WorldSkills London 2011


2011 is turning out to be a busy year for young Southwark singers.


Southwark EIS Children's Choir performed in a concert at the Southbank's Queen Elizabeth Hall in April and then took part in Southwark Splash at the Royal Festival Hall in June.  Through these events, hundreds of young singers from schools across Southwark have developed their confidence and performance skills. 


Now the 375 voice Southwark EIS Children's Choir has performed by invitation from WorldSkills London 2011 for its sell-out Opening Ceremony, playing to an audience of 10,000 at The O2 Arena on Tuesday 4 October 2011.  Click on attached documentation below.


The singers, drawn from 11 Southwark primary and secondary schools, started rehearsals in early September working with a team of gifted vocal tutors including Lea Cornthwaite, Kate Hayes, Anna Corcoran and pianist, Ross Power to prepare a diverse range of  traditional and contemporary musical material drawn from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and arranged into a 15 minute medley by Matthew Moore.


Richard Mallett Arts Management was engaged by Grass Roots UK to manage the project for Southwark Excellence in Schools and to fix an 8 piece professional band and a bagpiper to play for the production.  The creative team was led by Karen Gillingham (director) with Hannah Conway (music director) and Natasha Khamjani (choreographer).  
SEIS aims to give as many Southwark children as possible the chance to perform in special venues and WorldSkills London 2011 offered a wonderful opportunity for their further development. 

Held in a different country every two years, WorldSkills London 2011 celebrates the all-too-often unsung heroes of practical skills and trades.


From 5-8 October, 150,000 visitors from across the globe will visit ExCeL London to watch 1,000 of the world’s most skilled young people from over 55 countries/regions compete in 46 individual skills competitions.


To find out more about WorldSkills London 2011 or to register to visit the event, visit

For further information about Southwark EIS arts education initiatives, please contact:


Richard Mallett

Performing Arts Producer

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