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

Helen Yeomans workshop, Bath

23 Nov 14, The Gateway Centre, Snow Hill, Bath, BA1 6DH

A day workshop with Helen, one of the country's best-loved community ...

Harmony Singing Workshop - Radstock, Somerset

23 Nov 14, Victoria Hall Arts Centre, Church Street, Radstock, BA3 3OG

Sunday afternoon workshop. Experience the joy and fun of singing with ...

Vocal Techniques Masterclass - Radstock, Somerset

25 Nov 14, Victoria Hall Arts Centre, Church Street, Radstock, BA3 3OG

Does your voice get tired or strained after a day of ...

Wintersongs Marsden

26 Nov 14, Marsden near Huddersfield

In Good Voice and Thieving Magpie present Jenny Goodman leading winter ...

The Healing Power of Vocal Sound with James D'Angelo

28 Nov 14, Ammerdown Centre, Radstock, Bath BA3 5SW

James D'Angelo will draw upon the following various categories of soundwork ...

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

Return

The song is called 'Return' and is about autumn and the cycle of life. Written by Helen Yeomans and recorded by Glorious Chorus, it is featured on the CD 'Tender Heart' available at http://www.helenyeomans.co.uk/

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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