The BlueJam Big Sing programme provides creative singing, instrumental and composition opportunities for KS3 pupils in participating schools. Facilitated by a team of composers, film-makers and studio engineers, the programme gives small primary schools the chance to perform and record in interesting venues such as Alhambra Cinema and Rheged IMAX Theatre with schools from across North Cumbria. BlueJam Young Music Leaders, work experience students and trainees from over 6 secondary schools act as mentors, role models, band accompaniment and conductors.
BlueJam Big Sing programme follows in the footsteps of the North Cumbria Transition Choir and Ensemble which operated for six years. Last year we had 23 schools participating leading to a very big summer event. Although successful, the time stresses schools face in the end of the summer term have led us to develop a smaller, modular approach with fewer schools at each event, which happen in each term.
Our March event in 2015 “Afternoon at the Alhambra” was voted by participating schools as one of the best we have delivered, and we have been continuing in this way since.
Big Sing at the Big Screen and other creative singing and cross-media events are BlueJam Arts projects
run with support from Cumbria Music Hub as part of its Cumbria-wide Singing Strategy.
Creative Director, BlueJam Arts