Blackburn Cathedral's Singing Outreach Programme

Our aim is to bridge the gap seen in many Primary Schools where a lack of confidence, musical knowledge or funding means that children can miss out on experiencing an exciting and enjoyable musical education. Our programme encourages teachers to sing in the classroom, set up choirs and provide them with ideas of how to produce beautiful singing in their own schools.

Founded in 2009, SingTogether reaches over 5000 primary school children and over 400 primary school teachers each year. Our annual, seven month outreach programme runs from mid September and culminates in March with 10 nights of fantastic concerts at King George’s Hall, Blackburn. Each school takes part in one of these concerts along with 15/16 other Primary Schools per night, singing specially chosen group songs and performing for bewitched parents and teachers. In 2019/20 we had an audience of around 1000 for each night, on six consecutive days, creating such a fantastic atmosphere within the Hall. It is a project not to be missed!

Gill Fourie


Gill studied music at Newcastle–upon-Tyne University and has worked with Blackburn Cathedral as outreach animateur since 2009. She is also chair of ‘abcd North West’ and has been Singing Coordinator for Lancashire Music Service, organising singing activities within Lancashire schools.
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Jeff Borradaile


Jeff is Musical Director of Blackburn People’s Choir (BPC), Gathered Voices, The Honour Choir, Ordsall A cappella Singers (OAS) Vocalise Youth Choir, Maelstrom Male Voice Choir and Decibelles Female Voice Choir. His choirs perform in the region of 45 concerts a year sharing their love of singing with thousands of people.
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David Scott-Thomas


David studied at the prestigious Trinity College of Music, London and has given recitals in churches, cathedrals and concert halls across the world. In 2006 David was appointed Musical Director to The School of Art, Media & Performance at Blackpool and The Fylde College. He has established a very fine and highly regarded choir and has co-written a BA Honours Degree in musical theatre on which he now lectures.
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The full list of SingTogether’s forthcoming events and performances.
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SingTogether: Who We Are

The synergy between the teachers and our outreach team is what makes the project so successful; supporting and encouraging teachers, providing them with fun, engaging musical ideas and skills.

A lack of musical experience within a department and funding issues can mean that children miss out on enjoyable and educational musical experiences. SingTogether aims to provide you with the confidence to deliver a fun and successful singing programme.
Through SingTogether, many of our teachers have gone on to set up their own choirs and we have had so many glowing testimonials from staff, praising our “winning formula”. The majority of schools take part again each year.


Get In Touch!

We are looking forward to singing with you!

Contact Gill, Head of Musical Outreach, for more information and to get involved!