I’ll be teaching beautiful soothing lullabies from around the world, in harmony. Everything with be taught by ear, so no previous musical experience is necessary.
I became a parent for the first time in November 2020. It’s been a strange time to become a parent. For a big chunk of my maternity leave there were no baby groups up and running, so it wasn’t always easy meeting other new parents. I’m really excited to be offering a space for other new parents to come along to and meet each other, and do something that’s nice both for their babies and for THEM!
Singing with my little one has been a total life-line. It’s calmed many fretful situations from nappy changes to long car journeys to visit grandparents. I find that when I’m singing, it calms my breathing, which in turn calms me. And it has also stopped me cursing when a nappy change has gone a bit awry and what you thought was going to be a quick and simple job now requires a full outfit change when you’re already running late – you can’t curse out loud if you’re in the middle of singing a song!
Anyway. I’m very much looking forward to bringing some delicious songs to you, for whipping out in emergency situations, or for just enjoying for the fun of it.
The first session is a free taster session, so book yourself on, or tell other parents about it. And I look forward to singing with you and your lovely babies.
Ever since I started considering leaving my full-time role as Regional Manager at youth social action charity Envision to move fully into the world of music, one of my ambitions has been to set up a charity working with refugees and asylum seekers, and using singing as a way of bringing people together to combat loneliness and isolation and promote wellbeing. In 2017 that ambition began to gather momentum, and Voices Welcome finally emerged into the world. Or at least, secured itself a registered charity number (1173490) and some initial trustees and supporters.
It’s that time of year when everyone starts thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. Here are 7 good reasons why joining a choir should be one of yours.
1. Singing is relaxing – it’s a brilliant way to distract our minds from things that are making us stressed. When we sing we learn to breathe more deeply which is great for relaxation. Singing also releases oxytocin which relieves stress.
2. Banish the January Blues! Singing releases endorphins which are ‘happy hormones’. You’ll have a spring in your step for the rest of the week!
3. Learn how to sing in harmony, improve your confidence singing, and get better at it the more you do it! Every week we’ll start with a bit of vocal development technique and then move on to learning and singing some songs in harmony. You don’t need to have any previous experience or training, or be able to read music, or classify yourself as a “good singer”. You definitely don’t have to audition!
4. All my choirs are flexible. You don’t have to be able to come every week, or commit to signing up to a whole term up front. You can do this if you like, or you can come along on a drop-in basis, as much or as little as you’re able to. You’ll always be welcome, whether you come every week, or just once a term.
5. Meet a whole load of friendly people who live in your local area. Joining a choir is a great way to make new friends. And we usually always pop down the road to the pub for a drink and a chat at the end of the session.
6. It’s good for your health. Singing is an aerobic activity so it increases the amount of oxygen in our blood, exercises muscle groups in the upper body, increases lung capacity, is good for the heart and has been shown to boost the immune system. It’s good for the brain too – it can enhance your memory, concentration and awareness.
7. Your first session is FREE! Totally 100% absolutely free. Nothing to lose.