Alise Ojay

Alise founded the Crediton World Music Choir in 1997 and the University of Exeter World Music Choir in 2004 – both choirs being  warm-hearted and non-auditioned, singing a repertoire of secular songs from the world over.

The Crediton World Music Choir ran under Alise’s care for 19 years, until with deep regret, late in 2016 Alise decided she could no longer meet the needs of two choirs and her small business Singing for Snorers. From now on the Crediton World Music Choir will simply meet occasionally for reunions at weekend workshops.

The University of Exeter World Music Choir continues on Tuesday evenings and is open to all students and up to 50% external members. (This is a limit set by the University’s Guild of Students as the choir is a Guild society.)

The University choir aims to create gorgeous music in a warm and welcoming atmosphere which is playful, creative, often wacky (we laugh a lot!) and always from the heart; upon occasion aiming surprisingly high …or adventurously sideways! (See dancing and sign language below …).

Alise’s teaching is clear and creative. All the songs are taught by ear but Alise also provides word sheets and/ or musical scores for more complex songs. For major challenges sing-along sound files are also made available.

As the songs are secular they are open to everyone, regardless of their beliefs, enabling people who might not otherwise sing together to come together in harmony as human friends. As the songs are only rarely in English they are an equal challenge to all choir members regardless of their nationality. Combined with our welcoming openness, these are reasons why the choir attracts a large number of international students.

Repertoire: over the years Alise has taught an amazing range of songs – songs with beautiful harmonies, songs with exciting rhythms – songs from all over Africa, First Nation songs, songs from Eastern Europe, the Middle East, from Australia, from Canada, from North and South America … lullabies, songs of celebration, work songs, laments, love songs – her choirs not only travel the world but the full range of human experience.

Mostly it’s just our voices in harmony though, as singing is most definitely a whole body activity, we’re not averse to the odd accompanying dance!  Occasionally we add some percussion instruments (think Buffalo drums accompanying Native American songs) and a few times we’ve embellished our singing with sign language. Recently we incorporated one of us tap dancing as we happened to have a tap-dancing star within our midst!

Alise is also the author of “Singing for Snorers” a three month triple CD singalong throat exercise programme designed specifically for people who have started to snore or develop sleep apnoea as they have got older, if not solely at least significantly, because they have lost tone in their throat muscles. The exercises target, tone and strengthen the soft palate, palatopharyngeal arch and tongue. The exercise programme has been subjected to a clinical trial at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Hospital – with a positive outcome – and was seen on the BBC One Show in 2015. For more details see: www.singingforsnorers.com.

Location:

Exeter (& now only occasionally in Crediton)