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Big Sing: Big Smile 2019

In the words of Bobby McFerrin ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy!’

A much-loved annual event, supported by The Kavli Trust and in association with Sing Up. The theme of this year’s Big Sing is singing for health and wellbeing, bringing calm and happiness to your school day.

The Big Sing is a great opportunity for you to learn new songs and music, to expand pupils’ musical horizons in a fun and engaging way, and celebrate with an uplifting summer term performance in Sage One at Sage Gateshead. Connecting young people from across the region in song, creating a magical and memorable moment in one of the regions iconic cultural venues.

The Big Sing will feature 5 new songs written especially for the project by professional musicians from across the North.

The Big Sing package includes:

  • A teacher training session at Sage Gateshead, led by nationally acclaimed, inspirational singing leader, Sharon Durant
  • A resource pack and CD
  • Access to the digital Big Sing: Big Smile 2019 Play List on the Sing Up Song Bank
  • A 2 hour in school singing workshop
  • Singing in Sage One at Sage Gateshead with a live band on a choice of either 2nd or 3rd July

Suitable for: Key Stage 2–4
Group Size at performance & price: £210 for up to 33 people. £350 for up to 66 people. Total number to include both students and staff, additional people will be charged at £5 per head.
Sing Up School Discount: All schools with a Sing Up membership valid during March-July 2019 will receive an 5% discount on their Big Sing enrolment fee (£199.50 for up to 33, £332.50 up to 66).

How to book: Please complete the online enrolment request form below.

Enrolment Form

ENROLMENT CLOSES: When project is full, usually Spring term

Please be aware that the submission of this form is not a confirmation of your booking. You will receive an acknowledgement of your enrolment within 2 weeks of submission, and an order summary containing your choice of dates and price, within 4 weeks.

Sometimes online forms are not able to be removed from our website as quickly as booking requests come in, you will therefore be informed if your request has been unsuccessful.

For any queries about your booking request, please contact

Cancellation charges: 0% before teacher training, 50% after teacher training, 100% after the in school workshop.

Changes to bookings: Once the project has begun, small changes can be made to your booking by emailing Significant changes other than cancellation, which may in turn reduce your fee or greatly increase the number of seats you require, will be looked at on a case by case basis by the programme Manager.

  • Your Sing Up membership status will be checked prior to invoicing in March, to ensure it is still valid during the project, therefore the invoice price may differ to your order summary if it has since expired.

In partnership with Sing Up

Project supported by

The Big Sing and Big Sing for Mini Singers is supported by The Kavli Trust. The Big Sing programme brings the joy of singing to more than 3,000 children in schools across the North East and Cumbria region, culminating in a series of inspirational concerts at Sage Gateshead. The Kavli Trust, which owns Norway’s Kavli group, produces the well-known Kavli and Primula spreadable cheeses and Q-Meieriene dairy products as well as other food products in Norway, Sweden, Finland and the UK have worked with Sage Gateshead since 2014, supporting culture.

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