Singing Groups

Drawing on my experiences of working in schools, theatre and initial teacher education, I have developed an interest in people singing together.  I'm a firm believer that everyone can sing, that so-called 'tone deafness' is a misnomer and that anyone who thinks they can't sing can be helped to find their own voice.  I can draw on a wide repertoire of songs from popular, folk, classical and non-western traditions which enable people to sing together, in unison or in harmony, and develop confidence in their own ability to sing.  I'm able to offer one-off workshops or short series of sessions; and I'm also interested in helping people set up singing groups in their own communities.


Holiday Courses for young people in Greenwich and Lewisham.  Although these were primarily focused on instrumental music, we did include singing as one of the activities, partly because getting the whole group to sing together really helped them to bond together and had a positive effect on their other music-making.  Getting reluctant teenagers to take part could be a challenge, but it was always worth it to experience that feeling of everybody joining together to produce a great sound.

Folk Choir Workshops.  When I was playing with the Kittiwakes at folk festivals, I offered to lead vocal workshops as part of the programme.  Southwell was the first of these, where about 30 people turned up and sang Polynesian and African call and response songs, an arrangement of the Northumbrian lullaby Dollia, and an arrangement of one of the Kittiwakes' songs.  (The picture on the right was taken at our final performance, outside the stables where the workshop had taken place.) 
A couple of months later, at Shrewsbury, we were somewhat astonished to find somewhere in the region of 
200 people turning up to a vocal workshop in the upstairs room of a sports pavilion (the organisers had estimated around 30).  I was determined not to turn anybody away, and  the sound of so many voices together was amazing! We offered the group the opportunity to sing with us at our second performance, and I was pleased that many of them chose to do so and really enhanced the performance.  The picture on the left just about gives an impression of the session!

More recently (2017 & 2019), with Morrigan, I led vocal workshops at Tenterden Folk Festival where participants sang my arrangements of folk songs for Morrigan, and later sang them with Morrigan as part of the festival programme.  I led similar workshops with Morrigan in 2019 at Leith Hill Place (Vaughan Williams' childhood home), culminating in a concert on July 7.

The Lark in the Morning at Leith hill Place

Global Fusion Music & Arts.  I worked with GFMA to set up another singing group in the Charlton area, which meets on alternate Tuesdays.  As well as these regular sessions, the group performs at GFMA events, including the Homage to Martin Luther King (Jan 2018 & Oct 2019), The Canaries (play about women munitions workers in World War I) (Nov 2018) and Afrika Jambo Night (May 2019). (See GFMA website: )

Dementia Carers Greenwich.  I have started leading a regular group for the cared for and their carers in Woolwich.  This is very informal, and includes some warm-up songs with movements as well as a range of favourite songs chosen by members of the group.  Please click here for more information.

Alzheimers Society.  I run occasional singing sessions for the Bexley & Greenwich branch of the Alzheimers Society, attended by people with dementia and their carers.

For more examples of past projects and workshops, in this or other fields, please click here

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