Singing in Community

Dear Friend,

In a world that needs harmony, peace and connection, singing together is a unique bridge. Singing lifts us up, and creates harmony and strength.

As someone who has participated in the past in one or more of our music/singing programmes, you will perhaps have experienced the power that singing has to transform the separation within and between ourselves. With this in mind, we’d like to let you know about a few opportunities coming up to join with us again in song.

Singing in Community

An experiential workshop on the principles of
teaching voice and harmony
with Kate O’Connell and Bill Henderson
14–20 September 2013

The week is both for those who want to lead others into song in their group work and those who want to run a community choir. Last year’s participants have gone out to lead choirs with people who have retired, with youth, hospital residents and community groups.

This course was a perfect balance of skills development, practical experience and fun.

Emma, Yorkshire, UK

Contents include:

  • Develop your natural voice
  • Principles of natural voice singing
  • Improvisation and creating your own song
  • How to teach a song
  • How to structure a session
  • Group management
  • Songs in a social and cultural context
  • Repertoire
  • Musical technique and rhythm
  • Individual teaching practice

This workshop is being offered by Findhorn Foundation College. For more information and to book, please click here.

New Year Celebration – Crossing the Threshold

with Barbara Swetina, Fabien Barouch and Javier Rodriguez
28th December 2013 – 3rd January 2014

Between Christmas Eve and 4th January the veil between the worlds is thinner than normal, making this a very special time not only to celebrate and be merry, but also to reflect, turn inwards, be still and listen.

These seven days provide an opportunity to consciously step over the threshold into a new year. A mix of community celebration through song, dance, creativity and ritual, with time allowed for a journey of self-reflection, connecting with the stillness ever present at the heart of our being. New Year’s Eve, also known as Hogmanay in Scotland, is celebrated with the community in traditional manner. Space for rest and relaxation, as well as for pure, delightful fun!

For more information and to book, please click here.

EarthSings 2014 – Singing for Unity and Wellbeing

12–19 April 2014

After the phenomenal success of our EarthSings conference this past spring (see reviews on the left), we are back again with the incredible teacher and performer Kathy Bullock, who shares from the African American tradition. Kathy has the ability to inspire and motivate people and she brings the audience quickly to their feet.

Our other guest teachers/performers are:

  • Nana Mzhavanadze — Georgian Harmony singing.
  • Fiona Mackenzie — teaching Gaelic song and performing with the four-piece band Cruinn.
  • Girish — Kirtan singing from India. Known on the Bhaktifest circuit, he will perform a concert featuring his eclectic approach to sacred music.
  • Father and daughter Nick and Susie Prater – both compose and share classic songs in harmony. Susie directs the Shakti Sings Choir at the Glastonbury Festival and will be offering workshops directed at encouraging younger singers.

Hosted by Peter Vallance with local song teachers Bill Henderson, Kate O’Connell and Barbara Swetina, the conference will feature daytime workshops, participatory events and evening concerts.

For more information and to book, please click here.

Looking forward to singing together!

Sandra Mitchell
For the Communications Team

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7 August 2013