Laura Bradshaw

Location

Based in South Wales.

Specialisms

Community choirs, composition and cross arts for health, songwriting in groups, recordings, videos.

Additional information

Laura trained as a composer and flautist at RWCMD in 1991. Having an interest in people and less formal music making, she then studied with CMW (Community Music Wales) with Sarah Harmon and Frankie Armstrong among others to become a community musician and has never looked back since. She’s now been working in community arts for 30 years.

Laura is the Musical Director of several community choirs including the groundbreaking project Oasis One World Choir – working with people who have been displaced from their home countries, using music as a vehicle for empowerment, welcome, relaxation, fun, health and wellbeing, breaking down barriers/ anti-racism, and helping to enhance local communities regarding humanity, and community connections.

She is also choir director for health and wellbeing choirs : Newport Mind Choir, Take A Breath Choir based at Newport Riverfront Centre, and ‘Indie’ choirs:- Cardiff Canton Singers, Chapter Singers and Porthkerry Community Choir.

Laura composes songs, folk tunes and pieces of music for various instruments and ensembles and in 2020 gathered together some of her ’rounds and riffs’ into a book of  40 “All Year Rounds” to make available for the general public. Currently on Amazon but aiming to also release independently. (Contact me directly)

Laura has a Youtube channel which houses basic videos of rounds/ some workshops/ group collaborations/ choir performances as well as songs created.  She also facilitates the Youtube Account of Oasis One World Choir which showcases the work of the whole choir as well as individuals. Laura is the Musical Director of the choir which involves creating tracks/ scores/ guide tracks/ facilitating choir members ideas into complete songs etc as well as preparing workshop content and performances.

 

Creativity in all it’s forms is incredibly powerful on our journeys to full mental and physical health.

Below are a few songs I’ve created both myself or with groups I work with and even further down a small selection of photos of myself in action with a variety of my groups. :

Many songwriters are driven to create songs about the climate crisis (I think it helps us to keep our sanity!) – this is one that I have performed with the trio Bread and Roses. Just myself and daughter Hannah on this version though.

Free Your Mind, an ‘affirmation’ style song I created to help people (myself included) to escape everyday worries. Sometimes if we remind ourselves often enough we can make our words come true. (Also a vid on YouTube)

Let The River Run Free, words by choir member Kate Duhig, create as a response to the concept of Fracking in Wales and the UK. Sung here by Betws Community Choir. Welsh language section by Neil. Since this performance, myself and Kate have created 3 verses to the song.

Porthkerry Community Choir song created during lockdown. I asked all to bring in a headline from a newspaper – magazine etc.. and somehow this song was created.. Look out for the “Glorious and Griddled Greens” . We’ve performed this a few times live since thankfully.  This choir are situated on the South Wales coast with lucky and much appreciated access to around 5 beeches!

Newport Mind Choir are very prolific in their writing. This is another song we created together when ‘lokdown’ was almost over.. You can sense the slight but hesitant joy in the words.

Lokdown Is Done!

Below is the soundtrack I created for Creative Cwtsh – and NHS Social Care setting commission. There’s a video on my Youtube site showing all the lovely singers who helped with the project. (2 more videos including a “Sing A Mole” game!)

Below is a duo performed with my sister Ruth (also an NVN member) and cellist Jimmy Ottley. The song, “We Are Here Now” is an Capella 4 part song I composed based on the meaning of the names of people I met in a ‘refugee’ centre many years ago.

 

 

My choirs

Cardiff Canton Singers
Description

This choir has been running since 2005. A relaxed session filled with harmony. We have a nice balance of voices.

Session times

Thursdays 7 - 9pm

Chapter Singers
Description

The choir is fairly closely related to the Cardiff Canton Singers and has been running since 2005. We currently have a short waiting list but would welcome more singers to join our bass section.

Session times

Fridays 9.30am-11.30am

Newport Mind Choir
Description

Newport Mind Choir has been running for many years as a relatively small but very creative and welcoming group of people. We often have many more men than women with us.
The choir members have written many songs together and some have even created their own complete songs.
The choir is all about wellbeing and we are a very accepting bunch of people – with no judgement.

Session times

Wednesdays 10 - 12pm

Oasis One World Choir
Description

This is a community arts/ wellbeing and participatory project which the aim to welcome people who have been displaced from their home countries.
We have fun singing, creating our own joint songs as well as listening to each other. We also have a dance element with our movement facilitators June Campbell Davies and Mujib Yahaya. Project manager Tracy Pallant.
Laura is the MD.
We have performed and workshops at a wonderful array of venues and setting sin South Wales – including at Wales International Eisteddfod with Catrin Finch, Green Spaces Dark Skies, Butetown Carnival, WMC, Sherman Theatre, Wales International Museum, St Fagans the Welsh Folk Museum etc
We became an independent CIC in 2020.
We meet on Mondays at the Oasis Centre. Please contact before joining as it’s not an open access choir although we want to encourage those who have been or are going through the UK asylum process to join us.

Session times

Mondays 11.30 - 12.30 womens group. 1pm - 2.30 mixed group.

Porthkerry Community Choir
Description

The choir have been running for approximately 12 years. Currently women’s voices but hope to encourage men with an occasional ‘add on’ choir

Session times

Fridays 1.30 - 3pm

Singing for Breathing and Wellbeing Choir
Description

Laura trained with Phoene Cave as a British Lung Foundation singing leader several years ago and has recently inherited a group from her sister Ruth.
Times to be confirmed but it is hoped to be either a Tuesday or Thursday daytime.
Please email Laura on Laura.communitymusic@gmail.com if you are interested in finding out more.

Session times

To be confirmed

Take A Breath Choir
Description

Wednesdays session 1/ from 1pm – 1.55pm to include anyone who is interested in singing for wellbeing whilst also learning new songs and harmonies.
Session 2/ – 2.10 – 3pm to welcome the general public included those from a care setting – as long as they are supported throughout by carers.

Session times

Wednesdays between 1 and 3pm

My resources

Laura creates choir songs about Human Rights and Earth matters.

Please contact me directly if you have an queries or would like to hear or view a score. At some point the aim is to create a proper \'shop\' online for these songs and pieces of music for anyone who may be interested.
(As well as almost 100 rounds and riffs ranging from plain silly to \"occasions\' nature and human rights)
Also Laura works regularly with organisations such as Mind to facilitate the creation of songs using the concepts and ideas of the clients.
If you or your organisation is interested in creating a song and would like some facilitation then please contact me.

View my resources

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