Materials - [25/01/2012]

We are planning to produce some new resources for the CânSing website, and want to find out what you would like to see! We have created an online survey to capture your views. Please spend five minutes completing this survey, by following this link

The deadline is 20 February.

We are also keen to discover what young people think about our Songbank and exercises. We would, therefore, like to facilitate some focus groups with pupils. If you have a group that would like to influence what materials are added to the CânSing website, email

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continuing support for CânSing. The team has been overwhelmed by the positive feedback received so far – so much so that we are adding a section to the website so that your comments can be seen by everyone. Please keep them coming!

£250,000 for music scheme that’s hitting all the right notes - [22/12/2011]

Education Minister, Leighton Andrews, today announced £250,000 of funding to extend an innovative project to promote singing in schools for another year. 

The CânSing programme was introduced in 2009 to help school children find their voice and take up singing, both as part of activities within the school curriculum as well as out of lesson time.

The programme has provided training, support and guidance on the promotion and benefit of singing to over 500 schools in Wales, with a further 140 schools to be engaged by March 2012.

The programme has been positively received in schools and an independent evaluation found it promoted confidence and motivation in both teachers delivering the activities and the children and young people who took part.

Schools also found that literacy and language skills had improved as a result of the programme and that it had succeeded in engaging boys, who are sometimes reluctant to participate in such activities, and children and young people with special educational needs.

The CânSing website is also proving very popular with schools, receiving on average over 15,000 unique hits per month.

The new funding will enable a further programme of support to be delivered to over 250 schools until March 2013.

Mr Andrews said:

“An important part of the educational experience for children and young people is gaining confidence. Through the CânSing programme we hope to motivate and involve children and the wider community with school life and enhance their experience.

“I am pleased it is having a positive impact in schools. Improving literacy skills is one of my main priorities as Education Minister, so I am encouraged by findings which show the scheme is improving literacy levels in participants.

“The funding I have announced today will allow the programme to continue for another year, ensuring that more schools and pupils can carry on enjoying its many benefits.”

The programme is delivered by the charity ContinYou Cymru, in partnership with local authorities. It is aimed principally at pupils in Years 5, 6 and 7.

Suzanne Barnes, CânSing Project Manager said:

“We are delighted that the Education Minister has recognised the achievements of CânSing to date and has agreed to support the programme for another year.

“We have been very encouraged by the praise the programme has received and it is great news that many more pupils will now be able to benefit from this.”

New Songs - [14/11/2011]

New songs

We have been working hard in Aran Studios (Caernarfon) with Emyr Rhys , recording the new songs. In response to feedback, we have been producing some festive tracks for you to try this term. The following are already available:

• The shepherd’s song

• Silent night

• Noel, noel, noel (re-mastered).

You can also find these new songs on the CânSing website:

• Miggledee maggledee

• Notin’ around.

And, we have added new interactive screens and Song Support Sheets for:

• Rap 1,2,3

• The song of the elements

• Canoe song

• Scoo – be – do

• Oh happy day.

We will be adding more songs very shortly, so look out for:

• Rock a my soul

• O re mi

• Stand by me

• Something inside so strong.


Finally, I wish you all a very happy Christmas. Please do let us have feedback on how you are using our resources. I’d particularly like to hear from you if you are using our new material, perhaps in your school nativity or Christmas show!


Nadolig Llawen i chi gyd!


Suzanne Barnes,

CânSing Project Manager

Link to November 2011 Newsletter - [11/11/2011]

Welcome Back! - [03/09/2011]

I do hope you’ve all had an enjoyable summer break and are refreshed and looking forward to another busy year ahead.

Since the announcement of the additional funding from the Welsh Government for CânSing (until March 2012) we have been busy selecting some new material for the Songbank. Many thanks to those of you who got in touch with suggestions, we have done our best to respond to the feedback given and are now in the process of arranging and recording these new tracks and will make them available on the site as soon as possible.

We are also working towards recruiting the new clusters of schools to participate in the training programme. We will be discussing these plans with the local Music Service Providers and Music Curriculum Advisors, so if you would like your school to be involved please contact your local partners and let them know you would like to take part.

Best wishes for a successful and tuneful year!


Suzanne Barnes

 Project Manager 

Funding Confirmed! - [02/09/2011]

I am delighted to report that Leighton Andrews, Minister for Education and Skills, has agreed support for CânSing into the next academic year. As you know, CânSing has been a pilot project, and this announcement is the culmination of two years of hard work and a bank of evidence that has been gathered from working with teachers across Wales.

The continued support from the Welsh Government is a very positive step for the CânSing programme and ensures that the online resources will remain available until at least March 2012. This investment will enable more schools to receive the full CânSing support package and for many to receive ‘refresher’ training, highlighting new materials and techniques to those who have already participated in the pilot, ensuring momentum is not lost.

We will continue to gather evidence of the success of the programme and use this to help secure a more stable long-term future for CânSing. 

In the meantime, I want to personally congratulate everyone involved in securing this funding.

Best wishes for a lovely and tuneful summer!


Suzanne Barnes

CânSing Project Manager

ContinYou Cymru


Nationwide Music Competition for young people to find Next Brit Thing - [02/09/2011]



Young People aged 11-19 from Great Britain and Northern Ireland are being encouraged to register for Next Brit Thing – a major new nationwide music competition. This exiting competition is  backed by the UK music industry and the Welsh and Westminster Governments. The competition is open to 11-19 year olds and entries can be by performers or composers, in any music style. It offers entrants a raft of prizes and opportunities, including support and guidance from professional musicians and songwriters. There will be access to tutorials and resources to help develop skills and explore careers in the creative industries. The Next Brit Thing website, is already open for registration. From September, entrants can submit video and audio of their performances, that will be assessed by their peers. The best and most popular will progress to regional finals in November 2011, culminating in a UK final in early 2012.


For further information, please contact:


Mega Meseia - [01/09/2011]

Would you like to add your voice to the thrilling sound of a huge choir, soaring up into the space of one of the world's finest opera houses, singing some of the greatest music ever written, under the baton of an inspiring conductor? Or would you simply love to hear it?


Well, now you have the chance - by taking part in Mega Messiah at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on Sunday 6 November 2011. This ambitious one-day event assembles a thousand singers, to perform the choruses of Handel’s masterpiece ‘Messiah’, in the magnificent Donald Gordon Theatre. The orchestra and soloists are rising stars from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. The performance is conducted by David Lawrence, one of the UK 's finest choral conductors who appears regularly on BBC Songs of Praise.


Tickets are now on sale and can be booked via the Centre box office at (tel: 029 2063 6464) where more information about the event is available. Tickets cost £15 for singers, or £12 if you book 10 or more (by phone or in person only). Audience tickets are £10.


A rehearsal will be held at 1.30 so you can warm up your voice and prepare for the best performance possible of the most famous piece of choral music in the world. The Mega Messiah performance starts at 6pm. Meal deals are available at the Centre and there will be free entertainment on the Glanfa stage in the break between rehearsal and performance.

Mega Messiah is a great way to launch the Christmas season, and to benefit two great charities. Fairbridge Cymru, part of The Prince’s Trust ( works with disengaged young people to bring them back into society, and Wales Millennium Centre's Learning and Participation projects ( bring arts activity to thousands of people around Wales.

 Please pass this on to members of any choirs you’re involved with, or indeed anyone who loves to sing or listen to great music.

 Best wishes

Newsletters - [07/07/2011]


Find out what's been happening by reading our newsletter below.

PDF imageDownload the July 2011 CânSing newsletter in English

PDF imageDownload the July 2011 CânSing newsletter in Welsh

PDF imageDownload the June 2011 CânSing newsletter in English

PDF imageDownload the June 2011 CânSing newsletter in Welsh

PDF imageDownload the February 2011 CânSing newsletter in English

PDF imageDownload the February 2011 CânSing newsletter in Welsh

PDF imageDownload the September 2010 CânSing newsletter in English

PDF imageDownload the September 2010 CânSing newsletter in Welsh

Evaluation Report for the CânSing project - [06/07/2011]
Following this link to see a full copy of the English Evaluation Report for the CânSing project.

Dilynwch y cyswllt canlynol er mwyn gweld copi llawn o Adroddiad Gwerthusiad project CânSing.