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Pupils from across the UK are invited take part in our Virtual Big Sing 2022!

We are delighted to welcome stars of stage and screen, led by Mark De-Lisser and featuring Vicky McClure and Our Dementia Choir (as seen on BBC One).

We have again partnered with Viking Sound and Lighting and welcome new partners Hal Leonard, Friends of Gresham’s,  Big Sky Creative and Make Music Day to bring an interactive, digital concert to every young person in the country.

We have selected a fantastic arrangement of songs from stage and screen and invite you to:

VBS2022: Sunday 19th June 2022, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Families, communities and residential care homes from across the country are invited to take part in our Virtual Big Sing live-stream on Sunday 19th June 2022.

VBS2022: Tuesday 21st June 2022, 1.45pm – 2.45pm (this is also Make Music Day!)
Schools and educational establishments from across the country are invited to take part in our Virtual Big Sing on Tuesday 21st June 2022.

This year the resources will be hosted on Essential Elements Music Class and all 8 participatory songs and signing resources will be available for you to access from Tuesday 4th May 2022, with a free trial license.

This year’s VBS2022 is suitable for students up to and including year 7.

Meet the Stars of VBS2022 here!

Our Music Maestro: Mark De-Lisser

Mark De-Lisser at the Big Sing 2018 NorfolkMark has worked with some of today’s top vocal talent including Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Beverley Knight. He has also worked on some of the UK most watched TV shows including BBC’s BAFTA nominated Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure, Songs of Praise and ITV’s award winning The Masked Singer.

He is the proud founder of Singology choir; a London based community choir and he regularly teaches at many recognised educational institutions around the world including ACM (Academy of Contemporary Music) where is founded the multi-award winning ACM Gospel Choir in 2006.Driven to inspire and motivate everybody to succeed, Mark helps to increase confidence and self-awareness, whilst improving technique and delivery. Anybody who is fortunate to spend time with Mark is left feeling uplifted and invigorated.

Our Dementia Choir

Our Dementia Choir began as part of a documentary created for BBC. The two-part series saw acclaimed actress Vicky McClure take us on a deeply personal journey where she set out to discover the true extent of music’s power in combatting dementia. Vicky knows only too well the cruelness of dementia having helped care for her grandma who died in 2015. But Vicky also saw the amazing effect the music had in calming her down as well as giving glimpses of the old Nana. Vicky formed a choir of people all living with dementia in her home town of Nottingham to see whether music can make measurable difference to their lives. The result: Our Dementia Choir.

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This year we are asking students from across the country to make a pledge to share one of the VBS 2022 songs with an elderly relative, residents in a care home setting or with an elderly neighbour and encourage you to ‘spread a smile of song’. We want to hear from you about how you are sharing your VBS2022 song amongst the older generation.

You can share your performance with us on social media by using the hashtag #VBS22. On the registration form we ask you to share any pledges that you make and on the day of the performance Mark De-Lisser will share some of your schools’ pledges with the national audience.

How to register

Please register using the links below:

Sunday 19 June – Families and Communities: Sign Up Here
Tuesday 21 June – Schools and educational establishments: Sign Up Here

  • You will receive an email to confirm your registration and further details. Keep an eye on our social media channels for our artists announcements!
  • Any students registering from home must have permission from a parent/carer and must sign up with the email address of their parent/carer
  • You will access the resources with a login from Essential Elements Music Class. Once registered you will receive instructions on how to start your extended free trial and access the resources 6 weeks before the performance.
  • Choir master, Mark De-Lisser, will give you instructional support with learning the songs
  • Signing videos will be available for each song

Performance Day

You will be sent a link 48 hours before the Virtual Big Sing and instructions on how to tune in to the stream. This will be hosted on a Private YouTube link. Tune in and join Mark De-Lisser and friends who will be joining you from around the UK with your performance!

Post clips of you enjoying yourself on social media and use the hashtag #VBS2022

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Greshfest 22 

You can take part in VBS2022 live at ‘Greshfest 22’ on Sunday 19th June 2022 at Gresham’s Theatre in the Woods. Greshfest is a weekend of live music, also featuring our Urban Soul Orchestra and Norfolk Young Musicians Play Classic Ibiza project, plus the Greshfest Arena where families can enjoy Norfolk’s finest street food vendors, entertainment, circus rides and games, Aspiring Artists Stage and much more!

Buy tickets for Greshfest 22

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