Sing London’s Story
Sing London launched in June 2007 – the world’s first all city sing-along. During the 10 day festival, more than 25,000 Londoners were united in collective song – all kinds of people singing all kinds of music in all kinds of places. From singing buses on Oxford Street to spirituals at the British Museum, active participation underpinned every Sing London event. The message was ‘sing with me’ rather than ‘listen to me’.
Sing London’s success led to Sing the Nation – a UK-wide initiative that brought collective singing to 50 BBC Big Screens / Olympic Live Sites as part of the Olympic Handover Ceremony. From Sunderland to Southampton, we worked with regional choirs to lead a series of community singing workshops that culminated in mass public singalongs of regional songs. The project was accompanied by a series of Singing Histories publications, developed in partnership with local museums, galleries and libraries.
In 2009, we worked with the artist Luke Jerram to place free pianos across the streets of London and stage a series of Round the Piano events. The project engaged more than 250,000 people and generated extensive media coverage around the world, including the front pages of the Sunday Times and New York Times, BBC TV, ITV and CBS America.
Our most recent project, Ping London, placed ping pong tables across London landmarks, from Heathrow Airport to Tate Modern. The project proved extremely popular with public and press alike and is moving to four other cities before returning to London in 2012 for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
We are working with the Royal Albert Hall on a major project – The Song Exchange – to unite older people and teenagers in shared song. The project will commence in 2012. Sing London are also working with councils, designers and statutory bodies to install talking rubbish bins at London landmarks later in 2011. We are also working on an exciting treasure hunt for a party, dates are to be confirmed so please check our latest news for more details.
Live a little:
Sing a little
- Sing London