Thank you NewVIc, Journey to Justice, Jack Petchey and the Big Lottery Fund

Solid harmony have been busy all through March and April. They performed at several events for the Music and Freedom Project through Journey to Justice Funded through the Big Lottery. Some of the choir also supported other local community choirs in the borough, working with young artists to develop their own leadership. Others staffed the exhibition resident at Beckton Globe Library. Journey to Justice has left a considerable impact in the borough and with members of Solid Harmony. For example at the end of year celebratory dinner at Nando’s, funded through the Jack Petchey Achievement Awards scheme, Faith said, “Goga Khan’s story, I feel like… us as a community… if we actually get together, we can progress far, instead of cutting someone out”. Annabel agreed, “If you believe in something, stand for it. It’s true”. You can read the full Music and Freedom report (download link below).
We wish everyone a wonderful summer and look forward to singing with you and for you from September.

Solid Harmony singing at Southbank Centre!

NewYVC Unite Festival Southbank CentreMembers of Solid Harmony took part in Peace In Every Voice at Southbank Centre on 18th July. They supported the event all day by chaperoning children and young people from across 16 East London Schools. They then added their voices on stage in the evening, singing a range music in many languages including Hindi, Indonesian, Twi, Arabic and Inuit, as well as English. Well done Solid Harmony!

Solid Harmony Onward Journeys!

It’s so great to see the legacy of this wonderful youth choir in action. Alumni Young Artists are now supporting NewYVC at Stratford Circus, running workshops in schools and beginning to gain enough confidence to organise and run local singing groups in the community. Two of our alumni members in particular are making great strides. Itoya Osagiede, now a professional actor and Mohan Dhar have been helping develop the bass section of Forest Voices choir We now have four basses, thanks them. Itoya also ran the trial project at Stratford Library assisted by Mohan Dhar and Abi Asante, funded through Newham’s Community Neighbourhood fund. The project was a huge success, with new members joining the fun every week as news spread about the best way to start your weekend! Congratulations to Itoya, Abi and Mohan. We look forward offering further training to these and other senior members of Solid Harmony, adding further strings to their bows!

Solid Harmony Starts back!

The choir starts back this week! We had 18 young people sign up at the Freshers Fair so we’re set to grow this year!  If you’re 14 – 18 and would like to join us and our band, come on down to NewVIc, Prince Regent Lane, E13 next Monday, report to reception and simply ask for Solid Harmony.