Helen Yeomans runs workshops around the country where she teaches her original music to singers of all abilities and experience. A confident and dynamic leader, Helen is known for bringing out the best in her singers and getting to the emotional core of the song. Described once as an 'alchemist' she will leave you amazed at the beautiful sound you can all make! Helen teaches everything by ear. So you don't need to read music. Whether you have sung in choirs for years of have never sung before, all are welcome. Her workshops begin with a body and voice warm-up and Helen tailors her repertoire to suit her singers. Helen's website.
Helen is an inspirational workshop leader, creating brilliant heartfelt music
Mairi Campbell is a key contributor to the Scottish traditional music revival. Her approach to music is rooted, deep and diverse. Ranging from sharing set songs to guiding improvisations, Mairi allows the individual and collective voice to be explored and witnessed. Her gentle and intuitive and light approach brings much joy to the process. As a solo performer Mairi is turning heads and hearts with her music, blending the rugged beauty of a great Highland tune, ancestral storytelling and the power and simplicity of her elemental, rooted voice, drawing on her own deep well of Celtic ancestry to find a music that is both ancient and new.
I went places with word, music and song where I have never gone before and wonder where to next. All of this due to your vision, sensitivity, hospitality and musical integrity, not always an easy path. Thank you.
Delia Rosenboom is an Alexander Technique teacher and choir leader. Alexander Technique is a healing modality which deals with the effect the body's structural tensions can have on the emotional body, and also, in particular, the voice. Delia is both a highly experienced and subtle Alexander Teacher and a singing teacher with particular care about how people actually make sound. She will offer three morning sessions aimed at relaxing the posture and the breath which can have a profound effect on the way the voice comes out. Delia's website.
Delia's teaching style is inspirational: clear, encouraging, positive and fun! ...and helped me to feel really confident although I haven't sung before
Kathy Bullock, teacher of African-American sacred music, brings her deep appreciation of music's beauty, power and spiritual possibilities. She is a Professor of Music at Berea College, Kentucky, where she also directs the Black Music Ensemble, a 70-voice choir that specialises in performance of African-American sacred music. Dr. Bullock presents performances, lectures and workshops in the United States and Africa in the area of African-American music and culture and its influences/connections to other cultures. She has recently been on a research trip to study of African music and culture and will present some of this material. Dr. Bullock brings to her programmes a rich cultural heritage and tradition. She also brings a love and passion for music of all kinds, a deep appreciation of music's beauty, power and spiritual possibilities, and an infectious excitement in the performing and sharing of it with others.
Bella Hardy won BBC Radio 2 folk singer of the year. The 29-year-old whose interpretations of traditional music and her own songwriting have won her critical and popular acclaim will be performing in concert with her band as part of a national tour. Spring 2013 saw the release of BATTLEPLAN, Bella's latest studio album on which new perspectives are given to some of her favourite traditional songs, and her own life intertwines with those of the heroines of folk songs past. BATTLEPLAN is Bella’s most musically expansive and lyrically personal album to date; produced by Mattie Foulds and recorded with her touring band The Midnight Watch.
Sarah Warwick is an internationally renowned singer, songwriter, teacher and healer with many years experience of facilitating workshops in singing and sound healing. After performing in the Kahlil Gibran concert (see below), Sarah will teach a single workshop, Singing Into Bliss, a deeply relaxing and inspirational workshop with sacred sound, meditation and mantra. This gentle nurturing session will include vocal toning, sacred songs, mantras, healing prayers and affirmations with melody and meditation. A sound sanctuary in which to relax deeply into the blissful energy created by singing sacred songs from the heart, and to bathe in the profound silence that comes after the sound.
Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet Concert
The evening will be an opportunity to experience the wisdom of The Prophet, which is deeply pertinent and informative in today's troubled world, tuning in to its spiritual message and allowing the music to touch our hearts. The themes include Love, Marriage, Pain, Prayer and Friendship. The exact composition of the band is to be confirmed but will definitely feature lead singer Sarah Warwick and Malcolm Stern (founder of Alternatives) on spoken voice. Other band members will be drawn from Peter Coyte (co-writer with Seal) on keyboards, singers Barbara J Hunt (who wrote and sang 'King Of My Heart', theme tune for the film Confetti) and Chloe Hunter (vocalist with Away with The Faeries), Ailon Freedman on percussion, Dinah Beamish (plays for Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Jules Holland) on cello, Rob Smith (guitarist for Bliss) on guitar and Martin Elliott (plays for Michael Nyman Band) on bass.
Peter Vallance is your host for the EarthSings Festival. He has lived in the community for 25 years where he is a storyteller, dance workshop leader and Artistic Director of the Universal Hall.
Corrina Hewat, listed previously as a presenter, has regrettably had to cancel.
The following community artists will all be contributing in different ways to the EarthSings Festival.
Kate O’Connell has been a song and voice facilitator for over 25 years. She draws inspiration from the Scottish landscape and culture and likes to share the joy of singing with others. Kate's website.
Bill Henderson has been leading community music groups for 20 years. He uses music to create community, foster harmony and stimulate self-discovery. Bill's website.
Barbara Swetina is a gifted musician who plays many instruments with a wide repertoire of songs. She brought sacred harmony singing into the heart of the community and leads workshops internationally. Barbara's website.