WSCM2020, July 11-18 2020, Auckland New Zealand

Jeremy Haneman

SINGING OUR LIVES – A HAVEN FOR MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

Country: United Kingdom

Jeremy Haneman’s presentation will look at the role that choral singing can play in opening hearts and minds to people from other cultures by exploring a ground-breaking project called Singing Our Lives that has been running annually since 2016. Initially started in London UK, the project has been growing every year and won international acclaim.

Singing Our Lives, in partnership with the United Nations Migration Agency IOM (International Organization for Migration), has reached thousands of people and brought them together in workshops and concerts to create new songs in conjunction with refugees and migrants.

This workshop presentation will detail the documented principles and methodology behind Singing Our Lives including using Open Space technology as a tool for collaborative community song writing and will show ways to build community with whatever choir you have and how to welcome refugees and migrants into your ensemble.


Jeremy Haneman is an internationally renowned conductor and musical director who specialises in choral and operatic repertoire. Born in Australia, he has been based in London since 1996 and has devoted his life to helping as many people as possible to find their voice and create a better society. He is the Co-Director of Together Productions, a company that produces ground-breaking work using choral singing and the arts to inspire social change.

Jeremy is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and he did the inaugural Master of Music in choral conducting at the University of Cambridge. Since 2011 he has been the inaugural Community Chorus Director for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden where his work includes being Artistic Director and Conductor for the acclaimed 150 voice Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus.

Jeremy regularly runs workshops for the Royal Opera House on musicianship, choral conducting and vocal technique and he is the musical director and founder of the Royal Opera’s annual choral festival, FUSED.

In June 2017 he conducted the world premieres of new commissions for both the Mixed Up Chorus and the Royal Opera House involving musical workshops with refugees in the UK at a sell-out concert at Milton Court, Barbican London and again in 2018 for the annual ground-breaking Singing Our Lives Project which he founded.

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