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An AmaSing Second Year

Posted on March 20th 2019

For the past two years we have proudly sponsored AmaSing, a community interest company in Chester. We became involved with company thanks to the head of our commercial law department, Tim Polding who is an advisor to the company.

AmaSing works with schools, colleges, universities and art specialists all year round to develop and enhance the wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem of children.

Last Year

In 2018 the project was a huge success , all three shows at Chester Storyhouse were sold out and full of talent. They were so fantastic that AmaSing were later awarded the ‘Highly Commended Performing Arts Award’ by the Cheshire West Community and Voluntary Arts Awards.

This Year

This year the shows ran from 11th to 13th March at Chester Storyhouse and involved 34 primary schools from Chester and Ellesmere Port as well as students from the University of Chester, House of Dance and The Hammond School. There were also choirs including, Voicebox from Catholic High School, Manchester Show Choir, Deesign and Harmonix Vocal Collective.

It is a fantastic collaboration of the arts, nurturing school children in the local area with singing, dance and drama. Leading up to the show, there are workshops focusing on everyday issues such as dementia and refugees and the children are taught key skills through a variety of methods.

Importantly, two of the songs sung by more than 1,000 children were written in aid of charities Young Minds UK and Dementia UK. The children also sang songs which supported Chester Zoo’s Palm Oil project, and a song written by composer Matt Baker in aid of the Refugee crisis.

We were also pleased to see the AmaSing gallery – a new addition this year – in the Garret Theatre. The inspirational artwork exhibited was all produced by the community.

Team members from Oliver & Co. and their guests attended the event on 13th March. Associate Director, Tim Polding, said; “We are delighted to be able to support a local, community based, project which succeeds on so many levels – from showcasing talent and giving the children taking part a huge amount of confidence and enjoyment to promoting and raising funds for excellent causes which are relevant to them.”

See our pictures from the night below! You can also learn more about AmaSing by clicking here.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all of those who were involved in the AmaSing shows, particularly Rachael Borman, Director of AmaSing who works so tirelessly and passionately to bring everything together and put on the awe inspiring performances.

Photo credit: W777 Photography by Will Hay

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