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Music Education

Season 7, Ep. 4

Robert tries to understand where singing and music are in schools in 2024 and gets a summary from Tim Burnage on how things have changed. He talks to Thomas Leech, director of the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme and we also hear from Eamonn in Dublin on a new initiative run by Chamber Choir Ireland.

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TRACKS : (1) John Sheppard - In pace (extract); Leeds Cathedral Girls Choir and Scholars / Thomas Leech (2) Plainchant: Alleluia tollite jugum (extract); Leeds Cathedral Senior Girls' Choir / Thomas Leech (3) Thomas Tallis - Loquebantur variis linguis; Leeds Cathedral Girls Choir and Scholars / Members of The Sixteen / Harry Christophers (4) Fintan O’Carroll - Suantrái ár Slánaitheora; Chamber Choir Ireland / Paul Hillier - Listen on Apple Music (5) Levente Gyöngyösi - Ubi caritas; Pro Musica - Szabó Dénes - Listen on Apple Music

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