14 April 2010
Primary schools kids transformed into recording artists
Primary school pupils all over the country are given the chance to release a pop hymn CD by working with Pop connection which is part of Christian charity Innervation Trust.
The charity is made up of outstanding songwriters and music producers who spend time in local schools teaching and helping young kids to record songs and prepare for concerts in churches.
Andy Silver, director of Pop Connection said: "Our aim is to strengthen relationships between primary schools and local churches through music."
The projects are carried out in three stages, firstly the Pop connection team spends three days teaching the songs to different classes throughout the school, secondly they then bring in a professional mobile studio and thirdly, they come back a week later to put on an exciting, celebratory concert at the local church where the whole school perform the songs and release the CD into the community.
The Pop Connection studio album is available on iTunes. The songs are very catchy and match what kids hear in the charts. They are distinctly Christian but are able to be sung in schools of all faiths or none. The lyrics also provide children with essential building blocks for their lives such as forgiveness, love for all people and valuing the planet.
One of the kids involved in the project said: "Thank you for learning us those songs and we wish you could stay an learn us some more songs." (sic)
Another exciting thing is that the concerts are held in churches and bring together parents, local businesses and the entire community.
It is a time of celebrating the achievements of the childrenand allowing the school to meet the Government's Community Cohesion agenda.
Westwoodhill Evangelical church in East Kilbride is linked to 13 primary schools in Glasgow and has hosted at least six concerts which involved local pupils. On average, 230 people from the community attended each event and everyone was blown away by the performance of the school children. Elder Lenny Prentice said: "We see a positive and very enthusiastic response from people because these concerts raise the respect that our church has in the community."