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SONG-WRITING WORKSHOP 17th October 2015
A workshop run by Apollo Youth Choir to enable young singers aged 6-16 to compose their own songs and perform them
This was a collaboration with the Purcell School for Young Musicians


We are very grateful for sponsorship from the Gatwick Area Community Trust and Waitrose Community Matters (Edenbridge)


What an amazing day we had! 8 songs were composed and performed to a capacity audience in a single day!

Madeleine, Erin, Sissy and Isobel composed a spooky setting of a poem called The Nightmare by Papua New Guinea poet, Michael Don.

Robert, Mollie, Eva and Elsie composed a very inventive setting of Whale, a traditional New Zealand poem, with a dramatic floor percussion ending.

Emma, Sophie, Lois, Emily and Sienna composed a very upbeat setting of Michael Finnigan, a new interpretation of the traditional Irish words.

Iris, Sayaka and Yasmin composed a sweet and cantering song called I had a little pony, with some of their own words.

Charlotte, Alice, Camila, Isabelle and Rose composed a lively and entertaining setting of a Caribbean poem, Mosquito One, and wrote a very funny second verse.

Poppy, Katy and Harriet chose an evocative Indian poem Leili by Sarojini Naidu and composed a hauntingly beautiful song using Indian harmonies.

Anna, Sophie and Josiah composed a very contemporary and powerful setting of a thought-provoking poem, There is an Eye by the Scottish minister and poet, George Matheson who went blind at the age of 20.

Connie, Kaitlin and Rachel chose another poem by Michael Don, Sea Poetry, which was written in the ancient Japanese ‘Tanka’ style, and composed a multi-layered and innovative song in 5 part harmony.

These groups were led by seven students from the Purcell School for Young Musicians: Georgia, Will, Emily, Tom, Lauren, Theo and Zakia and mentored and overseen by three composers: Alison Cox OBE, Lucie Treacher and Graham Dinnage