World Voice training sessions offer teachers the chance to:
- Acquire skills they can use in their classrooms
- Learn creative ways to explore other countries and their cultures
- Be introduced to new repertoire, which teachers can use to support learning in music and the wider curriculum
- Learn to use singing to support the British Council Connecting Classrooms programme or to achieve an International School Award
- Explore the World Voice learning resources and how to use them effectively, including inspiration for an arts week, assemblies and school cluster projects
- Discover songs collected in World Voice countries such as India, Senegal, Jordan, Argentina and Chile
What Trainees Say
"A tremendous time … Jane and Ian were really fantastic tutors and we all gained so much from the session in terms of resources, songs and warm up routines."
– Ian Cooper, Norfolk Music Service
"Practical sessions were fun and interesting – Lin and Geth were excellent. Very useful to be introduced to World Voice."
– Primary School Teacher, Bristol
Our World Voice Singing Leaders
Owain Gethin Davies
In addition to holding his position as Head of Music at Ysgol Y Creuddyn Secondary School (North Wales) Geth has been successful as a choral conductor, receiving numerous prizes in the National Eisteddfodau and various other music festivals.
Christine has toured internationally as a singer and has worked in song, with all ages, in different ways with schools, choirs and community projects. She studied Voice at Central School of Speech and Drama, and was Scots Song tutor at National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music for almost a decade. She has a varied freelance life, including delivering songmaking and singing projects through her Ceilidhmakers brand, and teaching her arrangements of songs from a variety of traditions, to Community Choirs.
Lin has worked extensively in music education with all age groups. She has been an advisory teacher of music in Oxfordshire for over 10 years. As a composer she has written for BBC children’s programmes and was one of the national advocates for the Sing Up programme.
Jane brings her passion for singing and creativity through voice and a wealth of experience in Music education. Having implemented change through developing inspirational music programmes as Music Advisor for Newham and ARK Schools, she now runs her own small business, Living Song.
Ian has worked extensively in both primary and secondary schools, being Head of Music in two secondary schools. His children's choirs have won many prizes at music festivals. At present he directs, two Area Choirs for NYCoS and for the past two years the Junior Corps of the National Boys Choir of Scotland.
Richard Frostick, Artistic Director
Richard Frostick studied piano and singing at the Royal Academy of Music and is now acknowledged as one of the UK’s premier singing leaders. In London he is founder and director of two music centres that provide high quality tuition for 500 children and young people. In this role he has prepared young choirs for six BBC Prom concerts and for numerous performances on television and radio. He was also series consultant on the popular BBC1 series Play It Again. He now works across the country as a singing workshop leader and choral conductor.
Richard has a considerable international reputation, having worked on large-scale projects with major UK and other European orchestras in Portugal, Belgium and Croatia. Recently his work has taken him to Brazil, India and Bulgaria as part of International Voices, to Germany for the first ‘Yeah’ Festival, a celebration of European youth music, and to Dublin to work with the Kings Singers. In the run-up to the London Olympics he conducted Youth Music Voices in Hyde Park as part of the Jubilee Celebrations, in Trafalgar Square for River of Music, at the Royal Opera House, in Westminster Hall and at WOMAD.
He is now Artistic Director of the British Council’s ‘World Voice’ programme, one of the biggest and most ambitious international singing projects ever to have been initiated in the UK. In this role he recently returned to India and visited Senegal, Ethiopia, Argentina, Sudan and Jordan to lead workshops with pupils and teachers.
Richard’s books Sound Beginnings and, with songwriter Lin Marsh, Sound Bites are published by Faber Music.