Musical Director, singer/songwriter, workshop leader
“Singing for Fun” Classes
Since 2000 I have been running group singing classes in Sherwood, Nottingham with the aim of encouraging people to sing for fun. These began as WEA classes, but since January 2007 I have been running them independently as “Singing for Fun”. The classes are aimed at anyone who wants to sing in a group, regardless of ability or previous experience. There are no auditions or assessments, and anyone who thinks they can’t sing is particularly welcome. We always start with physical and vocal warm-ups, and participants learn songs from a variety of styles and eras and sing in 2, 3 and 4 part harmony. It is not organised like a formal choir, so everyone can find their own level. The main emphasis is enjoyment.
The classes are run in 10 week blocks roughly following the school terms, at the United Reformed Church, Edwards Lane, Sherwood, Nottingham
Nottingham Clarion Choir
I have been the musical director, conductor and arranger for the Nottingham Clarion Choir since 1988. Clarion is a socialist choir and brings together around 40 people who enjoy singing and broadly agree with the socialist philosophy. It is a mixed 4-part choir. There are no auditions, all abilities are welcome, and no previous experience is needed. The choir has travelled to Germany, Cuba and Swedenand we retain strong links with similar choirs in Oldenburg and Gothenburg. We perform at political events, demos and fundraising events. We practise weekly on Sunday evenings, 7.30 till 9.30 pm at The Place, Melrose Street, Sherwood, Nottingham.