Ex Cathedra


Everyone’s a winner if gifted young singers can realise their potential as singers, widen their job options by gaining experience in creative practice in the community and, in so doing, use singing to connect with deprived young people & help improve their job chances, life skills & participation

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 September 2013 to 12:00 PM, 1 July 2015

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1004086)




  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment




On one hand, gifted young singers find it ever more difficult to earn a living from singing alone and need to offer complementary animateur & community engagement expertise. On the other, many children & young people in Ladywood, Birmingham have low aspirations, low levels of social and emotional resilience and feel disconnected from the rest of the ward which contains most of the major cultural facilities in the city. Their participation rates in city activities remain stubbornly low.


Ex Cathedra will use its wide experience of delivering vocal education in schools & communities to pilot a scheme for members of its senior youth choir (16 – 25 years) to acquire vocal education, training & community engagement skills while developing their personal vocal & choral skills. They will act as champions & enable youth in Ladywood to participate in creative activities on the basis that all young people have a voice, thus helping build self-esteem & confidence to engage with others.