Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Hey L'il Bird

Wow, we sang our hearts out, what a joy! Over 30 people of all ages turned up to this first workshop. Most of us were a bit nervous, not knowing what to expect at all. After some warm up stretches and 'noises' we were soon following Chris with a simple tune. By the end of the afternoon there were some four part harmony songs, including 'Hey L'il Bird'  that sounded rather good!

Chris has a gentle, warm and encouraging approach, it's hard to see how anyone wouldn't get singing and enjoying it. Here's to the next time. Can't wait.

Monday, 6 August 2012

press release 'Come and Sing'

There will be a community singing workshop, in Wivenhoe on Saturday 22nd September in the Congregational Church, The Avenue. Leader Chris Rowbury is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners' Network and has masses of experience with choirs and singing workshops. He teaches harmony songs on a wide range of themes such as gospel, Eastern European and African. His approach to singing is informal, energetic and empowering with plenty of fun and laughter. 

Event organiser and local resident Jo Wheatley said, 'I really enjoyed one of Chris' workshops in Suffolk recently. Singing by ear with a room full of other adults and producing some amazing harmonies was so joyful and I decided to organise something in Wivenhoe. It would be great if this event kindles an interest in a starting a local community choir.'

Jo asks any participants to get to the venue by walking, cycling or using public transport if possible, there is limited parking at the venue for essential car use only.
The workshop runs from 2pm to 5pm, no booking is needed. Pay on the door £10 or £5 for concessions.  For more information contact Jo 01206 827649 jowheatley@yahoo.co.uk

Chris Rowbury

Natural Voice Practitioners' Network  
 Natural Voice is about celebrating the voice you were born with rather than trying to train it to an ideal of perfection. It's about building accepting, non-judgmental communities that sing together. It's about welcoming all voices into a group without audition and working from there to make a group sound. It's about making learning by ear accessible to the whole group so that nobody needs to be able to read music.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Come and Sing!


Wivenhoe and nearby folk are invited to come to a singing workshop with the brilliant Chris Rowbury 

This is for anyone wanting to sing, whatever your level of experience -  we'll be singing by ear so no music reading is needed.

Let's get singing - if there's enough interest we can do more!

It's on Saturday 22nd September 2012 from 2pm to 5pm

@ the Congregational Church, High St, Wivenhoe.

 £10/£5 concessions.

There's no need to book a place, you can just turn up, but do get in touch if you want to - call me, Jo, on 827649 or email  jowheatley[at]yahoo.co.uk