Polyphony Arts are delighted to be working with the Come and Sing Company on their project development and delivery.
The Come and Sing Company (CASC) brings people together in song. To explore the full range of CASC’s work, visit their website.
Working across the UK and Ireland, our clients include the National Trust, Silver Spoon, Wexford Mental Health Association, Snape Maltings, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Wellington College, RHS Holbrook, the London Pro Arte Choir and local government. From our first project in the autumn of 2017, which aimed to attract more children to become choristers at St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, we have become official partners of both Norfolk and Lincolnshire Music Hubs and made our Royal Albert Hall debut in November 2019.
With Norfolk Music Hub (NMHub), we brought 27 primary schools together in a fusion of Norfolk folksongs and the music of South Asia. We also led their 2018 High Schools Choral Festival at Halloween with the theme ‘The Weird and the Wonderful’.
This year, we have been part of the writing team and delivered workshops and performances for the Norwich Theatre Royal, NMHub and CASC’s project ‘A Kind of Magic Flute’ – a Cuban reimagining of Mozart’s original. Following performances with 600 children at the Theatre Royal in Norwich, we now prepare to take the show to the Royal Albert Hall with 2500 children from across Norfolk.
Our work for the 2019 Norfolk and Norwich Festival saw us supporting their headline act – Las Maravillas de Mali – with world music workshops and performances in local schools. For Snape Maltings we have created a Young Leaders Project through their Friday Afternoons resource and are helping upskill the next generation of choral leaders with a series of residential weekends and year-round mentoring.
With the National Trust, we partnered with producers Arts and Gardens to devise and deliver ‘Lyveden New Bield – A Secret Concert’ and ‘Come and Sing in Secret’. These events formed the launch of Lyveden New Bield’s ambitious ‘Lyveden Reconnected’ programme which will reconfigure the site. The aim is to make the visitor experience closer to founder Thomas Tresham’s original vision for the site, whilst better connecting with the local, regional and national audience.
At Lyveden, we created a programme based on music of the oppressed. Performing music by recusant Catholics, slave songs, Syrian nursery rhymes and music of the suffragettes. These were performed by local school children, a ‘scratch’ choir and our professional Associates to bring Lyveden – and its historical themes – alive in a unique way.
In June 2019, we partnered with Lincolnshire Music Hub and National Trust Gunby Hall to explore the property’s links to greats such as Vaughan Williams, Tennyson and Darwin. Local children learnt music, studied and wrote poetry, created artwork inspired by the building and took part in nature trails.
We have led a number of other events such as choral workshops for adult choirs, vocal and conducting technique CPD sessions for teachers, prep school choral days, come and sing Disney/musicals, health and wellbeing sessions and many teambuilding days for businesses including Silver Spoon and Galgorm Hotel and Spa in Northern Ireland.
Tom Appleton: Co-Founder and Artistic Director
Tom’s life in choral music began in his local Parish Church Choir at the age of 5. From there he joined St. Paul’s Cathedral as a chorister under John Scott. As well as taking part in the daily services at the Cathedral, Tom sang in many recordings, external concerts, and toured to Brazil and Europe.
Whilst a treble Tom played ‘Miles’ in Broomhill Opera’s 1996 production of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with one review stating: ‘Tom Appleton has a voice that any Cathedral Choirmaster would die for!’.
After joining The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Tom then read Music at The University of York and following his graduation in 2007 he joined The Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Tom spent 10 years with The Monteverdi Choir as a singer, soloist, workshop leader, rehearsal conductor and choir manager.
Alongside his work with The Monteverdi Choir, Tom has been Musical Director of The Ipswich Chamber Choir, The Southend Festival Chorus, The Milton Keynes Chorale, and is currently MD of The King’s Lynn Festival Chorus
Tom has vast experience of leading Continuing Professional Development sessions, Outreach Events, Workshops, Come and Sing Days, Presenting, and Conducting Concerts for a wide range of organisations including The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, The Choir of the Year Competition, Snape Maltings, The Hallé Youth Choir, Gabrielli Roar, and The Southend Boys and Girls Choirs.
Elenor Bowers-Jolley: Co-Founder and Creative Director
Ellie studied at Royal Holloway University of London, The University of East Anglia and The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and holds a Bachelors Degree in Music, a Masters Degree in Music Performance Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in Voice and Opera Studies.
Having been a professional soprano for 14 years, Ellie’s passion for music and singing has led her to perform as a soloist and consort member around the world (Monteverdi Choir, The King’s Consort, La Nuova Musica). Through her work with The Come and Sing Company, Ellie is fulfilling a dream of passing on some of that passion to others.
A sought after vocal coach and workshop leader Ellie has had the pleasure of working in outreach on behalf of Wexford Festival Opera in schools, colleges, nursing homes, special needs facilities and mental health support groups, showing how music can have such a positive effect on all walks of society.
Now as a founder member of The Come and Sing Company Ellie, alongside co-founder Tom Appleton, hope to show how song can unite a community in a very special and unique way.