The concept of Sing a Book is to support children’s understanding of stories through the medium of song – bringing books and characters to life while developing a love for reading.
Sing a Book was started in 2014, writing songs that link to books. We offer CDs and resources that can be purchased via the website to use in the classroom. Our workshops and termly after-school clubs, which are based on a focused book, author or theme have proven to raise pupil’s confidence, improve their public speaking skills and writing.
The creative subjects play a key role in some children’s learning, helping them to understand the text through role-play. A class performance after reading a book, accompanied by the song, can raise children’s competence in speaking and listening while giving them the opportunity to exhibit their learning and enjoyment for reading.
Don’t just read it! Sing it!
CEO and Founder
Evadne Bygrave has worked in challenging primary and secondary London schools and abroad for 18 years as Assistant Head Teacher, subject leader, classroom teacher, parent governor, Life Coach/mentor and TESOL (Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages).
Evadne writes and performs all the songs. Her wide-ranging experience, including working with reluctant readers, helps her to create music using current and traditional compositions guaranteed to engage the children.
In 2015, Evadne wrote and staged her first musical, an adaptation of Anthony Browne’s story ‘Into the Forest’. Examining the thoughts and emotions of the main characters allowed children and audience to empathise with their dilemmas. In 2016 she started to deliver Literacy based singing workshops and performing arts after-school clubs, based on authors, books and school topics.
Evadne has a detailed understanding of how children in developing countries value and crave education. This is reflected in the campaign song that she composed for The Steve Sinnott Foundation’s ‘Education for All ‘ awareness day.
As a practicing teacher, she understands the intense demands and pressures of the profession. So, the songs are fun, easy to learn and teach and incorporate the arts into the National Curriculum, while helping teachers deliver broad and balanced learning.
“The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it. Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.”
Pete Tidy taught in nursery, infant, junior, primary, secondary and special schools for 25 years, specialising in English, Drama, P.E., PSHCE, French & SEND. Subsequently, as Creative Director of Primary Colours, he devised, directed and performed Theatre-in-Education for audiences aged 3-16, performing to over 100,000 children in 500 schools across England and delivered diversity and inclusion training to 6,000 teachers, via INSET and writing and editing books and resources for children and teachers.
He currently works with adults aged 50-85, using improvisation to create, share and perform stories and combat isolation.
His (s)heroes include Maya Angelou, John Godber, Eniola Aluko, Lemn Sissay, Martina Navratilova, Peter Cook, Athena Kugblenu and Nick Hornby.
Business Affairs Director
Michael is a UK-based entertainment lawyer and music business consultant. He has worked in the music industry since 1996 enjoying successful stints at Island Records and the Association of Independent Music (AIM), a music trade association that represents independent record labels.
Since 2014, in addition to working with independent artists and music businesses on an ongoing basis, Michael has worked on a number of creative stand-alone projects in various capacities and has been involved in producing roadshows, theatrical productions and cross-cultural collaborations and volunteer projects.
Michael supports a diverse range of grass roots creative projects
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”