Welsh children CânSing

Welsh school children CânSing

More than eighty children from across Wales sang together at the Millennium Centre, Cardiff, to celebrate the launch of an exciting, new singing programme.

CânSing is an initiative funded by the Welsh Assembly Government which gives young children more opportunities to sing at school, both as part of activities within the curriculum as well as out of lesson time. 

Staff and pupils from Ysgol Glantaf (Cardiff), Custom House Lane and Southdown Primaries (Flintshire) and Ysgol Heol Goffa Special School (Llanelli) performed some of the CânSing repertoire during the event, including CânSing’s bilingual signature song ‘Sing Out Loud’, which has been composed especially for the programme (music by Einion Dafydd, lyrics by Cefin Roberts).

Visit our Flickr photostream to view lots of photos of the children singing.

They were joined by Tim Rhys Evans and Aled Powys Williams of Only Men Aloud, Welsh rapper Ed Holden a.k.a Mr Formula, and singer/actress Elin Llwyd (Pobl y Cwm). 

Elin is one of a team of five CânSing Animateurs who have been working with teachers and children from schools across six local authorities in the pilot phase of the programme. CânSing is now going to be rolled out across Wales, with the remaining counties being offered the chance to participate during this school year. 

The CânSing toolkit was launched at the event. The toolkit contains a guide to teaching singing, song support sheets and a CD of twenty songs which can be used both in the classroom and beyond.

The CânSing website contains further online resources to support delivery of this innovative singing programme, including downloadable lyrics and scores of songs, audio tracks, ‘interactive screens’ and warm up exercises. All of these can be found at: www.cansing.org.uk

ContinYou Cymru are managing the initiative which, in addition to raising the standard of singing in school, also aims to aid pupils’ transition from primary to secondary school and link to out-of-school-hours learning (oshl) and community focused schools development.

Suzanne Barnes who manages the project on behalf of ContinYou said: ‘We’re delighted to be managing this exciting piece of work. CânSing represents a vital investment in both our history and in our future Wales as the ‘land of song’.

Speaking at the launch event Tim Rhys Evans, Choral Director of Only Men Aloud said that ‘I was lucky enough to be brought up in a family that sang but not all do. Investing in the voices of children in Wales is imperative and I am happy to support CânSing’.

The event took place at the Glanfa Stage, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff on Thursday, 30 September 2010.

Visit the ContinYou Cymru website for more information about our work in Wales and the CânSing project.

School children singing during the CanSing event

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