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National Schools Singing Programme at York Minster

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York Minster will be launching its Schools Singing Programme soon.

What is the National Schools' Singing Programme?

York Minster is one of six Anglican cathedrals to participate in the National Schools Singing Programme, the aim of which is to support world-class inclusive music programmes in Church of England schools. The syllabus and structure of the National Schools Singing Programme enables diverse communities to engage with choral and church music of the highest standard.

You can watch a short BBC documentary about the model to find out more.


How does the programme work?

Weekly sessions will take place during the normal school day and will be tailored to suit each class and year group. They include music for school liturgies blended with interactive music education games and secular repertoire. Classes support the national curriculum and enhance educational attainment and progression, which in turn supports a favourable Ofsted assessment.

Once the programme is established, we plan to integrate it in the Minster’s musical and liturgical life, giving children the opportunity to sing both in services and concerts.

Get Involved

If you would like to register your school’s interest in the programme, please email Emilie Bels, York Minster’s Schools Singing Lead.


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