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Big Sing 2020

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By: Office | Featured Schools, Projects, Schools, Singing | October 22, 2019

We are now accepting applications for the highly popular Big Sing project for 2020!

The event will take place on Wednesday 17th June 2020 at the University of Worcester Arena. The event tends to get booked up quickly, so be sure to apply early to avoid disappointment. The final deadline for applications is Monday 13th January 2020.

The Big Sing is a fabulous event, where pupils gather from around the county to sing prepared pieces as part of an exciting interactive performance. The event is for Key Stage 2, from year 3 upwards.

We are pleased to announce that we will be inviting parents/carers of the performers to this event. Further details will follow at a later date.


In June 2020 the event will be led by world renowned singing leaders, Ula Weber and Suzzie Vango.

About Ula Weber

A former “Outstanding” (Ofsted 2004) primary school teacher, Ula is a leading conductor, teacher trainer and workshop leader, whose work has taken her around the UK and as far afield as Hong Kong, Uganda, Ukraine, Thailand, China and New Zealand.

Ula is an expert in developing choral and classroom singing and has delivered singing strategies for Sandwell and Dudley Music Hubs. She has had a number of songs and arrangements published and is the co-founder of music education organisation Vocal.Point. Ula sings with the renowned choir Ex Cathedra and is one of their lead education vocal tutors. She co-created Ex Cathedra Education’s internationally acclaimed and award-winning Singing Playgrounds project.

A trained choral conductor, Ula currently conducts CBSO SO Vocal (a 200-strong community choir run by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), the HSBC Choir in Birmingham and the Birmingham City Council Choir (as featured in the 2013 BBC2 programme ‘The Choir’, with Gareth Malone). She is the founder and Musical Director of Echo Doliny (The National Polish folk choir) and the National Teachers’ Choir. Most recently Ula has been appointed conductor of the CBSO Children’s Chorus.

As Head of Events for the National Choral Organisation, Sing for Pleasure (SfP), Ula organises conducting and singing courses across the UK and abroad. She regularly tutors on SfP conductor training courses and is Course Director for their annual Summer School.

Ula guest conducts at national and international events and is regularly invited to lead singing, training, and corporate workshops for choirs and organisations including ABCD, BBC, G4S, Glyndebourne, NYCOS, Music Mark, Sing Up, Sistema Scotland, the UK Choir Festival and numerous Music Hubs across the UK.

About Suzzie Vango

Passionate about the arts and education, Suzzie’s high-energy vocal workshops have gained her an international reputation as a vocal leader, working with singers of all ages across the UK, Asia, the USA, the UAE and Africa.  In demand as a chorus master, director and voice coach she conducts the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain, Polymnia, Orchestra of the Swan Chamber Choir, Ex Cathedra Girls Academy and has been a guest conductor for ensembles including: Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir, Manchester Chamber Choir and the CBSO Children’s Chorus.

Suzzie is Head of Vocal Studies at Bromsgrove School, Schools Programme Leader for Music of Life Foundation working with children with disabilities, choir leader for Workplace Choir Company and a vocal tutor for Ex Cathedra Education, where her own compositions have featured in their education resources, “SingMaker”. International highlights include trips to America, Uganda, Singapore, China and Thailand. In addition to her work for the Middle East Choir of the Year, Suzzie has just returned from Dubai where she was leading choral workshops for the NLCS Arts Festival.

As an established soprano, Suzzie has performed and recorded with some of the UK’s finest choirs and directs and performs in her own critically acclaimed, all-female, a cappella ensemble Papagena who were featured on BBC Radio 3 & 4 with their debut album, The Darkest Midnight reaching  #1 in the Amazon Download Charts in 2018.

Possible songs:

Kalinka (Russia – Sing Up)

El Cumbacero (Cuba – Junior Voiceworks book 2)

Szła Dzieweczka (Traditional Polish)

Mi Caballo Blanco (Traditional Chilean)

The final list of songs will be confirmed once applications are accepted. All resources will be provided after the CPD Session on 4th March 2020.

CPD Event – 4th March 2020

School staff are invited to attend a CPD event on 4th March 2020, led by Ula Weber, where she will go through the music and offer tips to get the most out of the event.

This will take place at  Severn Arts Headquarters.

Places are priced at £30 per attendee and can be booked via the application form below.


Taking photographs of the event has been an issue in previous years, with pupils who are not able to be photographed being seated in areas where we, the University and other schools may wish to take photos to celebrate what is a thoroughly joyful day. Rather than segregate pupils who cannot be photographed, which can make them feel self conscious and left out, the decision has been made this year to do this by school. If you have any pupils attending who may not be photographed for whatever reason, we ask that you indicate this on your application form and you will be seated in a section of the auditorium which everyone attending will be instructed not to photograph.

Thank you for your understanding.

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