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 – it’s 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

The Singing Cyclists ride again

4 Jul 15, Whitehaven, Cumbria to Whitby on the east coast

Join a group of singers cycling across the north of England ...

Singing for Larks Singing in Harmony day with Faith Watson

4 Jul 15, Footprint Centre, Windermere, Cumbria

This workshop is all about singing… for the pure joy of ...

Songs for The Soul - Russian folk and Nigunim in the mountains

4 Jul 15, Spain, Cortijo Romero near Malaga

Join Polina in a week of singing in a breathtakingly beautiful ...

Sing for Water Mini Festival!

4 Jul 15, Turner Sims, University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

Grin the the happy tunes of Southampton Ukulele Jam. Dance to the ...

Singing from the Heart

4 Jul 15, Canton Uniting Church, Cowbridge Road East, CF5 1LQ, Cardiff

A workshop for those wishing to develop skills for improvisation and ...

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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Song of the Month

Mother Hear Me Calling

This is a heartful short chant in 3 parts that works well either as an opening or closing song to bring people into the present moment and their bodies. It's been used with groups of 20 up to 200+. It was written by Janna Goodwille after a women's retreat, and the words speak for themselves. The altos have the lead tune; the parts are easy but there's some challenge in hitting the notes and keeping the pitching on the word 'calling' to really make the harmonies sit. It also works in just 2 parts (soprano & alto).

Movement-wise, it's effective to get singers to raise their arms on the first part of the phrase and draw back placing them on the heart in the second half of the phrase. This recording is of Hackney Harmony community choir led by Sophia Efthimiou.

Download the words and music

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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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