Victoria Music Ltd was founded in 2007 and formally incorporated as a company in 2013. We are a registered charity which aims to promote access to the arts for all, irrespective of age, ability, or means to pay.
Our belief is that the arts should be open to all, everyone is welcome with VML. Our adult music section look forward to entertaning you with a selection of some of our past show pieces at the Singathon!
SCHOOL HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS
We provide free workshops for children in low income families, and others who meet with barriers to participation due to ability, learning difference or cost. The week long workshops run for three hours per day with the children being coached in singing, acting, and dancing, by professional tutors. They can also try their hand at scenery, costume, and make-up. The workshops are co-staffed by our young members, who also have a say in how the workshops are run. Our safeguarding officer and a team of CRB checked volunteers support the workshops, and the week culminates in a show for parents.
Participants take part in full length shows and learn stagecraft, acting, interpreting scripts, writing for the stage, and many other disciplines, at the weekly sessions. Two of our most recent performances, Evacs and Peter Pan Goes Pop! have been devised by VML members, and there is frequent collaboration with Vocalise and the adult drama group. Wednesdays from 5.30 – 7 at St Michael’s church hall.
The adult drama group has grown significantly since it began in 2016. The group both performs and devises, as with the play Evacs, about wartime evacuees. The latest performance has been Hamlet, with The Crucible and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice planned for 2018. Wednesdays from 7-9 at St Michael’s Church Hall.
VML Music is all about the craft of singing and performance for VML’s young people and adults. They have performed multiple musical showcases and have also collaborated with the drama groups as with Our House : The Musical. In between shows the adults take part in fundraising showcases and challenge weeks with the aim being to give Halton adults coaching in singing and performing musical numbers, whilst also improving their physical and mental wellbeing. Thursdays from 7-9 at St Michael’s Church Hall.
Vocalise is the singing and performance project for children and young people. The emphasis is on fun and confidence building, incorporating performing arts coaching which would be costly if accessed from commercial providers. The children often cross into VML music and Youth Drama, whilst also taking part in the half term workshops and other performance opportunities such as the recent Bethlehem Bound. They make friends, build their confidence, and gain valuable skills in communication, resilience, and self-improvement. Saturdays from 10 at St Michael’s Church hall.
THE BIG SING
Our open singing group is for pure health, fun, and wellbeing. Singing has been proven to improve both physical and mental health, and this group is all fun without the pressure of performance or solos. A great bridge into VML Music for those who wish to challenge themselves, or a worthwhile social and fun activity to boost your health. Every Tuesday 7-9 at St Michael’s Church Hall.
This group is for anyone who feels that they need to improve their wellbeing or experiences loneliness. You will take part in activities designed to improve your mood such as crafts and singing for pleasure. You can come and go as you please and you don’t have to come to every session.
Little Treasures is our parent and toddler group. 9 – 10.30 Mondays at St Michael’s from February 2018 and all for £1 per child including tea, toast and juice for the little people! All adults DBS checked and liability insurance in place. Come join us!
DANCE WITH SUGAGILL
Dance for health and enjoyment and learn a range of styles with professional dancer Gillian Orrett. Wednesdays from March 2018 at Halton Lea community hub. More details soon. Click here for more info!