Music at Home
THAMES Summer Singing Challenge
We’re delighted to launch the THAMES Summer Singing Challenge this week! Over the next 6 weeks, we are encouraging children, families and schools to get singing! During these challenging times, when we’re stuck at home more and not able to see friends and relatives, we want to bring people together through the joy of singing. We hope that everyone will find this uplifting and fun, something to do together with your family, or for those still in school, with your fellow students and teachers.
How the Singing Challenge will work
We will announce a new song every couple of weeks which we invite you to learn. We will provide lyric sheets and backing tracks. Check out the first song below!
The Singing Challenge will culminate on Friday 19 June. On this day, we invite you to:
- Share your songs with your friends and families (or your classmates and teachers if you are at school);
- Share a photo on social media tagging @THAMES_music on Twitter and using the hashtag #THAMESsings;
- Upload your photos here and we’ll create a Summer Singing Challenge photo album for the website.
First song – We’ll Meet Again
The first song is the wartime favourite We’ll Meet Again made famous by Vera Lynn. As the country marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8 May, now more than ever it is important to come together and unite. CLICK HERE FOR LYRICS AND BACKING TRACK.
Full information about the THAMES Summer Singing Challenge can be found on the THAMES website.
BBC Ten Pieces
Ten Pieces at Home: Weekly films and activities. This week, watch the Ten Pieces introduction film about Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Elgar wrote the variations about his friends, using music to describe people’s characters and creating musical portraits. Join CBBC’s Naomi Wilkinson and create a piece of art and writing to connect with someone you love. Draw a picture and share a memory with a friend or family member to show you are thinking of them. Click here for more information.
Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House has created a new digital resource, ‘Create and Learn’, which offers free, cross-curricular home learning activities for children and young people enabling them to experience every aspect of theatre craft and performance. The home learning activities enable children to access the National Curriculum for Dance, Music and Art & Design. New activities are added each week around a specific theme providing new opportunities in singing, dancing and craft-making for children of different age groups.
Click here for more information.
Sing Up at home
Sing Up have launched a brand new Sing Up at Home area which is full of songs and resources which children and parents can access for free at home.
You can try out playlists for all different moods, including silly songs, inspiring songs, relaxing songs and songs to get you moving? We also have songs and activities for learning about specific topics, for pupils aged 4 - 7 and pupils aged 7 - 11
Sing Up Song of the week
It's getting too hot for monkeys is a fun topical song delivering a serious message about global warming.
Learn the song with our video from Beccy Owen and visit #SongoftheWeek for loads of activities, including actions, making up your own lyrics, and learning more about the topic.
With so many children at home, Sing Up wanted to take a moment to celebrate families – how different they are and how important they are to all of us. That's why our #SongoftheWeek is the brilliant, big-hearted What makes a family. It's so singable and feels like exactly the thing we need - we think you'll love it.
Join in and learn to sing and sign the Makaton with singer songwriter Al Start
Warm up and shake up with our brand new funky warm-up Wiggle Jiggle.
Learn to sing and do the body percussion with our fantastic teaching video by Emily Barden and try out our range of activities to go along with it.
One moment, one people is a beautiful, catchy, empowering anthem about working together and making positive connections with each other.
Learn the song with the fantastic teaching video by Beccy Owen and try out the audio tracks, lyrics, score and pupil pack with activities for children to do based on the song.