My Morning Song is a cross-cultural musical and educational partnership between British and Vietnamese primary schools, based on Elgar’s Chanson de Matin. It ran until the end of February 2022 and received funding from the British Council. 

The project saw classes of primary schools in London and N.E. Scotland write their very own ‘morning songs’ in response to the work by Elgar, a YouTube clip of which is below. Schools then exchange their song with songs written by classes of children in Hanoi, Vietnam. The children communicated across the world through the universal language of music; learning and appreciating more of each others’ culture, as well as developing musically and engaging with multiple national curricula in both countries.

Each school received a professional recording of their song and was paired with a Vietnamese school. In the past few weeks the children have met each other through video messages and compared and contrasted each other’s mornings; not only through the words of songs but through the story told through the pitch, dynamics, tempo and rhythm.  All the children realised that although 6000 miles apart they have lots in common with each other and explored the famous Jo Cox quote, “We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.”

“I am delighted that this project will not only allow children to develop musically and culturally, but facilitate cross-cultural communication and connection – something that we’ve all missed in the last few years.  I am also thrilled that through the resources produced, Vietnamese schools will be writing their own Morning Songs for years to come!” Caroline Sharp , Violinist & Educator who is deeply involved with the project. 

Elgar’s Chanson de Matin
SenTia School and All Souls Morning Song with words/subtitles
Trang An Primary School and St Andrew and St Francis with words/subtitles

Discover more about All Souls CofE School, Westminster here
Discover more about St Andrew and St Francis CofE School, Brent here
Discover more about Caroline Sharp here