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Looking for Richard?

Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service is looking for much more. Someone once said that you never truly know anyone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.  Well, who better than a shoemaker’s shoes to walk in to learn more about Richard III and the world in which he lived?  Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service has commissioned renowned British composer Philip Wilby and Poet and lyricist Ian McMillan, of BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, to write an exciting new piece, entitled ‘The Shoemaker and the King’ – a Leicestershire fable created around the former King of England and last of the Plantagenet dynasty.

As Philip and Ian state, “perhaps we might learn something about ourselves if we were to see the events of 1485 through the eyes of one of the King’s famed Leicestershire shoemakers?
As our text says...”

So dig a little deeper
In the car park where he lay
Beneath that Royal sleeper
the maker of shoes will see the light of day!”

To help realise this vision, Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service (LSMS) is offering a unique one-off opportunity for young singers across Leicester-Shire to come together to perform this exciting new choral piece. With many young female singers already part of the choir, LSMS is now seeking to achieve the right balance of young male singers so that the pitch and the timbre of the choral piece is perfectly realised and performed.

The piece promises to be challenging and exciting and would certainly be something to be proud to be part of as well as giving you the chance to meet other singers and work with professionals to improve your singing skills.  If you’re male and currently sing with a choir, or have singing lessons and are aged between14-19 then we would love to hear from you.

For more information about becoming part of this exciting choir opportunity please contact Sarah Barton, Singing Development Leader, at sarah.barton@leics.gov.uk 0116 305 0411

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