Community Choirs – ”Building a Culture and Future Audiences”
- Description of the Project:
Choir work is increasingly becoming an area of focus at the ESNCM. Establishing a choir is a more effective way of carrying out outreach work than individual instrument coaching. Currently ESNCM outreach operates through instrument teachers going once a week to community centers, where selected students are taught. At present both the environment and instrument quality are poor.
Choirs would be a better approach as they allow each teacher to reach a large number of young people. Choirs are also an excellent vehicle to train sight-reading, encourage teamwork, and build audiences. Currently the ESNCM manages the Sununu (Swallow) Choral project in Palestine, initiated by Elena Rostropovich; this involves around 800 children in refugee camps in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
- Cost: Total £ 15,000; Setting up one choir will cost £ 5,000 per year, and it will need three years of stable funding to guarantee sustainability.