Xenia Davis

Location

South East London

Specialisms

I run community choirs, singing retreats & teach 1:1 lessons.
I am available for bespoke workshops.

Additional information

I’m an experienced choir leader and workshop facilitator with a passion for bringing people from all walks of life together to sing in harmony.

 

I use my warm and inclusive style to create playful and supportive spaces for people of all levels of experience to explore their voices and enjoy singing together.

 

A bit about my singing philosophy and how I teach

I strongly believe that everyone can sing and should have opportunities to do so.

My teaching style reflects this inclusive approach. I teach everything by ear, so it doesn’t matter whether or not you have previously learnt to read music. I avoid using musical jargon – while this works for some people, it can sound totally alien to someone who hasn’t had opportunities to learn music, and can reinforce those really unhelpful feelings of ‘I knew I wasn’t a musical person – I shouldn’t be here’. Loads of music from around the world is learnt and shared by ear and never written down, and that is how I teach my choirs and workshops.

 

A bit about my background

I’ve been singing and playing the clarinet since I was little and I’m currently learning piano and guitar. My earliest musical memories are of dancing round the living room aged 3 in Mozambique, where I was living at the time, to gorgeous harmonies from the South African musical Ipi Ntombi. I’ve since worked in South Africa as an adult, and southern African harmonies hold a special place in my heart.

 

Aside from music, my background is in youth and community work, social action, participation, and training and facilitation.

My choirs

Peckham Rye Sings
Description

Peckham Rye Sings is a fun and friendly community choir based in Peckham and led by local choir leader Xenia Davis.

We sing beautiful a cappella folk, gospel and world music songs in 3 and 4 part harmony. All songs are taught by ear.

We were founded in June 2015 and we’ve grown to around 45 members.

Everyone is welcome to come and sing with Peckham Rye Sings, whether your singing is limited to the shower or you belt out ballads on the London Overground. There is no need to read music, and you don’t need to audition. You can start at any point in the year. And your first session is free, so there’s nothing to lose.

Session times

Mondays, 7.30-9pm

Sing Out Streatham
Description

Sing Out Streatham is a fun and friendly community choir based in Streatham and led by Xenia Davis. We started in January 2013 and have grown to around 50 members.

We sing beautiful a cappella folk, gospel and world music songs in 3 and 4 part harmony, and all songs are taught by ear.

Everyone is welcome to come and sing with us, whether your singing is limited to the shower or you belt out ballads on the bus. There is no need to read music, and you don’t need to audition. New singers are welcome to join at any point in the term.

We sing together, and then usually always head down the hill for a drink/bite to eat/cup of tea at SW16 on Streatham High Road.

We meet at the back of the secondary school site. Come in through the main gates, turn right, and follow the building round, past the football pitch and through the gate, right to the back of the building. We sing in the room on the ground floor with a huge glass window.

Session times

Thursdays, 7.30-9pm

My events

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