A new initiative to encourage young people to enjoy singing was launched in July. Singing Picnics, a joint project with Surrey Arts Partnership and Surrey Music Hub, invited local primary schools to come and join in singing games at a local park or venue. Mole Valley, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Tandridge, Woking and Waverley Borough Councils all hosted picnics and were great fun for the children who participated in singing games with Surrey Music Hub tutors. The schools also performed songs they had learnt to the other schools.

Project lead for Surrey Music Hub, Nancy Gillio-Terry said ‘The Surrey Singing Picnics were a chance for children and teachers to enjoy playing singing games and singing together with other schools in informal outdoor settings across Surrey. We’re delighted that the Picnics were a big hit, with children telling us that they can’t wait for next year’s picnic and teachers telling us that the children sang all the way back to school’

Eduardo Aguilar, Partnerships Officer for Mole Valley District Council said ‘Singing Picnics is simply a great way of bringing together 100+ children into an outdoor space to enjoy themselves in a creative and fun way. It was lovely to see the children actively engaging with the activities and even better to hear it’.

The picnics proved a big hit with children visiting local outdoor spaces such as Lingfield Race Course, Woking Park, Kempton Park and The Phillips Memorial Park in Godalming. Over 600 children took part and Surrey Arts Partnership and Surrey Music Hub look forward to more taking part in 2018.