Songs for Early Years: Sue Hollingworth's top ten
The first half of the session will be practical and delegates will have a chance to sing and explore Sue's ten essential songs for Early Years music making.
As well as singing and playing the games, we will discuss the learning opportunities possible from each song and also ways in which young children might incorporate them into their own play.
Copies of the songs and a CD to take home will be available.
The second half of the session will be a 'song share'.
Participants will have an opportunity to post song ideas on day one of the conference. Good ideas will
be shared for all.
A Graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music where she
studied voice , Sue Hollingworth divides her time between
her work as a Choral Director and
Music Educator. In 1990 she was awarded a Churchill fellowship for her work with choirs. In 2010, she was awarded "Choir
Master of the Year" by the Gramophone
Magazine. This is a community music award, given to those who have made the
greatest impact in their singing communities.
She is Musical Director of the Scunthorpe Cooperative
Junior Choir. This open access choir won the overall title of BBC3 Choir of the
Year in 2008. They took t part in the BBC Proms in September 2009 singing Messiah and
received rave reviews. In 2000 they travelled to Sydney to take part in
the Olympic Torch Processions, they sang
at the opening night celebrations of the Millennium Dome and at the first Holocaust Memorial Service
at Westminster. The Choir was chosen to make a BBC programme called "Take a Bow" about
interesting activities children do after school and was the subject of a documentary on Radio 4.
Recently, younger members of the choir made recordings for the Sing Up magazine
Sue is Musical Director of the Sine Nomine International
Touring Choir. All members of this choir are themselves choral directors and in
recent years the choir has been the guest choir at Presteigne Festival ,
performed at the Three Choirs Festival
in Worcester and international festivals
in Italy. Sue has also conducted the
Minster Minstrels Vocal Ensemble for the National Centre of Early Music. With
this organisation, she conducted 550 York school children at the Schools Proms to Celebrate the 350th
Anniversary of Henry Purcell. In December, BBC Radio 3 invited Sue to lead performances of the Hallelujah Chorus in Glasgow and London with participants who
are new to singing and who were encouraged to join a choir. For the BBC, she
also conducted an afternoon Family Prom at the Albert Hall sharing the direction with Julia Regan, a
former member of the Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir.
Sue has worked for the National Youth Choirs of Scotland and Great Britain and is a guest conductor for Leeds Lieder and The National Centre for Early Music .
Sue's Music Education work includes creating Melody Monkey's Marvelous Music Box with Cathy Dew (this is an Early Years Resource) being an Advocate for Sing Up, working for the Voices Foundation and she regularly gives workshops for Making Music, 20,000 Voices and Sing for Pleasure. She has adjudicated for BBC3 Choir of the Year, Coleraine, Elgin and Don Valley festivals.