We know that lots of teachers like to sing, for their own pleasure and musical development, to enhance their teaching, and for the experience of working with their peers. So we want to showcase teachers singing together at national level.
The National Teachers Choir (NTC) is an unauditioned choir that builds singing confidence and achieves singing excellence. It brings together teachers from across the country and across key stages, to develop them as a national choir with a focus on performance, whilst also celebrating the power of the voice by building a national network of ambassadors for singing in schools, linking into local networks.
Explores vocal techniques, repertoire and leadership
Enhances musicality and choral excellence
Performs to a high standard in national public arenas
Learns and disseminates good practice around vocal health for teachers
Shares ideas for developing singing in schools and across music education hubs
Enjoys the wider benefits of singing together
Offering weekend programmes of rehearsals and workshops, with top quality leadership
Securing, and working towards, national performance opportunities
A range of styles and genres, including popular and light classics, uplifting gospel and other random and funky stuff. We learn everything in a single weekend - fast paced but fun. We're going to challenge and inspire you, but don't worry about being able to read music - there are other ways!
How does it work?
We hold weekend sessions once per term in different places around the country, bringing with us NTC members and recruiting teachers from the local area. It's a great opportunity to visit new places, get away from it all and enjoy singing with other teachers. At the end of the Summer term we have an annual residency at Snape Maltings - the musical mecca on the Suffolk coast - which is the perfect way to unwind after the rigours of the academic year. See Activities page for our story so far and what's coming up next.
'Thank you for yet another amazing NTC weekend... I always go home feeling renewed and inspired'
Meet the team
Ula Weber - Musical Director
Ula is a choral conductor, teacher trainer, vocal strategy consultant and international workshop leader, renowned for drawing the highest standards of performance from choirs of all types and abilities. With a background in teaching, Ula is a Principal Vocal Tutor for Ex Cathedra and Project Leader for its award-winning Singing Playgrounds programme, Head of Events for national choral organisation Sing for Pleasure, and conductor of CBSO SO Vocal, CBSO Children's Chorus, Birmingham City Council Choir and the National Polish Folk Choir.
Baz Chapman - General Manager
Baz is an education and music education programmes specialist. Previously Programme Director at Sing Up, the National Singing Programme, Regional Director of Teaching Leaders, West Midlands Director of MusicLeader and Chorus & Projects Manager at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Baz works freelance developing projects and programmes in the arts and education sectors.
David Lawrence - NTC Patron
David Lawrence is one of the UK's most versatile conductors, working with orchestras, symphony choruses and national youth choirs. In 2010 he was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award for his conducting, and teachers will know him best as Principal Conductor of Young Voices.