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Singing event returns to raise money for music therapy

A popular singing event returns at the end of the month to raise as much money as possible for charity.
123sing! will run from September 30th until October 2nd and invites families, choirs and schools to take part in singing events to fund music therapy for sick, disabled and vulnerable children at the Classic FM Foundation.
Organised by Classic FM and Making Music, the event asks singing groups to dedicate a performance to 123sing! and raise money for the charity as well as hear their next concert promoted on the radio station.
Schools, meanwhile, can get involved by dedicating an assembly or lesson to the event and use the dedicated curriculum-linked lesson plans. Children can bring in donations for the cause and by signing up, the school can win Yamaha musical instruments as well as an invitation to the Classic FM Studios in London.
The lesson plan is adapted from the Sing Up primary school education organisation and gets children thinking about their bodies and how some people might not be as able to do certain things because of their disabilities. The plan also gets kids warming up their voices and having a go at singing.
Those not involved in choirs or schools can still get involved in the good cause. Individuals are being encouraged to get in the singing spirit by having a sing-along at home or join 123sing! events that will be held by amateur groups across the UK.
For example, the Chester Bach Singers will be holding an open rehearsal and has invited anyone and everyone to come along and sing-along for the night or even to consider trying out for the choir.
The Oscars Theatre Academy, finalists of Classic FM’s Music for Youth, will be putting on a concert of Les Miserables, while the Norwich Philharmonic Society will put on a concert to local shoppers in the city centre.
Through these events, the charity hopes to raise over £100,000 this year to provide music therapy for thousands of vulnerable children in the UK.

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