About La Folia and our project
La Folia is a music charity that delivers a year-round programme of performance and workshops particularly in Wiltshire and Hampshire schools and communities. We work with partners in special needs and mainstream education, arts centres, venues and community groups to realise projects. These vary in size – from large scale professional performance to bespoke collaborations – but remain uncompromising in engaging artists of the highest quality.
Evening Songs 2019 is a revival of a project we first produced in 2016 (see video above, created by by Ash Mills), when young people from Exeter House special school and Salisbury Cathedral Choristers made history by devising their own words and music for Evensong. Tom Clammer from Salisbury Cathedral described the service (which attracted a congregation of 700) as ‘one of the most, if not the most important thing the Cathedral has ever done’.
‘Please notice who we really are’ (lyrics from Evening Songs 2016)
In 2019, our second Evening Songs project will see a new generation of pupils from Exeter House special school and Salisbury Cathedral choristers responding to the traditional Liturgy in highly individual ways. This time, to take the project onto a new level, the young people will work alongside international soloist Mark Padmore.
‘A superb example of true inclusion’ (feedback from Evening Songs 2016)
We want to challenge perceptions of difference, and demonstrate how this mix of young people with such diverse backgrounds and experiences can be engaged as collaborators, creators and performers centre-stage.
‘In a society where ‘going it alone’ seems to be creeping into every pore, it’s ever more important to ensure that we can offer the most vulnerable young people an outlet through which they can express their own power, feelings and needs, and experience a sense of togetherness’
(Howard Moody, La Folia artistic director)
What we need
We need the final £2,000 to make this project happen. Anything you give will go towards:
- Realising a project that will transform lives and change perceptions of what young people can achieve
- Giving young people the opportunity to work with international soloist Mark Padmore
- Promoting the project to Cathedrals and Cathedral Choirs around the country to ensure more young people can have their voices heard
What you get
In return for your support, you won’t just get a warm glow, you’ll get some fabulous perks! Website and social media credits, signed programmes, invitations to workshops - you can really get involved with the project and play your part in changing lives through music. See below for the rewards you can claim.
Other ways you can help
Please share this campaign far and wide with all your email contacts, on social media using #EveningSongs2019, and good old face-to-face talking to people! For this campaign to succeed we need all our friends and supporters, old and new to help us by spreading the news and encouraging people to contribute generously to the campaign.