Ex Cathedra has been recognised for its work as a charity, having been shortlisted for this year’s Guardian Charity Awards. The ensemble has been involved in two major projects creating singing opportunities for young people since being founded over 25 years ago.

Singing Playgrounds has seen over 100,000 children take part throughout the UK and internationally – reaching as far as New Zealand and Thailand.  The project encourages school communities of both teachers and students to sing. Howard Goodall, former national ambassador for singing, said of the project: ‘Singing Playgrounds is brilliant. I wish I could wave a wand and have it magically appear in every primary school in the country now.’

Since 2004, Ex Cathedra has also been involved in Singing Medicine – a project which reaches out to hospitals in the ensemble’s local cities Birmingham and Warwick. The weekly scheme provides singing activities for children with life-limiting conditions.

The Guardian Charity Awards, in its twenty-first year, honours small charities which have a turnover of less than £1.5m. Winners of this year’s awards will be announced 3 December.

(Image credit: Paul Arthur)

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