Two ways of working with Kilter. One: young people in creative writing workshops to celebrate the unsung things in their lives. Two: adults singing the unsung – in one-off specials or a series of rehearsals!
“I don’t know how I can do this justice. The children loved getting involved with Kilter and Unsung. They enjoyed composing lyrics but their mouths fell open when the Choir came to school and performed! The parents loved it too and we are keen to use the songs in the future at other events. Olly is lovely to work with, sympathetic and understanding of a busy school schedule – he is most adept at capturing pupil voice and a child’s view of the world and of their community. This was good value for money and it is great that we have a legacy of this time in the children’s lives.” Head Teacher, St Andrews School, Bath
Children and young people find it incredibly rewarding to hear their words set to music by a professional composer and sung by an attentive adult community choir. Over the course of 3-5 hours Kilter runs workshops that celebrate community, citizenship, identity, distinctiveness and childhood… and the result is a one-off song! Kilter then works with a separate adult choir (perhaps made up of parents, teachers, other community groups!) to rehearse the song for performance. When the choir comes to share the song with the young lyricists, the result is a magical, harmonious, virtuous circle.
Adults love to sing! And don’t always have enough opportunities to do so. Kilter works with existing community choirs, sharing our brand new songs for world premiere performances… in school assemblies, festivals, concerts and even the Bath International Music Festival.
We also love creating choirs from scratch. Kilter’s Musical Directors have produced a capella harmonies from the most unlikely work-colleagues, sports teams and church groups. Invariably, once the Unsung performance has taken place and the children have heard their work given such a sincere treatment by the new choristers, the choirs tend to want to continue singing together forever!
If you’d like to book a workshop for young people, get hold of some Unsung songs for your choir or form a new choir under Kilter’s leadership, get in touch.