Choir have also been invited to perform as part of the Barking & Dagenham Town show to welcome in the Olympic torch on the 21st/22nd July.

Background

The Dagenham Songwriters Choir is an ambitious new community project bringing together local people to celebrate the work of the Parsloes songwriters through choral singing. This concert is the launch event for the project as we are delighted to announce that we will be continuing the work next year, involving more schools. musicians and adult groups.

The songwriting core of the choir is made up of 9 – 11 year olds from Parsloes Primary School. They come together once a week and workshop ideas at an after school club at Parsloes, writing songs about the things they want to write songs about, and crafting them into shape with the help of our deputy head Mrs Karen Deville, professional singer-songwriter, Ben O’Sullivan & professional music producer Toby Mclaren. The workshops take many forms, from group songwriting or ‘lyric-Jam’ sessions with 40 people in the main hall, to small group sessions on iPads developing the inspired work of individuals.  The songs are then taken to the wider choir for the finishing touches and the magical addition of choral harmony.

The complete ensemble includes students from Hunters Hall Primary School, Sydney Russel and Robert Clack Secondary Schools, community adults and promising young musicians, all coming together to produce a performance of the highest standard for all to enjoy.

In reflecting on the impact of the choir at the heart of the project,  Aedin Lipski, Head teacher at Parsloes says ‘One of the initial aims in setting up this choir was to engage, inspire and motivate particular groups of pupils who would never before have put themselves forward for a choir, for a variety of different reasons, mostly linked to confidence and self esteem. For the original core group of pupils from Parsloes Primary School who started on this journey in June 2011, this unique opportunity to perform songs they have written has given them a voice and raised levels of confidence which has permeated and impacted positively on other aspects of their school life. The dedication, enthusiasm, and creativity of those who are leading this unique choir is a key factor in these improved outcomes for our pupils.

All press enquiries to benosullivan@mac.com

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Songwriting Charity and Skoogmusic celebrate UK Inspire Day at Hackney Special School

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Songwriting Charity and Skoogmusic celebrate UK Inspire Day at Hackney Special School

Downsview School in Hackney will join in the UK Inspire Day celebrations by working with The Songwriting Charity and Skoogmusic to create an original song for the Hackney School’s Sports Championships in July.

UK Inspire Day is a celebration of the London 2012 Inspire programme – a family of over 2,700 projects across the UK that have been inspired by the Games to do something special in their local communities.

Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: ‘UK Inspire Day is a celebration of the Inspire programme and more than 2700 exceptional projects like the Songwriting Charity’s Songwriting Marathon whose events and celebrations this summer will bring the UK to life.’

The Songwriting Charity’s Songwriting Marathon is one of the exceptional projects to have been awarded the coveted Inspire mark and become part of the London 2012 Inspire programme that has already given 10 million people across the UK an opportunity to join in with Games-inspired activity and try something new.

Nathan Timothy, CEO of the Songwriting Charity said: “I am delighted to announce that we are working in partnership with Skoogmusic at Downsview School on UK Inspire Day. Skoogmusic and our charity share a vision to empower all young people through the art and craft of songwriting. And the Skoog is an amazing instrument to behold.”

Nathan added: “We’ve worked with over 1000 children since we started the Songwriting Charity and now that Skoogmusic is in the creative process, we’re excited at how we can really encourage and empower all children to make music.”

Dr Ben Schögler, Creative Director of Skoogmusic Ltd said: “We are really thrilled to be working with the Songwriting Charity on this wonderful project. At Skoogmusic we believe in ‘music for everyone’ and more importantly that everyone has the right to make their own music.”

“The opportunity the Skoog offers for including all children in actively making music is unique. We hope we will be able to help more children, particularly those with disabilities or additional support needs, through the art and craft of songwriting.”

Aneurin Wood, Principal Equalities & Disability Inclusion Officer at The Learning Trust said: “I am delighted that the pupils from Downsview have the opportunity to play an active role in the Hackney Schools’ Sports Championships by composing the official anthem of the Hackney Schools’ Sports Championships”

Notes to editors 

Nathan Timothy Foundation – the Songwriting Charity

We are the number one charity in the world dedicated to the empowerment of youth through the art and craft of songwriting. The work of the Songwriting Charity, addresses the emotional health and wellbeing of children using songwriting and music technology. The Songwriting Charity formed in 2011, based in London, Cambridge and Gloucestershire.

About the London 2012 Inspire Programme Songwriting Marathon

26 songs recorded in 26 schools, in the spring/summer terms of 2012. A world class London 2012 themed anthem is written and performed by a class of children in a primary, secondary or SEN school.  The children’s anthem is recorded and ready to share with the world at the end of an exciting one-day workshop.

The Songwriting Charity is a wellbeing charity, formed in July 2011 and working across the country delivering songwriting workshops designed to boost the self esteem, confidence and participation of children and young people using songwriting and music technology.

Contact details: John Quinn, Director of Engagement, Nathan Timothy Foundation, on 07950 022009 or emailImage john@songwritingcharity.org

About Skoogmusic Ltd: Skoogmusic Ltd was founded in 2007 by Dr’s Ben Schogler and David Skulina.

The company is the commercial result of the NESTA ‘new instrument’ project lead by Professor Nigel Osborne. Skoog is a radically simple, all-new musical instrument that gets more people playing music, particularly disabled children.

For more information – Contact Ben or David on 0131 554 2838 / ben@skoogmusic.com david@skoogmusic.com

About The Learning Trust:

For more information and photography, contact Steve Ebert, Corporate Communications Manager, The Learning Trust, 020 8820 7474

The Learning Trust took over the responsibility for education in Hackney from Hackney Council on Thursday 1 August 2002. The Learning Trust is responsible for the education of over 26,000 children in 75 schools. For further information visit The Learning Trust website at www.learningtrust.co.uk

“All Your Love” – my rescue remedy

Jason, words fail us……. thank you for this………….

In 1998 I fell ill with a mystery illness that robbed me of the love of my life – music. For two years I suffered badly with fatigue, muscle aches and bad dizziness. When I was finally diagnosed with ME I could hardly stand listening to music. It disorientated me. It made my head spin. Music, my consolation, my invigorator, my passion was causing me pain. Listening to music would make me feel really ill. So, what did I do? I stopped listening to it.

Now, this is a guy who from the age of 3 owned a casette player (ask your parents), rifled through his parent’s LPs (again, ask your parents) and bashed away on a dodgy old acoustic guitar every hour of every day. Music was in my blood. Certain songs were like bookmarks in my life. If I heard a certain tune it would help me re-live a moment from my past, would transport me to a place and time or would dig up some old emotions. Music was my mistress, my passion and she was a good mistress. I feel that music enriched my life and was in some cases the glue that bound me to other people – a shared love of music was the basis for my teenage friendships, which coincidentally have lasted the ravages of time and survive to this day.But one day I put on a CD and had to turn it off straight away. Listening to music hurt my head. And as for playing it! That was even worse. At times the fatigue was so bad that I couldn’t even pick up my guitar, let alone play it. For two years I struggled with my mistress. She was cruel to me and wouldn’t soothe me the way she used to. Elvis’s voice would jar in my ears. Duke Ellington would sound like a train hammering through my head. Even good old Eric Clapton’s guitar screamed inside my skull. Eventually I gave up and stopped trying to please my mistress. I stopped playing guitar, stopped singing and stopped listening to music. The only musical sound I heard was the beep of the supermarket checkout. Music and I had officially divorced. We had to go our separate ways.

So for six months I forgot about the cotchets, the quavers, the power chords, the pizzicato and the scat. I had said goodbye to dub, reggae, grunge, rockabilly, waltzes and arias. My head was calm, but deep within me was a growing void. I was living a life without music, and to be honest, life was looking pretty grey. But at least I was feeling well.

Then, one day, a day that is really clear in my mind I found an old CD copy of the Bluesbreakers album. You know, the Beano album. The one that Eric Clapton made with John Mayall, Hughie Flint and John McVie in 1966. And so, being in a reasonably good mood, feeling less ill than I had I slid it gently into the CD player, turned the volume down and pressed play. I held my breath slightly as the CD sped up, whizzing into a hiss as the laser scanned the disk; and then it happened.

It just happened. Like the sweetest kiss from a long lost lover. Clapton’s guitar belting out the intro to “All Your Love”, the old Willy Dixon/Otis Rush song just washed over me. And it was bliss! Shivers raced up and down my spine. My head was full of colours, shapes and words as Clapton’s playing began to fill me up with emotion. I was shaking with emotion as the sounds, the vibrato and the rhythm got inside me. I closed my eyes and let that wonderous sound wash over me. Clapton pouring out his emotion through his guitar, poured into me and filled me up. Yes, I shed a tear, I’m not ashamed to say, but they were tears of joy. My lover had come back and was being as tender and as loving as she always used to be. And somehow, having lost her, her return was all the more special and the effect she had on me was even more profound than before. That day I played that track over and over and over. It felt good. No, that’s rubbish…it felt right, as if someone had finally replaced something vital that had gone missing.

And I am pleased to say that she’s never left me since. My ME has gone totally. Even in times of great stress my music is there to console me, make me strong and help me through. She’s also there to join me in times of celebration. Whilst music isn’t my life, I know she will always be there for me and as I prepare for my wedding next year I know music’s going to be a big part of the day.

To all those amazing people that put pen to paper, finger to key, foot to pedal and pick to string and create this powerful force that we call songs I slaute you and thank you. From the bottom of my soul, without your work and dedication my life would be less. Keep rocking, keep writing and keep performing. What you do makes the lives of people like me even better.

And for those of you with a talent, don’t keep it for yourselves. Share it. You never know, you just might touch someone deep inside.

Jason Martin runs a Folkestone-based social enterprise called CAP Enterprise (Kent) cic that aims to be a driving force in growing social enterprise activity in Kent. Having spent the early part of his career in the private sector Jason decided in 2000 to transfer his business development skills into working in the third sector. Since then he has developed a reputation for giving invaluable, practical business support and guidance to people with ideas for new businesses, social enterprises and community projects. In his very limited spare time Jason plays guitar, sings and takes part in triathlons – but not all at the same time.

There is no plan B

We are very lucky to have Tony Moore as our Guest Blogger this week! Tony’s background in the music industry has been eclectic and diverse to say the least. The first band he joined was (the then unknown) Iron Maiden. He eventually left because he knew they would never make it. He then began working with Brian James (from The Damned) releasing a single on RADAR records and touring in support to Black Sabbath and The Stranglers before moving on to join a progressive rock band called England. In the early 80s he formed his own group called Radio Java and made an album at Abbey Road Studios that spawned a number one hit single in Holland before disbanding after the label closed down.

1986 Tony was invited to play keyboards with a new band called Cutting Crew who then went on to have a massive world wide hit with the classic “I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight”. For two more years he toured the world and recorded with the band until it felt time to move on, at which point he signed a solo deal with a small independent label in London. He released one single to critical acclaim (including airplay from Bob Harris) before joining forces with Argentine singer/songwriter Marie Claire D’ubaldo. He co-wrote and co-produced tracks for her debut album on Polydor records that sold over 250,000 worldwide.

1997 Tony established the legendary Kashmir Klub in London. The formula of providing an incredible sound system, sourcing the best of emerging and established artists, hosting the show – like live TV – and getting everyone to perform in an acoustic and “back to basics” format, quickly made the Klub into one of the most important and compelling venues in London.

Over its seven year history Tony introduced debut London performances from Damien Rice, Tom Baxter, Lucie Silvas, KT Tunstall as well as unannounced sets from Sheryl Crow, Dave Stewart, Fleetwood Mac, Nik Kershaw, and many more. The Kashmir closed in 2003 after the building was re-developed.

July 2003 He took over running and booking all the music at The Bedford in Balham. The venue, under his musical stewardship, has grown into an award winning location. In 2004 it won Best Pub in the country, it has twice won the best pub and club award as well as the Evening Standard pub of the year.

For the last eighteen months Tony has also co-presented an overnight show on BBC London 94.9fm where he has brought live music guests into the studio and championed the cause of new talent to an ever growing audience, establishing a persuasive platform to experience the very best musical creativity around.

2004 Tony Moore was made the sole Inductee into the MMF (Music Managers Forum) Roll of Honour for outstanding contribution to the British Music Industry.

Thank you Tony. The Songwriting Charity salutes you!

Reblogged with permission From the world of Moore

There is no plan B

This is it………..Life……….

All we each have is just one (relatively) short life made up of a series of fleeting, chronologically connected moments, and during those moments, some stuff happens. That’s it, nothing more and nothing less, we are all surfers on a sea of stuff. However it is the quality of the stuff that happens that determines the quality of life we experience.

So, much of the “stuff of life” is determined by the decisions we make, and the decisions we make are a fundamental action mirroring the beliefs we hold.

Furthermore, it’s possible to distil pretty much all decisions down into two categories, those made in fear and those made in faith. Most of us default to fear based decision making, we cling on to relationships because we “fear” that we might not find another partner, we struggle to maintain the status quo because fear of the unknown paralysis’s us. Yet the irony of letting go of fear and making decisions based on faith is that the unknown actually BRINGS things to you that you could never have dreamed of achieving nor would you have actually had if still acting in fear.

Acting on faith could also be expressed as “making a commitment” to something, and as soon as you make a commitment in life, unseen forces come into play to help you. It is the very act of belief that allows the Universe to arrange these things to make a difference for you. Don’t just take my (rather new age) word for it. Think about all the wonderful opportunities you may have had through the act of accepting something on faith value (pun definitely intended)

We musicians HAVE to act in faith, constantly and passionately because that is ALL WE HAVE. Without faith in our selves, faith in our talent and faith in our dreams there would be no music in the world, no stars to fuel the “business” of music in fact there wouldn’t be much of a business at all.

What sets us creatives apart from everyone else is the dogged determination to try and succeed in a world where there are no guarantees and even less opportunities (if you can get less than zero!).

In order to reach for the stars we have to let go of all harnesses and safety nets and we have to put ourselves out there. Out in the rarefied atmosphere where others fear to fly.

At the beginning of our careers no one believes in us, even close friends and family are often unable to see beyond the blinkered views they have of how life should be lived. The ability to foresee the (potential) future, to have true vision and know where an artist can go and how much they can achieve is a rare and precious quality and very few people posses it.

Most of us know the modern folklore story that Decca Records rejected The Beatles, saying that “guitar groups are on the way out” and “the Beatles have no future in show business”

What would our world be like now if they had listened and given up, if they had let go of their faith and decided to get “proper” jobs because they feared that Decca maybe right.

This, of course, is not an isolated case, there really isn’t a single super star today who hasn’t had ritual rejection at every stage of their early careers. Prince was turned down by labels in New York, Billy Joel was ripped off and nearly committed suicide, Elton John was about to be dropped after two albums on his publishers label if it hadn’t been for a believer in the USA, in Los Angeles to be precise, who begged for Elton to come and play a show in town so he could share his enthusiasm for the artist with a room full of highly influential people, who agreed and the rest became history.

The real truth is that in order to be an artist at the highest level ( and we are assuming that talent, songs, voice and stage presence are already part of the picture) we have to be so focused, so determined, so driven that nothing else must dilute or distract this energy and momentum.

It is nigh on impossible to do all this and have a plan B, because that simply sabotages your mind, based on the fact that you have “something to fall back on” – When it is ALL or NOTHING – when success is the ONLY option, then we bring something deeper and more powerful to the table. If we HAVE to succeed to survive, it marshals our thoughts and sharpens our animal cunning. Now all we have is our talent and our self belief as weapons to beat our way through the jungle and find the safety of financial security through our own skills and creativity.

For most musicians as well as great achievers and entrepreneurs, their heart tells them what to do. Their head collates the thoughts and organises their plan of attack, but their gut instinct powers them forward. For many, they know that college and higher education is not only a waste of time (they don’t have a plan B) but it is also a negative drain on their positive energy, to be stuck in an environment they don’t want to be in (and often hate). They prefer to get on and do it, to live in the moment and to embrace the challenges.

Bob Lefsetz is a renowned music industry commentator whose regular newsletters not only shoot from the hip with brutal honesty, but he strives to offer alternatives, examples and stories of those who have gone their own way ( thank you Fleetwood Mac) and created success.

Here is an extract from one of his newsletters:

“I want you to read this story by Michael Ellsberg from Sunday’s “New York Times”:

Will Dropouts Save America?

it says what I already know, college is bullshit.

Oh, I learned a bit in college, but almost none of it was in the classroom. When I go to the east coast, where they care about such things, I can whip out the name of my alma mater, but Middlebury did its best to strip away my creativity, wanted me to be like them, part of the establishment, the great fabric of this country.

What a bunch of b.s.

In order to make it in music you’ve got to conjure up ideas out of thin air. Not only as an artist, but as a businessman too.”

I know I may be controversial here, but those of you who know me will be aware of many of the things I have done in my life, and none of that came with an education behind me. I left school to make music and I have an exciting, eclectic and beautifully fulfilling career ever since.

I am even on the faculty of The Institute (www.icmp.co.uk) and have been for 3 years as a lecturer, not bad for someone with a couple of O levels.

Don’t get me wrong, for many people qualifications, degrees and awards are important, not only to their chosen career path but also for their personal satisfaction, However, for the (above) average musician and creator, we have to just get on with it and MAKE our own luck, our own future our own success.

It  is often easy to equate a lack of income and educational standards as meaning that you are not going to be successful and that you should get a job, but we don’t live by those simplified rules.

The musicians who tried and didn’t succeed and realised that their talents ( and future) lay in other directions, that they had had their moment and ( for the most case) are happy in their lives, because THEY TRIED.

Because, if you never try, if you listen to those who would talk you out of your dreams and offer you conformity instead,then you may lose something so precious and valuable.

Bryan Adams left school at 15 to join a band and go on the road. He knew what he wanted, he knew that he had to just do it ( as Nike might advise)

Here is a letter that Bryan Adams wrote to Bob Lefsetz

“Hi Bob,
Thanks for the generous tribute, very kind.
I wrote ‘Straight From The Heart” and “I’m Ready” in 1978 when I was 18, (“I’m Ready” was written with Jim Vallance)
I spent hours on a piano that i’d bought from savings my parents had put aside for my education, just trying to figure out chords and arpeggios. It was good fun and the result was a few decent songs which I still play today.
Back then I was looking for a foot in the door, and I knew that songs were the only way in, Jim would lend me bus fare so we could meet up and write.
The result eventually was I signed an extraordinarily poor deal on the premise that I would get myself heard and our songs would get released.
Years later, after the platinum success of “Cuts Like A Knife” which you revere in your email, my royalty statement was next to zero.
This was due to my paying back the record company for the three records I’d made in three years on a very low royalty, plus paying for some tour support which Bruce Allen my manager had arranged they contribute to.
Being skint and undeterred is one of the beauties of youth, I was doing what I wanted and I could see the possibilities out there if we kept at it. I had resigned myself to the fact that If we were able to write a few more decent songs, we’d work the business out later and luckily…the songs kept coming.
Your friend,
bryan”

There is no shame in his story, he didn’t feel any lack of dignity for not having any money, for having to BORROW the bus money from his co-writer…he just believed, threw himself into his career.

I have worked for many years supporting – encouraging and offering opportunities to new artists. I like to think that my instinct for those with magical potential has been recognised many times as I am proud to have been right at the beginning with artists like Damien Rice, KT Tunstall, Imogen Heap, The Feeling, Tom Baxter, Paolo Nutini, James Morrison, Newton Faulkner, Ed Sheeran and happening right now, a new band called The Dunwells.

Many of you already know much of this story, but in essence, after a year or so mentoring a band that I believed in from the moment I saw them, who I had absolute faith in that they would one day be massive, I told them that they had to come to Memphis where I wanted them to take part in a music conference called Folk Alliance. I knew they had to come, because they were so good that I was convinced something would happen because of it. Once again, no guarantees , but my faith was unshakeable..

This band had to fight and struggle and beg to get the enormous amount of money needed to fly to the USA and stay there a week. The generosity of friends, family and fans allowed them to make their dreams come true – and on the back of that trip a deal was signed a record made and, just a few weeks ago, a critically acclaimed debut tour of the states made…

If they had all been working in day jobs, this could never have happened for them – but they had made a commitment, they had laid it on the line – they had FAITH..and of course, no Plan B!

So…I encourage you to follow your hearts, enjoy every second of your lives and not to worry about those who discourage, criticise or are unable to see your true potential. they mean well, and they don’t want you to struggle in life…But it is the struggle that creates the friction that ignites the fire in our bellies to succeed – without heat there is no work and without work there is no life ( second law of thermodynamics, more or less)…

There was no Plan B for Bryan Adams, and so Plan A became the only option…helluva a Plan A, Eh?

What is your plan A? – Make it so ! ( thanks Captain Luc Picard who was boldly/baldly going where no man had gone before – it’s all about faith, innit !)

Reasons to be cheerful …. two

Imagine our surprise and excitement to wake up one morning and find a very public gift on our social media doorstep! Bea and Andy Marshall are the Web Design Family and run the wonderful and highly regarded web design studio called Moogaloo. Moogaloo have pledged 10% of their turnover to support our work. In one word, amazing! Such an exciting level of engagement and opportunity beckons. One look at their own website (see screen grab above) and you begin to appreciate why they’re special. After you read their guest blog below, experience the delights of their home page and savour the kind of web design journey they will take you on!

What does this kind of support mean to us? We’re a small charity and support like this can literally make all the difference, enabling us to deliver work in areas we haven’t been to yet, reaching even more children who are disadvantaged in some way, are being bullied or are nervous about transitioning from primary to secondary school. We can equip ourselves with specialist equipment such as SoundBeam or a couple of iPod Touches that we can use in our workshops with children with Special Educational Needs. The charity is also of the size where such injections of support filter right on through to the frontline. Every penny and every pound helps us deliver.

Bea & Andy, we send you much love and appreciation. Thank you for your openness, tribute and support.

“Isn’t it wonderful when you come across something that puts a smile on your face?  A thing which is a joy to explore. One of those moments in life when you remember that people really are good and, armed with creativity, can bring about transformation.

This is how we, at Moogaloo, felt when we discovered the Nathan Timothy Foundation.  There is so much passion behind the work of this charity and it excites us that their shared passion is working towards the emotional health and well-being of children.

Moogaloo is run by Andy and Bea Marshall.  We are a Web Design Family and we seek to create websites that customers enjoy visiting.  We know that when creativity and strategy come together all manner of things can transform.  This is how we go about designing and making such visually stunning and effective websites.

From the age of 11, Bea was bullied for several years while at school.  The bullying got so bad that one day she found herself crying at the top of the multi-storey car park getting ready to jump.  Fortunately the security guards for the car park heard Bea crying and rescued her.  After that the school took the bullying more seriously but the damage from bullying takes a long time to heal.

We believe that children should have every opportunity available to feel empowered in their sense of self worth and in their relationship with one another.  The video on the Nathan Timothy website shows just how powerful this way of working with children is.  We have been inspired by the testimonials of staff, parents and children themselves, showing the incredible impact this project is having already.  We want to be part of all of this and that is why we are giving 10% of our turnover to The Nathan Timothy Foundation.  We believe that it can make a difference and that difference can last a lifetime.”

Britain’s Got Talent

It seems every week, every Monday at least, is destined to be an exciting and thoroughly entertaining one. Our leader NT has been formerly recognised by the MBA students at the Kent Business School as Sir Nathan Timothy… quite right too! The man delivered another solo masterclass in recycling rhythm and rhyme with the 2011cohort and next generation of sharp-minded and business savvy investment bankers and hedge-funders! Considering these guys had very little time to ‘gel’ and form a bond, they were thrown in the mix and came out the other side, compact, lean, smiling, full of beans you might say and ready to take on the world! Listen to their track via our SoundCloud link: http://soundcloud.com/the-songwriting-charity/kent-business-school-250911

Mind you, every songwriting charity workshop goes this well, each one being pure magic and perhaps those in charge of music education policy and practice should take a closer look at the magical ingredients; genuine enthusiasm, knowledge, technical skill, people skills, can-do attitude (you can always create something out of nothing), energy and an unwavering commitment to those that you work with and teach that is honoured. The students at KBS had their very own Sir Nathan Timothy guiding them, letting them rip up the rule book, embrace creativity and expression with abandon – in three hours!

What’s my point…. oh yes, Britain’s Got Talent alright, not just at the Songwriting Charity, but within every individual we work with, school, college, university, no matter the background, skills, experience, technical know how – regardless. The catalyst, change agent, whatever, is the workshop and the talented Sir Timothy and Mr O’Sullivan Esq. mixed in with a little self belief!

2011/2012 is shaping up well for the Songwriting Charity. Our website is live, people are talking about us, commenting about our work and picking the up the phone to speak with us. Ducks in a row and all that…… and like I’ve blogged before, we haven’t really started yet!

If you’d like to experience a little Songwriting Charity magic in your school, college or university, then visit our website http://nathantimothyfoundation.org and go to Programmes to see what we have to offer.

Thanks for stopping by!

John

The D of E at the NTF

john@songwritingcharity.org

@NTFoundation