Singing creates a sense of wellbeing, brings communities together and gives us the opportunity to create sounds of power and beauty.

We are all born with a voice. When it is heard, it says something vital about the deepest layers of our identity, our commitment and aspirations.

Singing creates a sense of wellbeing, brings communities together and gives us the opportunity to create sounds of power and beauty.

Singing together is simply the best, most powerful way to make friendships and build lasting communities.

People have always sung its part of what makes us human. To deny ourselves and others that right is unjust.

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Natural Voice Practitioners' Network

Welcome to our online home. We are a network of people who work with voice and song, and who believe that singing is everyone’s birthright, regardless of musical experience or ability.

If you want to sing, you can search for a natural voice choir or workshop in your area. If you are already a singing leader or are interested in becoming one, you can find support, training and resources here.

What is Natural Voice?

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.

For more about Natural Voice, go to the About page.

Why Join NVPN?

The NVPN offers a wide range of support for those working with voice and song: from practical benefits including public liability insurance, a personal web page and ongoing advertising opportunities, to a professional development network, which can provide ongoing support and training. You can keep in touch with other practitioners through our web services, and also meet them in person at our Annual Gathering at Wortley Hall near Sheffield every January.

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Free Monthly Email

Sign up for our free monthly email of upcoming singing events, workshops and new resources available from Network members.

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For Members

For members' events and resources, including research on singing, sample choir constitutions, the NVPN logo and the NVPN members' survey; for copies of the NVPN newsletter or committee minutes; for information on local networks; or to add details of yourself or your choirs or workshops to the website listings, please visit the members' area.

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Upcoming events

Saturday Big Sing December

20 Dec 14, Southsea - St Swithun's Church Hall, Waverley Road, PO5 2PL

Great afternoon of singing! Open to anyone who wants to sing. FREE ...

Solstice Songs Day in Shrewsbury with Helen Chadwick

20 Dec 14, Shrewsbury

A big fat fun day of singing. ...

Black Sail - Lake District Singing in the Mountains

2 Jan 15, Ennerdale, Cumbria - walk from Buttermere over the Scarth Gap pass

Join us for a singing retreat in the Lake District in ...

The Saturday Singers

3 Jan 15, The Back Room, Bridgnorth Baptist Church WV16 4AB (door on right-hand side of building)

Monthly singing workshop led by Jane Read. Everyone is welcome - ...

Sing Amongst the Art - Singing Workshop with Fiona Funnell

10 Jan 15, Southampton City Art Gallery, Civic Centre, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO14 7LP

Learn three fabulous songs, sing a capella harmonies in the beautiful ...

Choirs

Want to find a natural voice choir in your area? Go to our Choirs page and look at the listing.

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NVPN Philosophy

Find out the philosophy behind the NVPN and the principles its members work by.

Philosophy and Working Principles

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And follow us on Twitter: NVPN @NatVoicePrac

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Song of the Month

Rest A Little While

"Rest A Little While" was written last year by Pauline Down, who says: "I wrote it towards the end of December in response to the darkness of winter and the particular feeling of hibernation that I've felt during this very wet winter. I was also in a reflective, inward mood as a result of having experienced the deaths of both friends and members of my community. It's a very seasonal piece about resting during the dark of winter ready for renewal in the spring."

There are 4 parts. It's good for practising close harmony with the top 3 parts, plus the challenge of a bass part that has a different pattern and rhythm to the other three parts.

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Sharing our Knowledge

NVPN is a "Community of Practice" offering formal and informal connections to help you develop your skills and knowledge. Courses, events, resources, tips and ideas, etc., are available to members - click below to log in and select "Community of Practice" from the menu.

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Voice Workshop Leaders' Training

This course offers a unique opportunity to attend an intensive, residential training week on the melodic natural voice. It is designed for people who already run voice workshops or singing groups, or who wish to, or those who want to incorporate voice into their existing work.

Voice Workshop Leaders' Training

Get Our Songbook!

This inspiring compilation of warm-up songs written by NVPN members all over the UK comes as a book with three CDs of the separate parts for 65 songs. There are songs to suit all groups, and they pay tribute to the hugely rich diversity of our expanding Network. You can find more details of To Grace The Earth on our Resources page.

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NVPN member celebrates ten years of her community choir

This video clip was made by Christine Kydd and her choir in Perthshire in Scotland, with singers talking about how they joined. It really shows how a choir can become the heart of a community.

Video of Christine and her choir