Engaging students of all ages to explore, develop and learn through music, we encourage people to develop academically, to grow as musicians, and to learn about leadership, self confidence and teamwork, but most of all we have a huge amount of fun!  A programme of education work overseen by VCM sees VOCES8 and Apollo5 work with more than 40,000 young people each year in partnership with Music Hubs, schools and other educational organisations. The education programme provides teacher training, a unique Young Leaders’ programme, residencies within schools and communities in the UK, France, Germany and the USA, as well as regular training and singing celebration events at the Gresham Centre.  Click here to see an example of a typical successful project!


As co-founder of VOCES8, author of The VOCES8 Method and CEO of the VCM Foundation, Paul Smith has enjoyed more than a decade of work including global travel to prestigious concert venues, schools and universities.

Paul is passionate about the impact singing and the arts can have in the widest possible context - from academic improvement to social skills and building more cohesive communities. He uses that passion to design and deliver unique, inclusive and uplifting performance projects. As an educator and public speaker, Paul has given speeches and created sessions on music and leadership, teamwork, music and creativity, health and wellbeing, and The VOCES8 Method.

Paul is delighted to be an ambassador for Edition Peters, as well as a board member of the 21st Century Musician programme at DePauw University, Indiana, and a trustee for the National Children's Choir of Great Britain. Click here for more information and follow Paul on Twitter @hatchmyideas.


VCM has created and published ‘The VOCES8 Method’, an innovative resource for teachers which encourages whole school music making in a way that links music with literacy, linguistics and numeracy. Based on a research paper from the Institute of Education, The VOCES8 Method exists to have a positive impact on how students learn through music and will better prepare students for their school day and develop key learning skills which will have a conscious and sub-conscious effect on their academic learning process.

There are additional benefits to be gained in the areas of physical and mental health; self-awareness; confidence; teamwork; problem solving, and creative thinking.

The VOCES8 Method has been translated into French and German, has been featured in a number of industry magazines and the national press in the UK and the USA. It has also been the topic of a TEDx talk. The Method is now being used in thousands of schools in nine different countries around the world.  Published by Edition Peters, click here to purchase a copy of the VOCES8 Method book, and for informative videos on how it works, click here

The VOCES8 Method Training Sessions

Led by members of VOCES8, Apollo5 and the VCM team of workshop leaders, either here at the Gresham Centre or at your school.  Contact us for further information.


The Gresham hosts numerous outreach programmes, teacher training events, rehearsal days, recordings and concerts. In 2015 more than 5,000 young people from local schools in Tower Hamlets. Hackney, Newham and beyond enjoyed musical adventures and Young Leader's workshops here and 8,000 people visited here for community workshops, rehearsals, masterclasses or to listen to music. The space is becoming known as a centre for education and performance welcoming both global leaders in classical music and children hearing their first live music in equal measure; excellence and inclusivity stand side by side.

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Education Liaison

Get in touch with Ann Wright our Education Projects Manager, [email protected] to find out more about our  Musical Adventures Programme, Young Leaders Programme, teacher training courses and how to book VOCES8, Apollo5 & Paul Smith to come and sing with your School or Community.  

We are hugely grateful to the many who support our educational outreach, click here to find out all about them.