Carmarthenshire/ Pembrokeshire border
Carmarthenshire/ Pembrokeshire border
Community choirs, Singing in pregnancy, stroke survivors, elders, festival workshops
I currently run two local community choirs and guest teach for other groups, including the Carmarthen Stroke Survivors. My teaching style is playful and supportive. I am passionate about empowering people to feel safe and free making music and singing together.
I teach music from a broad collection of styles and origins, I love songs that make me feel connected to my body and the earth, I love the sense of utter joy and wonder that comes from creating harmonies together.
Before moving to Carmarthenshire I lived and worked in London on a variety of projects with a range of groups, spanning from music for early years, to singing with people experiencing homelessness. I worked extensively in health settings, running Singing for Breathing sessions at The Royal Brompton Hospital and Womb Song singing workshops for pregnant women at Chelsea and Westminter Hospital.
Since moving to Carmarthenshire in 2014 I have worked in collaboration with local Arts Organisation Spanarts to deliver singing in care homes for the elderly and for massed choir Cor Pawb, I have worked with Survivors of Domestic Abuse and young adult care leavers.
I completed a Voice Tutor’s Training Programme with Frankie Armstrong and Darien Pritchard in 2005 and gained a Certificate in Music Workshop Skills at Goldsmiths College in 2010.
Lleisiau Preseli Voices is a natural voice community choir set in the beautiful Preseli hills in Pembrokeshire. The group is inclusive and welcoming and aims to build a strong singing community where you can embody your musicality, indulge your innate human need to groove and get to know a fine bunch of people all at the same time.
We sing in harmony and a capella – without instrumental accompaniment – embracing a broad spectrum of music: Blues, gospel, funk, pop and folk from all over the world, including songs from right here in Wales.
This group is open to absolutely everyone, all ages, races, genders and walks of life, from experienced singers to those who have never been in a singing group. Together we will sing songs that will soothe and uplift, put a tap in your toes and a smile on your lips- singing is your birthright, so step in and claim it.
The group is led by Maya Waldman, a local community musician with 15 years experience getting people singing with joy and confidence. For the past 8 years she has led Sweet Harmony, a 50-strong choir in Carmarthen.
Tuesdays 6.30 - 8.30pm
Sweet Harmony was born in April 2014. There are usually around 50 members, some who have been part of the group since the beginning and others who have joined us along the way.
We sing in harmony and a capella – without instrumental accompaniment – embracing a broad spectrum of music: Blues, gospel, funk, pop and folk from all over the world, including songs from right here in Wales. There is no need to read music – all songs are taught by ear
The singers are very warm and welcome new members.
Absolutely everyone is welcome; humans of all ages, genders, racial heritage and levels of musical experience.
We have taster sessions at the start of each term and then people commit for the whole term. This really strengthens regularity of attendance and allows us to go deeply into the repertoire without having to reteach the parts every week. Members have access to recordings of harmony parts so they can practise between sessions.
Our main emphasis is on enjoying the learning and singing of gorgeous songs together, indulging in the pure deliciousness of creating mouthwatering harmonies, but we also like sharing our repertoire with others. We often do a performance at the end of term and sometimes sing at other events. Our gigs have included the following events/ venues: The National Botanical Gardens, The Narberth A Capella Voice Festival, Carmarthen Inter-faith day and Carmarthen White Ribbon Walk.
Wednesdays 6.30 - 8.30pm