WMS Big Sing 2020 – Wakefield ONEVoice

Fri 3 July 2020

Our Big Sing entered it’s 10th Anniversary this year and the celebrations were going to be even bigger. It became evident early on that things were going to be a little different this year. No beautiful Wakefield Cathedral, no appreciative live audience and no mass choir of 400 eager smiling young faces and voices. So what did we do? Move the whole thing online and celebrate it over a longer period with 3 virtual events! The response and engagement has been truly amazing and humbling with over 70 Wakefield schools registered and a multitude of lockdown families taking part from home.

So if you haven’t taken part so far, why not spend a good day at school, or a night with all the family, learning all the tunes and join us for the Grand Finale of WMS Big Sing on the 15th July when we will go live on Facebook at 10.30am. You can find more details by clicking here

Here’s a summary of all of our BIG SONGS…..


Here’s the full vocal version to the launch song ‘ONE’. A song about unity and coming together in harmony through Music. Potential future Eurovision entry for Wakefield! Big thanks to Mr Nick Park for producing the video. Get learning all the words and sign language! You can also find the backing track on our YouTube Channel. Written by Phil Needham.


RIGHT THERE WITH YOU was a brand new song written on Thursday evening after clapping for the Nurses and launched on the 12th May at part 1 of the Big Sing – International Nurses Day. An upbeat song with an electronic 80s groove and dedicated to the NHS. Written by Phil Needham.


BIG WHEELS was the key song for part 2 of of the WMS Big Sing on World Bicycle Day – June 3rd. Written by Phil Needham and dedicated to all the Teachers, Youth Workers and Professionals that keep the cogs turning and work together to keep things moving for our young people. The song has a message about working hard, keeping going and not always taking the easy route. It’s sometimes good to tackle the mountain, get to the top and see where you have come from and where you are heading – the rewards in life can be far greater. Keep Singing, Keep Cycling and Keep Smiling!


1,2,3, GOOD TO BE ME! The first of 2 songs for the final instalment of the WMS Big Sing 2020 on the 15th July.

This is a favourite on the national ‘Sing Up’ site and was written by Geraldine Gaunt, Mel Barber and Phil Needham as part of the ‘SEAL Songs in Action’ resources which many schools use up and down the country. The song is easy to learn with really accessible sign language performed by ‘Music and the Deaf’. The song celebrates the individuality of every single person whatever their talents, abilities, background, colour or religion and should be performed with lot’s of smiles!


WE CAN BE KIND is the final brilliant song for the Grand Finale of WMS Big Sing on the 15th July at 10.30am. A reflective song that basically says that ‘kindness’ is one of the greatest gifts we have to give to one another, especially in these times. The song is written by David Friedman and sung by Nancy LaMott. This version has beautiful British Sign Language created and performed by Dr Paul Whittaker OBE. You might also want to check out another performance on a previous post by our very own Zoe Dunphy – ManyVoices Choir and previously Wakefield Youth Choir. Look out for Paul’s sign language video tutorials too!