To celebrate the 10th year of Kids’ Choir, the Thames Festival Trust has commissioned award- winning British traditional singer Sam Lee to write and arrange an exciting new song cycle for 2012.

Song for the Thames Silkie will be performed for the first time by 600 London school children as one of the spectacular events of the 2012 Thames Festival.

Sam Lee is one of the current leading lights of the folk revival taking traditional song into a new direction and onto new platforms. In 2011, he was awarded the first Arts Foundation Fellowship for Folk Music for his pioneering work reinvigorating the genre and bringing it to new audiences.

Song for the Thames Silkie will draw upon themes of the ancient tale of the Silkie of Sulle Skerrie. This wonderful tale will be reborn within a London landscape to inspire another generation with the power of these ancient tales, revealing how important the lore they carry still is within contemporary society.

Working in collaboration with the Royal College of Music's Junior Department and the Junk Orchestra, the instrumentation and arrangement of this traditional material will be given a contemporary twist, using unique and individual instruments, to recreate the magical sounds of the river.

The project will be led by Jonathan Pix, an experienced peripatetic music teacher who has worked with a number of the schools involved in the project in previous years. He has recently prepared the stage choir for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's Classical Roadshow performed at the Cadogan Hall and prepared children for the ripieno chorus in Bach's St. Matthew Passion performed with the City of London Choir and Hanover Band at St. John's Smith Square.  He manages the music provision at three South London primary schools and this will be his eighth year supporting the Thames Festival Kids' Choir.

The Schools taking part are:
Alfred Salter Primary School, Ashmead Primary School, Baring Primary School, Bonneville Primary School, Brindishe Green Primary School, Chesterton Primary School, Coopers Lane Primary School, Fairlawn Primary School, Gainsborough Primary School, Grange Primary School, Highfield Primary School, Holbeach Primary School, Hollydale Primary School, Holy Family RC Primary School, Holy Ghost RC Primary School, Ivydale Primary School, Kelvin Grove Primary School, Keyworth Primary School, Kingswood/ Elmwood and Paxton Primary School, Malmesbury Primary School, Marvels Lane Primary School, Millfields Community School, Montbelle Primary School, Sacred Heart RC Primary School, St Agnes RC Primary School, St Joseph's RC Primary School, St Jude's Primary School, St Margaret Clitherow School, St Michael's CE Primary School, St. John and St James CE Primary School, St. John Evangelist RC Primary School, St. John the Divine CE Primary School, St. Mary's CE Primary School, St. Saviour's RC Primary School, Sunnyhill Primary School and Early Years Centre, Swaffield Primary School, Woodhill Primary School.


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