Singing in Community
An experiential workshop on the principles of teaching voice and harmony. This training is for those who want to develop their skills to lead
a choir, singing sessions in group work or otherwise bring about more singing.
The week will be highly experiential. Kate and Bill collectively draw on over 50 years of practice and enthusiasm, with a vast repertoire of songs, both sacred and secular. They are passionate to pass on their experience of working with natural voice and song, knowing its beneficial effect and healing power on a personal, community, and global levels.
They advocate that making one’s own music holds a valuable place in the creation of sustainable futures.
"This course was a perfect balance of skills development, practical experience and
fun" Emma, Yorkshire
"I'll not forget about the healing power of singing in community" Francisco, Portugal
"I immersed myself in the waters of wonderful practical wisdom that you both freely
gave" Bruno, Moray, Scotland.
"You are a fabulous team" Susanna, Moray, Scotland
Topics explored in the training will include:
- Developing one’s natural voice
- Principles of natural voice singing- including posture, / breath / and emotional openness
- How to teach a song
- Teaching aids
- Structuring of a session
- Group management
- Songs in a social/cultural context
- Musical technique and rhythm
- Song and Nature
- Improvisation and creating ones own song
Kate and Bill have been involved with the Foundation community since the mid 1980s and will be able to help participants enjoy their stay here. The programme for the week will provide some opportunities to engage with the daily life of the community, which can give an insight into our life here , especially for those visiting for the first time.
Income related price: £510 / £665 / £795
Apply online here
Kate O'Connell has worked as a community artist in and around the FF since the mid-1980s. She has a private practice and is artistic director of Too Many Kooks acapella performance group. She also specialises in improvised harmonies and in the healing nature of the voice.
Kate O'Connell: www.katesvoices.co.uk
||Bill Henderson is a self-employed musician and music teacher with a “past life” as a sustainable development specialist. He has run community music workshops since before 1990. All of his varied musical activities celebrate and emphasise the role of music in building community and creating harmony.
Bill Henderson: www.billsmusic.co.uk
Natural Voice Practitioners Network: www.naturalvoice.net
Bill and Kate co-direct the Forres Big Choir: www.forresbigchoir.info
Findhorn College, The Park, Findhorn, Forres, IV36 3TZ
Tel: 01309 690806,