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

Singing Holiday in Romania with Faith Watson

30 May 15, Bran and Sighisoara, Transylvania, Romania

A week of singing and exploring two fascinating areas within the ...

All aboard the gospel train! - sing the roots of American blues

30 May 15, Oxford, venue to be confirmed

A fabulous day of gospel singing with Chris Rowbury for people ...

Sing Freedom

30 May 15, London NW1

Go Deeper into Singing Uncover and Free Your Voice Would You Like To: > ...

Singing from the Heart

31 May 15, Heart Centre, 67a Holly Road, Twickenham TW1 4HF

Vocal workshop with Phoene Cave. World, gospel, folk, pop. No experience necessary. ...

Voice and Yoga session

31 May 15, Yoga Base, 257 Liverpool Road, London N1 1LX

Would you like to explore your unique voice through movement? This method ...

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

Guya

"Guya" was written by Christina Mimmocchi in a country town called Canowindra in Australia. The town is famous for its fossil museum, where you can see the some of the oldest fossils of fish dating back 360 million years ago.

Australia had more than 700 Indigenous languages and dialects prior to British colonisation in 1788. Only about 20 of these languages are still spoken and very few non-indigenous people know even a few words of the local language.

The local Wiradjuri word for “fish” is “guya”. This song pays homage to the fish fossils - “the present and the past are one” - and it is also a way of keeping alive the knowledge and struggle of Indigenous people in Australia, which to this day is neither fully acknowledged nor reconciled.

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