Oxford, OX4, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire
Oxford, OX4, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire
Community Choir, Sing For Health, Women's Choir, Online Parkinson's Group, Songwriter.
Emily gets people singing! She has worked in schools, community centres, care homes, in a stroke recovery unit and with the homeless. She coached a massed choir for Age UK and set up classes with Parkinson’s UK, conducting in Christ Church Cathedral. Emily performed in the choruses for Orlando Gough’s Breath Project at The Northwall and Tino Sehgal’s garden installation at Blenheim Palace. She has taken on community choirs and built her own groups and ensembles establishing her freelance practice.
The common philosophy of the Natural Voice Network is to embrace singers of all abilities without judgement or audition and make a safe space in which to experience the joys of harmony singing. Emily works to this ethos and invites you to “celebrate the voice you are born with” (Frankie Armstrong).
In Emily’s choirs you’ll be introduced to an interesting range of music including her own compositions. With the love of the sound of voices, clear teaching, humour and sensitivity to peoples’ different ways of learning she shows how the barrier and the poor view people often have of their own voices can be overcome. She believes singing in harmony is a communal art form, a great equaliser and a life-affirming experience. You are guaranteed to enjoy a sense of accomplishment and connection whilst lighting up multiple areas of the brain.
Singers of all abilities and backgrounds are welcome along for a new chapter of harmony, fun and friendship. Emily is the new leader of this popular village choir. She works to the ethos that everyone is entitled to sing.
Your village choir welcomes everyone – perhaps you are one of these:
-love to sing in the shower or croon in the car
-like to try a new and fresh hobby
-nervous about your voice but like being with people
-last time you sang was at school!
-looking for an opportunity to sing with others for fun
First session is free. Then very low subs are payable as a block for further discount.
Term starts on January 11th 2024
Thursdays 7.15 - 9.15pm
Expect songs that might be fierce, political, profound and fun. Strong contemporary song by living women writers written for women’s acapella voices with new takes on lullabies, work-songs, songs of protest and songs of nature and alt-folk with a twist. Harmony which resonates, charms, inspires and surprises.
Would you call yourself a confident singer able to hold a part in tune with others?
Can you move in time and sing at the same time?
Can you commit to learning lyrics and songs by heart -working towards a performance?
This is not a traditional choir, rock choir or barbershop – there will be no matching T-shirts or floaty scarves. It’s a bit stripey and occassionally bites.
Come and sing with us if you think you’re Feisty enough…currently running a waiting list for memebership
Wednesday evenings 7.30pm -9.10pm Term starts on January 10th 2024.
Tasters by request.
A private choir for students , staff and Alumni of the college. Runs during college term times
Tuesdays 5.30pm -7.00pm in term time.
Be part of an exciting new acapella choir which is different from traditional choirs, classical , Barbershop or Rock/Pop Choir. Meeting on Monday evenings.
Book a Taster by registering your RSVP below.
Expect lively and engaging rehearsals which both uplift and sooth the soul. Singing ticks all the feel-good and well-being boxes. Songs will be taught clearly by ear as well as sometimes with music, sometimes without , sometimes with lyrics , sometimes without! Come ready to learn and laugh whilst making a great sound.
Learn in two, three and four part harmony. Expect an eclectic mix of styles from gospel to groove, folky frolics to vintage pop, intriguing international flavours plus special contemporary pieces composed or arranged for modern acapella choirs.
Monday evenings - 7.30-9pm ( arrive at 7.15pm)
An opportunity to be outside to sing in the changing weather and the changing light. A gentle morning of sharing and singing with chat and refreshments in the shelter too. The community garden was envisioned, made and cared for by people in the area who wanted to make a growing space for everyone.
This session is lead by Emily or Holly each week.
Wednesday Afternoons Cash donations invited.
Whether you’re an experienced singer, a little rusty, lapsed from formal choirs or looking to learn something new for a hobby and activity, singing ticks all the well-being boxes and helps create a sense of community.
All songs will be taught clearly by ear in a non-judgemental way. A friendly and inclusive group. Come ready to learn and laugh whilst making music together!
Starting with breathing exercises, vocal warm-ups, fun games and ditties, this will lead on to simple chants and short songs and rounds, followed by unaccompanied songs from oral traditions in 2- or 3-part harmony. There might be groovy gospel, folky fun, wonderful world music and sing-a-long sillies plus special pieces tailored for non-performing mixed ability choirs.
Whilst it’s great to build skills , many songs will be achievable in a single session, whilst others will need longer to learn and remember. Something for everyone.
All songs will be taught clearly in acapella. There are no stipulations. You do not need to read music.
This friendly and inclusive choir promises to enhance your week. Just walking through the door is your audition!
Pay-what-you-like between £5.00 and £8.00 by card on the door.
New term begins January 10th 2024
Every Wednesday morning 10am -11.30am