Singing in Community

This programme is not currently scheduled.

For details of registration and programme start time see here.

This course does not require previous participation in an Experience Week.

Bill Henderson & Kate O'Connell

A workshop for those wanting to develop their skills to lead singing groups or incorporate songs into their group work.

The Findhorn Foundation and surrounding community supports an abundance of vibrant singing groups singing inspirational songs of many different styles from around the world.

Bring more singing into your life, your community and your workplace. Many previous participants have gone on to establish new singing groups.

Kate and Bill draw on over 50 years of practice and enthusiasm and a vast repertoire of songs, both sacred and secular. They are passionate to pass on their experience of working with natural voice and song, knowing its beneficial effect and healing power on a personal, community and global level; equally at home teaching a Beach Boys arrangement as a devotional mantra.

Topics explored during the workshop include:

  • Developing one's natural voice
  • Principles of natural voice singing
  • How to teach a song
  • Structuring of a singing session
  • Group management
  • Repertoire
  • Musical technique and rhythm
  • Song and nature
  • Improvisation and creating your own song

All participants will also have an opportunity to teach a song to the rest of the group.

Click on the images below to view two video examples of Kate and Bill at work.

Tiered price (click here for more information): £1010 / £770 / £630

Tiered Pricing

We want to ensure that our workshops and events are accessible to a diverse range of people and recognise that one person’s financial situation will differ from another. So that money is not a barrier to participating in our workshops and events, we offer a tiered pricing structure and ask that you select the price appropriate for your personal circumstances. Please take a moment to read about our tiered pricing here.

Includes 7 nights accommodation and all meals.

Please note:
We are also offering an option to participate in this event non-residentially for the reduced price of £900 / £660 / £520, which includes all the workshop content, meals and refreshments, but excludes accommodation. To book this option only please click here.

To book the residential option please use the booking link above on the right.

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Bill Henderson is a self-employed musician and music teacher with a 'past life' as a sustainable development specialist. He has run community music workshops since before 1990. All of his varied musical activities celebrate and emphasise the role of music in building community and creating harmony.

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Kate O'Connell has worked as a community artist in and around the Findhorn Foundation since the mid-1980s. She has a private practice and is artistic director of Too Many Kooks acappella performance group. She also specialises in improvised harmonies and the healing nature of the voice.

Together Bill and Kate run the Forres Big Choir, now in its 11th year, offer a yearly week on the Isle of Eigg, and collaborate on many community musical projects. They are members of The Natural Voice Practitioners network which is committed to the ethos that everyone is able to sing.