Rosie Sleightholme

Location

Bristol

Specialisms

I run three fun, enriching, friendly and welcoming community choirs in Bristol. Come and try us out!

Additional information

Rosie Sleightholme is a community choir leader based in South Bristol, UK. A member of the Natural Voice Network, she is passionate about bringing people together through song and absolutely loves the magic that is created through singing in harmony. She welcomes every voice to her groups and teaches by ear, so there is no need to read music.

Brought up in a musical family, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Rosie has always sung in choirs (first experiencing a capella singing as a member of jazz choir The Oxford Gargoyles) and performed her own songs at gigs and festivals all over the UK and further afield (“Utterly wonderful stuff”, BBC Radio).

She came to choir leading when she was pregnant – setting up Womb Sisters pregnancy choir, then Folks & Bairns parent and baby choir, and then Rising Sun Singers community choir, all in South Bristol.

In 2022 Rosie was appointed as new leader for longstanding Bristol choir People of Note, taking over from Nickomo and Rasullah.

Her choirs have featured in Classic FM and on BBC TV and radio. Rosie teaches a range of four part harmony songs from all over the world, keeping a varied repertoire to keep things interesting for choir members, and for her! She also arranges and writes her own songs for choir.

Rosie has done leadership training with Susie Ro PraterVocal Process training with Jeremy Fisher and Gillyanne Kayes, and was trained in breathing and vocal support by Ingrid Rugheimer of the British Voice Association.

My choirs

Folks & Bairns – Parent and Baby Choir
Description

Folks & Bairns is a parent and baby choir based at St Michael & All Angels church, Windmill Hill, South Bristol. The choir enables grown-ups to sing together in a relaxed and baby-friendly environment. It is run by Natural Voice Leader, musician and singer Rosie Sleightholme. Every voice is welcomed, no singing experience is necessary and all songs are taught by ear.

  • Pay termly (standard fee works out at £6.50 a session)
  • First session is a free taster
  • Book here: folksandbairns@gmail.com

Spring 2023 term dates:

  • 9th Jan-6th Feb
  • Half term (2 week break)
  • 27th Feb-27th Mar

What people have said about us:

  • Classic FM wrote a lovely piece about us , which has videos and explains Rosie’s ethos as a choir leader.
  • BBC Points West featured us on their programme, talking about how singing speeds up recovery from postnatal depression.
  • BBC News also featured us on their website.
  • BBC Radio Bristol interviewed Rosie about singing during pregnancy and early parenthood.

Folks and Bairns is my favourite part of the week. There’s something so wonderful about coming together to sing – food for the soul! I always leave feeling brighter after a good old sing song with some lovely parents and their babies. My baby is getting very used to being sung to sleep by a choir
I can’t recommend this highly enough. If you do one thing on parental leave… DO THIS!”  Lowri Ann

“I just wanted to say thanks so much for all your hard work. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Ev was just 6 weeks old and I felt so anxious, exhausted and overwhelmed with the little bundle of joy (!). Singing became a sort of therapy for me. At just the right level – I could learn the beautiful songs and then often spent the rest of the week singing them to Everett – there were times when both Ali and he fell asleep to me humming the songs, and they would keep me company on the long nights I was spending awake. You made it fun yet helped us optimise our sound, and I’m so impressed with how good we sound, even when we are all half distracted by squalling bairns during a rehearsal. Thank you for providing a wonderful way to start the Mondays of my maternity leave. I hope to come along to People of Note in future! ” Miranda Cole

“Rosie runs a wonderful choir, it is so welcoming and friendly. It’s lovely to sing something other than nursery rhymes but to still be in a really baby friendly environment. My daughter loves seeing all the other babies each week and really benefits from seeing the older babies. She sat for the first few times at choir copying the older children.” Beth Freeman-Coad

“As a mum to be the Womb Sisters choir really helped me in the last weeks of pregnancy to stay active and meet other likeminded mums. It made the last weeks’ wait a lot less stressful and it was lovely to have a little bit of sharing time at the beginning of each class. It really felt like I was not alone in this mad time of changes and excitement. The songs were fun to perform, with material I’d never heard before (which was exactly what I was after), there was humming and dancing and clapping and it all felt so good!

I think the songs also helped me bond with my baby; I am convinced he recognised the tunes once he was born. Some became very useful to calm him down when he was tiny – I would play the online choir recordings to keep him happy and entertained on a long car trip. He still loves the songs we sang while he was in the womb! The best of it all is that we are still singing with each other weekly at Folks & Bairns and it is a lovely network of friendly mums and dads. It’s so good to learn and perform new songs, and see the babies develop bonds, grow together and interact as the terms progress. It’s been very helpful and a mental break from worrying or stressing over things. I don’t think anyone can sing and be in a bad mood at the same time. I’d recommend the choirs to every mum-to-be and parent! Hands down five stars!” Ariadna Perrott

“The Womb Sisters choir was a really lovely thing to do. I loved singing to my baby in the womb, and it was so special doing this with others. Being pregnant together and sharing the woes and joys helped us create lasting bonds which were enhanced by coming together and singing in harmony. Listening to each other and creating something together created a warmth which was so important to me in the last weeks of my pregnancy.

After my baby was born I was grateful to have a store of interesting songs to sing her, and to learn new songs, continue singing with the Womb Sisters ladies, and meet other new parents in Folks & Bairns. The relationships we have developed have brought me joy and relief through the inevitable darknesses and bewilderments of new motherhood.

“Rosie is a joy to be taught by, she has inspired me with confidence to sing out no matter how much I judge the sound I make, and the sessions are gentle and fun. I thoroughly recommend!”  Rebecca Burton

Session times

Mondays, 11.30am - 12.30pm

People of Note
Description

People of Note is one of Bristol’s longest standing community choirs. The choir was set up in 2000 by Nickomo Clarke and Nick Petts, and run by Nickomo and Rasullah from 2009-2020.

After several years without a leader, in early 2022 the choir appointed a new leader, Rosie Sleightholme. Rosie is really excited to take the choir forward and to welcome new members to the group.

All songs are taught by ear and there is no need to read music. We sing songs from all over the world, as well as Rosie’s own songs and arrangements.  Rosie’s main aim is to bring people together to experience the joy of singing in harmony.

New members are always welcome! Email to book a free taster in our new term.

Our Spring 2023 term will be 10 weeks, and the dates are:

  • 10th Jan-7th Feb
  • 2 week break
  • 28th Feb-28th Mar

Session times

Tuesdays, 7.30 - 9.30pm

The Rising Sun Singers
Description

The Rising Sun Singers is a daytime community choir based at St Michael & All Angels church in Windmill Hill, South Bristol. It is run by Natural Voice Leader, musician and folk singer Rosie Sleightholme. Rosie teaches by ear and no choir experience is necessary. The choir sings songs of different styles and traditions from all over the world and welcomes new members to come for a taster any time during the term.

Choir runs on Mondays, 2-3pm.

Spring 2023 term dates:

  • 9th Jan-6th Feb
  • Half term (2 week break)
  • 27th Feb-27th Mar

New members welcome at any point during the term

  • Sign up by emailing: risingsunsingers@gmail.com
  • More info: https://www.facebook.com/risingsunsingers

“I’m so happy I joined this lovely community choir. Rosie is a wonderful choir leader and she comes up with a diverse selection of songs that have the most beautiful harmonies. Such a friendly, inclusive bunch of people too.” S Swindells

“I can’t get enough of Rosie’s singing workshops and I highly recommend Rising Sun Singers for experienced singers or novices alike – such an uplifting, supportive natural singing group.” R Andrews

Session times

Mondays, 2-3pm

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