Singing picnic at Phillips Memorial Park

Published Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Waverley’s first Singing Picnic, in Phillips Memorial Park, saw children from four primary schools from across the borough perform songs to each other, play singing games and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Children from St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School in Cranleigh, Park Mead Primary School in Cranleigh, Green Oak Church of England Primary and Nursery School in Godalming and Cranleigh Church of England Primary School took part in the fun singing event. Waverley Borough Council supported the picnic in Phillips Memorial Park, which was led by Surrey Music Hub and Arts Partnership Surrey. The Singing Picnics also took place in five other locations across Surrey in June and July 2017.

Councillor Jenny Else, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Culture, said: “These picnics are a great opportunity for children to enjoy singing with others and meet children from other schools. Singing is an amazing way to socialise and to express an interest in music and I hope that many will be inspired to keep singing as they get older.

“They’re a really lovely, creative day out in a local park. The award-winning Phillips Memorial Park used for Waverley’s picnic has an incredible story – a memorial to John George (Jack) Phillips, resident of Farncombe and Chief Wireless Telegraphist on the RMS Titanic.

“The Singing Picnics are one of the many fantastic projects that Arts Partnership Surrey has helped start. Others include Vitamin G, which has resulted in the wonderful Grow Project at Rodborough School, and the site specific show Take On Me, which toured sports and leisure centres across Surrey last autumn.”

Notes for the editor

The picnics are a low-cost, low-pressure way for schools to take part in group music making without feeling the need to prepare a formal or lengthy performance. The emphasis is on enjoyment and singing with others. The picnics also provide opportunities for informal peer-mentoring from young singing leaders from secondary schools, and feature inspirational performances from secondary school-aged singing groups, encouraging younger children to continue their singing into KS3.

For more information, contact Nancy Gillio-Terry, Vocal Development Leader for Surrey Arts at

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