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Free in-school Leeds Lieder music project for special schools

Leeds Music Education Partnership (LMEP) partner Leeds Lieder are offering free in-school music concerts and workshops to special schools and settings this June.

Leeds Lieder has been running free-to-school singing projects since 2005.  Now they invite the SILCs and Special Schools of Leeds to take part in an exciting next chapter!  They would like to establish a regular project tailored towards young people with special educational needs and disabilities.   This project would enable them to experience music that they might not otherwise hear and to engage with Leeds Lieder’s excellent team of artists.

Leeds Lieder is a classical song festival which brings some of the world’s finest singers and pianists to perform in Leeds every year.  Phil Wilcox, the Leeds Lieder Learning and Participation Manager, has developed this project and is offering special schools and settings one of the following:

45-minute Performance: an engaging and interactive recital of Lieder (classical song) given by two singers and a pianist. They would come into school and perform a selection of brilliant songs selected for their humour, story-telling, emotion and ability to capture an audience. This might be most suitable to a group of autistic pupils or those who have moderate to severe learning disabilities and PMLD/CMLN. They would be happy to incorporate any props/materials/instruments/parachutes/sensory items that you use in school and might even bring their own.


1.5 hr Workshop: based on our KS2 Discovering Lieder workshop, they would invite the children into the wonderful world of art song. They would perform songs for the group and then engage them in question and answer and interactive musical games before inviting them to write their very own verse to an Art Song. This might be most suitable for a group which communicates at around the KS2 level who perhaps already enjoy singing.

For more information and to book a place for your school, contact Phil Wilcox directly at phil@leedslieder.org.uk. If you would like to know more about Leeds Lieder projects, you can do so by visiting www.leedslieder.org.uk/learning.

Joanna Winster, ArtForms