As part of The Big Sing 2022, 8 Worcestershire schools took part in song writing or visual art workshops with a professional creative practitioner, directly and creatively responding to the theme of the Queen’s Jubilee.

Song-writing workshops

Pupils worked with musician and composer Helen Lyon to create a brand new song for the Jubilee. Across two workshops in four different schools, Helen guided pupils through the art of song-writing and composition, exploring the theme of the Jubilee, and developing pupils’ own creative ideas, performance skills and awareness of musical terminology and composition.

Using the lyrics and composition ideas developed in these workshops, Helen then arranged Red Arrows, one original song with accompanying score, for schools across Worcestershire to learn and perform at The Big Sing event on the 16 June 2022.

Participating schools:

St Kenelm’s C of E Primary School
Astwood Bank Primary School
Bishop Perowne C of E College
Welland Primary School

Visual art workshops

Artist Sarah Brown worked with four Worcestershire schools to introduce pupils to the art of glass engraving. Inspired by the song Red Arrows, created by composer Helen Lyon and pupils from Worcestershire for the Jubilee, Sarah guided pupils through the process of creating original and imaginative art work in response to the song. The workshops encouraged pupils to explore their own creative ideas around the theme of the Jubilee and developed their awareness of a new art form.

Pupils engraved a number of glass discs with their own, original designs, all of which were carefully connected to form a large-scale glass curtain for exhibition at The Big Sing event on the 16 June 2022 at Worcester Arena.

Participating schools:

St George’s Catholic Primary School
Perry Wood Primary School
Crowle First School
Abbey Park Middle School