I teach simple songs from around the world, by ear. All groups are open to anyone, with no need to read music.
Stoke Sings Festival 2021 will be held on zoom on the 13th March with special guest keynote workshop leader Dr Kathy Bullock from Kentucky, United States.
My recent in-person workshops were:
- Singing in the Autumn on Sunday 6th October 2019 in Stoke-on-Trent with Kate Barfield.
- Singing for Place Making workshops at Art City conference “How do Artists Shape a City?” on Thursday 10th October 2-4pm with Kate Barfield.
- Stoke Sings Festival 2020 workshops and performance, on Saturday 25th January 2020 in Stoke on Trent, with Kate Barfield.
I was introduced to Natural Voice Community singing by the wonderful Jane Read through her weekend workshops. Her Natural Voice approach liberated me from the choral and “show” tradition and enabled me to find my own voice. Jane encouraged me to join Loud Mouth Women led by Kate Barfield, who also runs Clay Chorus and Village Voices singing for lung health group. I have been trained in Body Breath and Voice work by Frankie Armstrong and Sarah Harman.
I started running singing workshops at Staffordshire University where I worked, open to staff, students and the wider local community. I continue to run community sessions at community events around North Staffordshire including Winter songs in the few weeks leading up to Christmas, workshops during summer festivals, flash-mob style pop up sessions and singing for wellbeing workshops. I have run singing sessions in parks and community gardens, terraced streets, at a Women’s Prison, in Hospital mental health wards, with young families, at a drop in for adults with learning disabilities, at groups for refugees and people seeking asylum, and in a primary school.
I regularly work with Kate Barfield and occasionally deputise for her as Choir leader. I run one-day singing workshops, alone and in collaboration with other NVN members including Rowan Godel, Sue Harris, Polly Bolton and Ros Thomas.
I set up the Choirs and Community Singing Facebook group for North Staffordshire/ South Cheshire area to connect singers for mutual encouragment and information sharing about choirs, workshops and performances. In February 2019 I coordinated the first Stoke Sings Choirs Festival, with a group of local choir leaders and singers including Kate Barfield, in support of the Lord Mayor’s Charities. 16 local choirs took part, and the massed sing finale of over 600 voices performing a song specially written for the event was thrilling. The feedback was fantastic so we have set up Stoke Sings as a new project for the city, and are planning regular workshops and events, to promote singing for everyone.