Water City Music (WCM) has inspired young musicians ever since 2013 to perform at striking venues across the UK such as the Tower of London and Gloucester Tall Ships Festival.
We want to bring awareness of our work nationwide and take this amazing model across the country, but we need your help to do this.
Led by violinist, Michael Bochmann, MBE, we bring together musicians with a whole spectrum of abilities and experiences to play together and learn through doing.
Every Summer, children from across London have performed at the WCM Tower of London Festival, supported by professional players, music students and teachers. 2019 saw 1800 children from 22 London Boroughs come together in choirs and groups of all varieties.
We now want to build on this success. This is why we are making the appeal.
We plan to expand WCM across the country and want children from Land’s End to John O’Groats to be inspired too. Gloucester Tall Ships and Adventure Festival in 2019 was hugely successful.
The Covid-19 Pandemic forced the cancellation of this year’s Tower of London Festival, disappointing 2000 children from 69 schools. But all was not lost! We were still determined the youngsters would have something to show for all their efforts.
So, pupils from across London learned a song, taught to them by WCM online, and then uploaded their individual recordings. Our video wizard Adam Saunders took over from there, and turned them into a giant virtual choir.
The song is Stanley Holloway’s “With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm.” It is all about Anne Boleyn, Henry the Eighth’s second wife, who was of course beheaded. In the song, the poor thing’s ghost stalks the Tower of London with only her severed head for company. We just think the song is perfect considering the Tower is the usual location of our festival.
You can watch the video by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
If you enjoy what you see, then please share the video and follow us on Twitter @WaterCityMusic1. We'd love to "go viral"!
Don't forget to visit our website https://watercitymusic.com/ and read our story. If you like what you find, and we sincerely hope you will, then we'd love to stay in touch. You'll be able to receive regular updates on our progress by registering your interest and sending us a contact email so we can put you straight onto our mailing list.
We hope it will inspire you to help us involve schools up and down the UK.
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