Helping young people to find their own voices
The Church of England communications team have recently featured the work of Tom Daggett with Hackney Children’s Choir.
Tom is the OBE Outreach Fellow at St Paul’s Cathedral and Hackney Children’s Choir is run in partnership with St Paul’s West Hackney.
“Hackney Children’s Choir draws children from eight primary schools, in a borough with one of the highest child poverty rates in the country. The children sing mainly sacred music, tackling works from hymns to Mass settings and church anthems by a range of composers from Britten to Handel, Mendelssohn and John Rutter. Many of the young singers rarely leave the borough and the choir has opened up a new world for them – of visits to King’s College, Cambridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall and even residential choral singing courses – after fundraising by the church – over the Easter and summer holidays held in public schools such as Wellington and Eton.”
Read the full article by Martha Linden on the Church of England’s blog, or listen to the interview: