“You lit up the school for the whole year, not just for the week!”

Stephen Holroyd, Principal, Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok, 2010

Ex Cathedra’s
Projects for Schools

Ex Cathedra’s Education team is known for its innovative, exciting and award-winning school singing programmes.

Singing Playgrounds Logo

Singing Playgrounds®
implements a child-led programme
of singing-play for the
whole school community

Singing Connections Logo

Singing Connections
enables teachers to use our
purpose-written singing-play
in the classroom

SingMaker Logo

SingMaker is our purpose-written
dynamic song repertoire, interactive films, and workshops and performance
events for schools

“Spend 5 minutes with an Ex Cathedra Vocal Tutor and you’ll want to sing!”

Howard Goodall CBE,
Ambassador for National Singing Programme,
2007-2011

Inspiring singing

Credit: Warwickshire Music

Children’s imaginations are full of sounds and their songs. School playgrounds and primary schools are a cacophony of happy noises. However, during this pandemic, singing, music-making and play is at risk and as children return to school there is a new way life. Children’s playful singing is at risk of being silenced and yet singing is vitally important for children’s wellbeing and for school communities.

We have responded to the challenges of Covid-19 and redesigned our programme delivery, content, and developed a set of socially distanced singing games.

“In 21 years it was the most inspiring singing event that I have attended”

Karen Kennedy, Head teacher, Birmingham

Singing across the world

Testimonials

Here at Shrewsbury HK we have been fortunate enough to have an annual visit from a truly inspiring team from the UK, ‘Ex Cathedra’ who have run some brilliant singing workshops and performances with our students. The team are fantastic at what they do, and the songs are quick to learn, fun to sing, and hugely popular with the students. These songs will make a useful addition to your resource bank through class suspension and beyond (I rarely teach a lesson anymore without making use of something I have picked up from the team). I really can’t recommend them highly enough. If you are in HK and are finding yourself losing the will to live at the end of week ten of online learning, or you are elsewhere in the world…..I can safely say that these songs and videos will be manna from heaven!

Euan Fitzpatrick, Director of Music, Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong

“It’s as though you are sprinkling gold dust across the country”

Margaret Griffiths, Sing Up Evaluator and ex HM Inspector for Music, 2008

Ex Cathedra

Ex Cathedra

Ex Cathedra is a charity about singing. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to inspired by extraordinary choral singing. At the heart of our organisation is ‘Ex Cathedra’ choir.  Ex Cathedra is a leading UK choir and Early Music ensemble with a repertoire that reaches from the 12th to the 21st centuries. Founded in 1969 by Jeffrey Skidmore, the group has grown into a unique musical resource, comprising specialist chamber choir, vocal consort, period-instrument orchestra and a thriving education programme, aiming to explore, research and commission the finest choral music and to set the highest standards in performance and training.

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