Join Big Big Sing at the Southbank! No need to book - it's a fun, free session. Enjoy lively large singing sessions and fascinating smaller workshops focused on specialist techniques and traditions.

20th April 2014

12pm - 5pm

Southbank Centre, LONDON

Learn a song every hour in the lively and engaging Big Big Sing workshops in The Clore Ballroom. Exuberant choirleaders Stephen Deazley and Eugene Skeef lead fun-filled massed choir sessions. Enjoy sounds and rhythms from Africa, the Caribbean and New Zealand in five songs from the Big Big Commonwealth Songbook:

12noon: Don’t Stay Away
1pm: Hine e Hine
2pm: Amazing Grace
3pm: Kothbiro
4pm: Fruits of our Gifts

Movement and Song from Africa for parents and children aged 5 and under – 
Led by singer Marcina Arnold

Blue Room – 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

An exciting workshop for all the family, opening with fun warm-up exercises and an exploration of South African songs. Following this you will learn a song by composer and Big Big Sing choirleader Eugene Skeef, which we’ll perform at the end of the afternoon in The Clore Ballroom with full band.

Scottish Gaelic Mouth Music – 
Led by Joy Dunlop

White Room – 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

Join Joy Dunlop for an informal introduction to the rhythmically fascinating puirt à beul. Meaning “mouth music” in Scottish Gaelic, this is a type of song originally used for dancing, and is a perfect example of the intrinsic relationship between language and music. Taught aurally, without words or music, the workshop will not only explain the origins of this type of singing but also provide an opportunity to explore Scottish Gaelic culture and heritage in an informative, yet relaxed environment.

Indian Singing – 
Led by Ranjana Ghatak

Sunley Pavilion – 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

The workshop will look at developing a new piece based on an Indian raga that has been specially arranged for Big Big Sing. It will include Indian voice techniques and new repertoire.

An Introduction to Signed Songs – 
With Ali Wood and Suzy Davies from The Kaos Signing Choir for Deaf and Hearing Children

Level 3 Function Room – 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

The Kaos Organisation is a Youth Arts Charity based in Haringey. Established in February 1995, with a firm belief in the vital importance of the creative arts, it has a practical ethos of creativity, communication and co-operation. Its motto is: Excellence through teamwork and fun! The Kaos Organisation works actively to raise Deaf Awareness and promote inclusion in all of its workshops and groups. In all of its weekly workshops participants learn to sing and sign, and all productions are Sign Language interpreted.

No singing experience required.  Everyone welcome.

No ticket required. Come along to the Southbank Centre anytime between 12pm and 5pm on Sunday 20 April.