I have been musical director of the Nottingham Clarion Choir since 1988 and have been running Singing for Fun groups in Sherwood and Beeston since 2000. All of these are open to anyone who wants to join – there are no auditions, no experience needed and you don’t need to read music. All the groups begin with a warm up and the songs are taught by ear.
Nottingham Clarion Choir is Nottingham’s socialist choir and currently has about 40 members. We sing a range of political songs, both historical and current and we perform regularly at political events eg. Mayday, peace movement events, Trade Union events and festivals, Labour party events etc. We sing a cappella in 4 part harmony and like to include humorous items in amongst the heavier material.
The Singing for Fun groups are open to anyone who wants to come along – people who think they can’t sing are particularly welcome. These groups run for 10 week blocks based on the school terms, and we start from scratch each term. We sing a variety of styles eg. pop, folk, gospel, songs from the shows, african, etc. We use a piano accompaniment.
I run a Parkinson’s singing group once a month for people with Parkinsons and their carers. This is a friendly, informal singing group, we start with a good warm-up and then sing a variety of songs just for the fun of it.
I also do occasional Breathe Easy workshops for people with pulmonary fibrosis and other lung problems and Aphasia workshops for stroke victims.