DEVON LIFE Magazine by Alexis Bowater
It was a real honour to be included as a feature on local people in the January 2016 edition of DEVON LIFE Magazine. Photo by Matt Austin

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 Winter edition 2015

The Lost Sound were part of a Moor’s choir feature in the Dartmoor Magazine

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Saturday March 14th 2015

It was lovely to have a chat to Michael Chequer at Radio Devon about the HITS charity concert we put on.

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March 7th 2015

I was interviewed for The Plymouth Herald a while ago about how singing can help boost brain power.

The Lost Sound chorus can certainly test your brain! I think we are good for brain, body and soul!

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Lovely to be featured with The Lost Sound Chorus in the Sunday Western Morning News Feb 1st 2015

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And I was invited to write a light-hearted piece called ‘If I ruled the World’

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Military Wives

Sandra was really proud to be asked to coach Chivenor Military Wives choir – what a great bunch they are! Before too long she got a phone call from the Plymouth ladies too. Wonderful article in the Plymouth Herald Express.

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One Big Sing

One BIG Sing applied for help to fund a unique community singing project in Buckfastleigh, Devon.

We wanted to run a series of 10 Family singing workshops involving the immediate school community and wider community. We had already donated 10 weeks of time from the Lost Sound chorus kitty and the children were loving learning to sing.

1. Our aim was to create a unique community choir spanning 3 generations, with a special concert with this choir at the end of the project.

2. We wanted to help inspire, educate and support our local community in participating in new singing, performing and community building experiences. We thought this would build a better, more interactive community by having 3 generations of people singing together, working to the same outcome.

3.  We hoped to develop confidence and vocal and performance skills in people who would not normally join this kind of project.

Our final concert in April, saw the children of Buckfastleigh Primary school  singing with their parents and grandparents, their teachers and head teacher and community members (who weren’t directly associated with the school, and who had joined and supported the project.) We had 4 choirs represented. The Lost Sound Chorus – Buckfastleigh Community choir and members of Ashburton Singers as well as members of the local church choir. The age range of singers was from babies in arms (on stage with Mum singing) through to early 70’s (they wouldn’t say exactly!). In the audience it was noted by the Post Office owner, there were many more people who came to support the concert who didn’t have children/family at the school. The community had joined us for our big night! And what a night! We had the children as young as 5 leading their parents in a 5 part harmony song – ‘Let the Sunshine in.’ Singing the finale – Wild Mountain Thyme – in 4 part       harmony – with 50 children and about 50 adults too – the emotion and quality of sound that the singers produced, felt like we had turned back 100 years in one single moment.

Our huge thanks go to The Helen Foundation, Sing Up, Teignbridge Coucil, Buckfastleigh Council, The Devon Learning partnership forum (ATL, NASUWT, NUT, VOICE), Self Heal Association, Elan coaching and members of Coaching Connect who also held a collection for the project.

Without all of you we couldn’t have done it!

We were very well supported by Totnes Times and The Mid Devon Advertiser too

 

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Community Singing Project

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