The Big Sing 2020 was planned to be held at Birmingham Symphony Hall with children from each of the 14 regions participating in a large-scale professional standard singing event, with artistic direction from Ex Cathedra and input from British Council’s World Voice artists and repertoire.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic this event had to be cancelled. However, some schools were able to submit some wonderful films of their children singing, which we profiled in a Virtual Big Sing on Tuesday 31st March. Ex Cathedra also provided some singalong films. You can view all of these on our YouTube channel.

Who is involved

The Big Sing features singers from:

Bilston C of E Primary School, Brockhurst Primary School, Broseley Primary School, Colmore Junior School, Cotteridge Primary School, Cradley C of E Primary School, Haslucks Green School, Highfields Primary School, Hilary Primary School, Old Park Primary School, Saint Osburg’s School, Sledmere Primary School, St Augustine’s Catholic Academy, St Laurences C of E Primary School, St Michaels CE Primary School, Thomas Russell Junior School, Walsall Music Hub and Service Junior Choir, Woodside Primary School.

Ex Cathedra

Ex Cathedra is the strategic partner for the West Midlands Music Hubs Big Sing 2020. Ex Cathedra passionately believes in singing as a joyous way to bring children together, that is at the heart of children’s play and education. Tonight we hope you see, hear and feel this as we present tonight’s programme of music. All of the songs and singing games have been prepared by dedicated Music Service staff and primary school teachers.


British Council World Voice

For the last six years the British Council’s World Voice team, led by Artistic Director Richard Frostick, has worked with over half a million children and thousands of teachers and educators across 24 countries. Through training teachers to use singing as a tool for learning in some of the most challenging educational circumstances, the programme has empowered teachers to bring the many and varied benefits of singing into their classrooms.