Song Vessels highlights the significance of song in children’s early years, within an overarching theme of shared memory. The process involves making audio recordings of parents’ and grandparents' voices and saving them for children to listen to in the future. We all have photographs of parents and grandparents and Song Vessels provides family members with a similarly evocative mnemonic through these recorded voices in song.
The project was developed through a series of workshops and singing events at different East London locations. At Jagonari Women’s Educational Resource Centre in Whitechapel, workshop sessions encouraged parents to share songs, photographs and objects reflecting parenting and childhood experiences. The group exchanged these songs and poems in English and Bengali, and made audio recordings of individual and group singing sessions. At Howards Road Community Centre in Stoke Newington, mother and baby groups recorded some of the songs they regularly sing to their children and at the Idea Store, Whitechapel the Story Time team in the children’s library offered parents a chance to record a song for their child.
Workshops were supported by Roshi Nasehi, Musican, Domenica Pecoraro, Senior Project Officer and Fateha Khanam, ESOL Teacher/Reading Facilitator at Jagonari Women’s Centre; Maya Waldman, Community Musician at Howards Road Resource Centre and Faduma Karshe, Co-ordinator at Idea Store, Whitechapel.