Harnessing the Power of Music and Storytelling in Outreach

Voices Across Time’s Community Outreach program seeks to bring their their work in audience participatory musicals directly into the community especially focusing on local care homes and primary schools.

Music has been seen to help create a sense of community with others through engaging in activities like singing in choirs and encouraging people to share stories about themselves where music is used a triggers.

Schools Work at a glance: Usually over a number of days, the Voices Across Time team will conduct workshops with up to two classes and devise a musical piece based on the current topic in the curriculum.

Care Home Work at a glance: ranging from one off visits to 5 week long projects, Voices Across Time will come and bring the music of the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s to life for the residents, directed and incorporating them, a performance will always round off each session.

Care Home Work

Care Home Work

By using the rhythm of the music, the stories the songs tell, the character the performance desires and the technical requirements of singing, Voices Across Time work to provide a workshop that is both mentally and physically stimulating for the residents.

The past 5 weeks have been fantastic…the residents have loved it, they have spoken about it every day!

Carla, Customer Service Support at Glebefields Carehome

Workshops can range from one off visits to weekly sessions conducted over an extended period of 5 weeks. Regardless of the length of time, the workshops are fused with theatre, music, movement, conversation and an invite to everyone in the care home and further afield (families and relatives) to come join.

Previous Shows

  • George and the Dragon
  • The Hare and the Tortoise

Schools Work

Working with 2 classes independently over a course of 3 days to devise a musical performance which fulfils multiple elements of the national curriculum for music, history and combining other expressive arts areas.

Culmination: a sharing assembly to parents or other classes made into both film/audio recordings to document the classes work, a musical score and backing tracks of their work which the school keep and can be used for future performances within the school.

Previous Topics:

  • A dramatic retelling of King John's Seige of Rochester Castle, popular songs with lyrics devised by the class, sound scapes, tableaux and movement to accompany a narrative created by the children. (Year 2)
  • Memory Film (Year 1) Creating a film to be watched in the future similar to a time capsule or memory box, featuring songs about the children's memories, percussion to express memories of different feelings and emotions, as well as rhymes which help us to remember sequences.
  • Who were the suffragettes? (Warriors and Heroes) (Year 3) A devised piece with songs and rounds set to classical operatic music with lyrics composed by the children which expressed views those both for and against giving women the vote. Challenging musical elements included singing in parts and exploring different qualities of their voices in order express the lyrics effectively.

Please contact the team on team@voicesacrosstime.com to enquire further and get any quotes.

Coming week on week you notice the difference in their [the residents] confidence and in their willingness to perform..We focus on interactive singing and we do vocal warm ups which we run through with our accompanist, he…builds their confidence and ability and we notice by the end of the session, they are in full singing voice!

Lisa, Voices Across Time Musician

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January 29, 2020

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