“You lit up the school for the whole year, not just for the week!”

Stephen Holroyd, Principal, Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok, 2010

Ex Cathedra’s
Projects for Schools

Ex Cathedra’s Education team is known for its innovative, exciting and award-winning school singing programmes.

Singing Playgrounds Logo

Singing Playgrounds® is the beginnings of group singing. This programme trains children to lead other children in singing-play, establishing a shared singing-play culture for the whole primary school community. Follow our 100+ video online programme and/or organise a school visit by our award-winning team.

Singing Connections Logo

Singing Connections brings the singing-play into the classroom.


SingMaker is our project for in-the-moment exhilarating, joyous (often large) group singing in which children sing their hearts out, move, dance, and laugh. Our tried and tested songs, composed by our team, are available to buy in digital or physical format, as demo and backing tracks and sheet music.


ChoirMaker keeps children inspired by singing as they move to secondary school and enables teachers to set up a thriving school choir.

“Spend 5 minutes with an Ex Cathedra Vocal Tutor and you’ll want to sing!”

Howard Goodall CBE,
Ambassador for National Singing Programme,

Inspiring singing

Credit: Warwickshire Music

We believe singing should be at the heart of every school community. Singing is really powerful for the wellbeing of individuals and communities. Our schools programmes have been developed by our award-winning team over many years to enable and inspire schools to do just that.

If only every day could start with singing…

“In 21 years it was the most inspiring singing event that I have attended”

Karen Kennedy, Head teacher, Birmingham

Singing across the world


Here at Shrewsbury HK we have been fortunate enough to have an annual visit from a truly inspiring team from the UK, ‘Ex Cathedra’ who have run some brilliant singing workshops and performances with our students. The team are fantastic at what they do, and the songs are quick to learn, fun to sing, and hugely popular with the students. These songs will make a useful addition to your resource bank through class suspension and beyond (I rarely teach a lesson anymore without making use of something I have picked up from the team). I really can’t recommend them highly enough. If you are in HK and are finding yourself losing the will to live at the end of week ten of online learning, or you are elsewhere in the world…..I can safely say that these songs and videos will be manna from heaven!

Euan Fitzpatrick, Director of Music, Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong

“It’s as though you are sprinkling gold dust across the country”

Margaret Griffiths, Sing Up Evaluator and ex HM Inspector for Music, 2008

Ex Cathedra

Ex Cathedra

Ex Cathedra is a charity about singing. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to inspired by extraordinary choral singing. At the heart of our organisation is ‘Ex Cathedra’ choir.  Ex Cathedra is a leading UK choir and Early Music ensemble with a repertoire that reaches from the 12th to the 21st centuries. Founded in 1969 by Jeffrey Skidmore, the group has grown into a unique musical resource, comprising specialist chamber choir, vocal consort, period-instrument orchestra and a thriving education programme, aiming to explore, research and commission the finest choral music and to set the highest standards in performance and training.

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