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Robert Poulton Foundation

Published Wednesday 8th of July 2015 10:58:28 AM

The Robert Poulton Foundation exists to honour the memory of a leading operatic baritone who was tragically killed in 2012. It aims to share and ignite a love of singing and embrace its ability to change lives for the better. There was a time when singing played a very important role in every primary school in the land. Successive cuts to music service budgets, together with an extremely crowded National Curriculum have resulted in decreased time and value for what is the most elemental and instinctive form of music making, which fundamentally helps underpin and maintain wellbeing and happiness. We believe that all children have a right to good quality singing provision. Sing It! is our education project. Devised by composer Martin Neill, it is a four year scheme which starts in Year 3. We aim to provide participating schools with a specialist practitioner, who will give each class a 30 minute session per week, where together they will explore the joy of singing. Our aim is to reflect as many different styles and traditions as possible, allowing children to explore their voices in a variety of ways. In Martin’s words, “One of the reasons I love to compose for children is seeing the pure joy on their faces as they discover something new, laugh at an amusing lyric, or close their eyes as they lose themselves in the emotion of the song. For me, the sound of children singing with enthusiasm is always a thrill.” We are now actively looking for schools wishing to participate in this exciting new scheme. Please contact us: www.robertpoultonfoundation.org.uk or by emailphilippa@robertpoultonfoundation.org.uk

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