Combining choirs for a large-scale performance can be rewarding. If the choirs comprise different generations, differing vocal timbres can add musical possibilities. A school in London operates two choirs in partnership: one for adult members of the school community and a student choir. They perform large-scale works together regularly. Interviews were undertaken with adults to understand their experience of the partnership. Frequently research explores students’ engagement but rarely are the views of adults sought. Intergenerational music-making involves challenges such as participants working collaboratively and not in competition. Participants in this case study discuss the impact of singing in a choir with sons or grandsons and implications for family and community cohesion through music-making are explored.


Collaboration, Intergenerational Music Making, Music Performance, School Music Departments, Adult Musician Perspectives, Qualitative Inquiry

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Andrew Sutherland completed his PhD in Education through Monash University in Melbourne. His research interests include: music curriculum, music ensemble collaboration and film music. He currently lives in London and teaches at the London Oratory School. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: asutherland76@hotmail.com.

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