Following last week’s excitement when Voices for Life were invited to bring together 90 children from schools to perform in front of Her Majesty the Queen at St John’s 850th anniversary service, a further 100 children from B&NES and Wiltshire will feature in Voices for Life’s debut album to be released on 9th February.

Bath-based Voices for Life, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at enhancing the lives of children through music, is proud to announce the release of their debut album, “Extraordinary!” by local writers Jools Scott and Sue Curtis.

This exceptional project showcases the power of collective individuality, featuring the voices of 100 children, aged 6 to 11, from nine schools across Bath, Northeast Somerset, and Wiltshire.

At a time where children’s well-being faces numerous challenges, Voices for Life addresses the growing concerns about mental health and development by providing a unique blend of singing and well-being activities. The Extraordinary! album is a testament to the transformative impact of music on young minds, fostering confidence and skills that extend beyond the melodies and helping children recognise and celebrate the extraordinary ordinary in all of us.

The initiative responds to a critical need from the negative impact of the pandemic on children’s emotional development. Voices for Life aims to bridge the gap in music education by engaging primary school children in the UK, especially those in disadvantaged areas, where access to sustained music tuition and extracurricular activities is limited.

Extraordinary! is a very different album. It is not perfect and deliberately so. It is a celebration of the collective individual. These are not children who sing or rehearse in choirs. These are children who are experiencing the power of their voice for the first time and how it sounds and feels to sing alongside others. In doing so, they are growing in confidence, learning about life, and understanding the joy that music brings to them and others, and the community it creates.

Voices for Life invites you to experience the magic of “Extraordinary!” and join in celebrating the voices of the future. The album became available for preorder on February 5th, with the official release on February 9th at 10 am.

The Marchioness of Lansdowne said “It really is extraordinary to see the impact that Voices for Life has on the lives of young people, It is not just about singing. It is about the way that singing is learned and the meaning behind the words that creates such confidence and sense of self.”