My main interest is in singing with the whole body, playing and improvising with the voice. I am interested in folk songs from the British Isles and Germany as well as other singing traditions from around the world.
Before the first Covid lockdown, I was exploring setting up a regular group for singing in Withington, South Manchester. As part of this exploration, I planned and led two singing taster sessions at St Paul’s Church, Withington for interested singers to meet me and experience singing together in harmony. Here you can watch us sing a mash up of ‘Hoore herendal’, a waulking song by Frankie Armstrong, and the Scottish folk song ‘Dance with your shadow’. During the pandemic I hosted 4 ‘Virtually Singing’ events on Zoom and 3 virtual sacred singing circles. In November 2019 I led two ‘Come and Sing’ singing taster sessions in Withington.
Singing has always been part of my life. My mum used to sing to my brothers and me and I remember my nana teaching me folk songs and love songs. During Advent (the four weeks leading up to Christmas), with the evenings drawing in, the whole family would gather around the Advent wreath and sing German Christmas songs.
As a young woman, I joined my University’s choir and enjoyed singing and travelling with others. A couple of years ago, I was introduced to the Natural Voice Network and discovered a passion for embodied singing, playfulness and improvisation. I want to share this passion with others, especially those who have been told they can’t sing because they don’t have a “nice voice”, no formal training or a disability. None of this should stop us from singing together and connecting with each other.