12
Oct

People of Note Taster: Wendy Sergeant

Price Starts from: £10.00

People of Note singing taster evening with Wendy Sergeant

20
Oct

People of Note Taster: Suus Gooch 1

Price Starts from: £10.00

People of Note singing taster evening with Suus Gooch at All Saints Church in Clifton

10
Nov

People of Note Taster: Suus Gooch 2

Price Starts from: £10.00

People of Note singing taster evening with Suus Gooch at All Saints Church in Clifton

13
Nov

People of Note Workshop: Jon Conway & Nick Petts

Price Starts from: £20.00

People of Note singing workshop with Jon Conway and Nick Petts

16
Nov

People of Note Taster: Rosie Sleightholme 3

Price Starts from: £10.00

People of Note singing taster evening with Rosie Sleightholme

25
Nov

“Weird and Wonderful Carols”: Two Christmas themed workshops 1

Price Starts from: £10.00

We’ve got a seasonal treat for you with TWO Christmas themed workshops from the wonderful Chris Samuel. You can book them individually, or both for double the fun.

02
Dec

“Weird and Wonderful Carols”: Two Christmas themed workshops 2

Price Starts from: £10.00

We’ve got a seasonal treat for you with TWO Christmas themed workshops from the wonderful Chris Samuel. You can book them individually, or both for double the fun.


People of Note Taster: Wendy Sergeant
  • Tue 12th Oct 2021, Time: 19:30 - 21:30

  • Location: St Paul's Southville, Bristol

    People of Note invites you to join us for an evening of singing. Along with friendship, inspirational leadership – and fun! This workshop is open to all, as with the rest of our Autumn programme.

    We’re welcoming back experienced and popular choir leader Wendy Sergeant – an old friend to the choir and a delight in store for those new to her.  Wendy is also offering a session on 14th Sept.

    Wendy’s style of teaching is uplifting and inspiring.  She teaches songs by ear and the harmonies build like magic.  Whether you are a confident singer or have only ever sung in the privacy of your own bathroom she will help you use your voice effectively and you’ll find yourself singing four part harmony without really trying.

    Wendy directs the 250 strong “Gordano Gorgeous Chorus” with singers from Portishead, Clevedon and Pill, and runs, with Catherine Smith, Vibe pop/rock choir. She directs and sings with 16 piece a cappella group “The Chandeliers”. She is currently doing the two year “Professional Masters in Innovative Choir Leading” at RAMA – the Danish Royal College of Music and is looking forward to using new skills to teach and conduct her choirs. She is well-known in the Bristol choir scene and beyond, and her arrangements of songs for community choirs are well-loved for being fun and easy to sing while having the power to thrill singers and audiences alike. She arranges and teaches songs from all sorts of genres – world music (many from Nickomo), jazz, pop, folk etc. Some of her arrangements are available for sale on ChoirCommunity.net

    DO COME – AND BLOW THOSE COBWEBS AWAY!


    People of Note Taster: Suus Gooch 1
  • Wed 20th Oct 2021, Time: 19:30 - 21:30

  • Location: All Saints Clifton, Clifton

    People of Note invites you to join us for an evening of singing, friendship, inspirational leadership – and fun! This workshop is open to all, as with the rest of our Autumn programme.

    We’re looking forward to two evenings with an exciting and warmly recommended young choir leader, Susannah (Suus) Gooch. Suus is also offering a session on 10th Nov. Both sessions are in All Saints Church in Clifton, as a change from our other autumn events. This is a magnificent building with stained glass windows by the artist John Piper and ‘An interior with a stunning quality of acoustic unparalleled in Bristol’. Do try to join us for one or both.

    This is what Suus is planning:

    For these two sessions I want to share my love of Arabic music with the choir. I have two songs to bring that I learnt while living in Jordan. One is a traditional song that speaks of homeland and belonging that is arranged for three parts. The other is from the Andalusian poetic tradition and is called Lama Bada Yatathana (Fairuz sings a classic version, if you’d like a taste!). While Arabic music tends to focus on lyrical melody over harmony, harmony is my other great love and these songs are beautifully arranged for three or four parts.

    To contrast the style and challenge of these pieces, I’ll mix in some lighter, shorter songs around the edges to warm up our voices and celebrate singing together again.

    Susannah teaches and sings with children and adults in and around Bristol. She is inspired by the moment of collective joy when a freshly learnt song takes off and becomes its own entity. Her musical taste is influenced by folk, classical, and Arabic music, as well as more modern soul and pop, so expect an eclectic mix of light hearted warm ups, creative harmony, and a focus on good, strong sound.


    People of Note Taster: Suus Gooch 2
  • Wed 10th Nov 2021, Time: 19:30 - 21:30

  • Location: All Saints Clifton, Clifton

    People of Note invites you to join us for an evening of singing, friendship, inspirational leadership – and fun! This workshop is open to all, as with the rest of our Autumn programme.

    We’re looking forward to two evenings with an exciting and warmly recommended young choir leader, Susannah (Suus) Gooch. Suus is also offering a session on 20th Oct. Both sessions are in All Saints Church in Clifton, as a change from our other autumn events. This is a magnificent building with stained glass windows by the artist John Piper and ‘An interior with a stunning quality of acoustic unparalleled in Bristol’. Do try to join us for one or both.

    This is what Suus is planning:

    For these two sessions I want to share my love of Arabic music with the choir. I have two songs to bring that I learnt while living in Jordan. One is a traditional song that speaks of homeland and belonging that is arranged for three parts. The other is from the Andalusian poetic tradition and is called Lama Bada Yatathana (Fairuz sings a classic version, if you’d like a taste!). While Arabic music tends to focus on lyrical melody over harmony, harmony is my other great love and these songs are beautifully arranged for three or four parts.

    To contrast the style and challenge of these pieces, I’ll mix in some lighter, shorter songs around the edges to warm up our voices and celebrate singing together again.

    Susannah teaches and sings with children and adults in and around Bristol. She is inspired by the moment of collective joy when a freshly learnt song takes off and becomes its own entity. Her musical taste is influenced by folk, classical, and Arabic music, as well as more modern soul and pop, so expect an eclectic mix of light hearted warm ups, creative harmony, and a focus on good, strong sound.


    People of Note Workshop: Jon Conway & Nick Petts
  • Sat 13th Nov 2021, Time: 10:00 - 16:00

  • Location: St Paul's Southville, Bristol

    Come and join Jon Conway and Nick Petts in a singing workshop that will lift your spirits and send you back into the real world on a high.  This workshop is open to all, as with the rest of our Autumn programme.

    There will be a mixture of pop songs, Taize and Harmonic Temple, something for everyone that will take you on a wonderful emotional journey.

    Nick and Jon have been teaching and singing together for over 12 years. They are both arrangers and will no doubt be teaching some of their own creations during the day, all mixed in with lots of humour and fun.

    All songs taught by ear, no music needed and mostly in 4-part SATB harmony.

    Covid guidance can be found HERE

    Nick Petts

    Nick has a real passion for bringing people together to sing and create lovely music and for the last 25 years has been forming choirs and creating opportunities for people in the South West to do just that. As well as forming Bristol based choir People of Note, which he co-ran with Nickomo for 10 years, he has started community choirs in Bath, hosted large singing events such as the annual Community Choir Convention at St Georges in Bristol and run singing camps, singing holidays, and also residential weekends with Jon Conway.

    For his own pleasure and amusement he has sung with a variety of A cappella groups over the years including The Beach Persons, The Acafellas and The B Naturals and when not singing with others will often be found singing his heart out at the pianoforte!

    Jon Conway

    Jon has been singing, directing, coaching and performing in Harmony groups for over 30 years. He used to run Bristol Voices and Bradford on Song Community Choirs and sang with Nick in The B Naturals for over 10 years, running workshops and entertaining audiences all over the UK.

    His specialty is Barbershop Harmony and he’s been in several successful Barbershop quartets winning a total of 9 National medals. He has performed at Disney World, Goodwood Revival, Orient Express and appeared many times on National TV.

    Jon has been awarded with a lifetime achievement award for a long and valuable service to barbershop singing in Britain, particularly for his work on Learn-To-Sing courses which has inspired many thousands of people to take up singing.


    People of Note Taster: Rosie Sleightholme 3
  • Tue 16th Nov 2021, Time: 19:30 - 21:30

  • Location: St Paul's Southville, Bristol

    People of Note invites you to join us for an evening of singing (yes, it’s finally back!). Along with friendship, inspirational leadership – and fun! This workshop is open to all, as with the rest of our Autumn programme.

    We’re excited to have three evening sessions this term with Rosie Sleightholme, a community choir leader based in South Bristol. 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 folk singer Rosie has always sung in choirs and performed her own songs at gigs and festivals all over the UK and further afield. She came to choir leading when she was pregnant – setting up a pregnancy choir, then a parent and baby choir, and a regular community choir (The Rising Sun Singers), all in South Bristol. 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.

    She has been running socially distanced outdoor sessions throughout Covid and has relished being able to continue to keep people connected through song during this time.

    Rosie will be leading sessions on Tuesday evenings on 21st Sept, 28th Sept and 16th Nov. You don’t need to commit to all three.

    Testimonials

    “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 for experienced singers or novices alike – such an uplifting, supportive natural singing group.” R Andrews

    “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.” R Burton


    “Weird and Wonderful Carols”: Two Christmas themed workshops 1
  • Thu 25th Nov 2021, Time: 19:30 - 21:30

  • Location: St Paul's Southville, Bristol

    We’ve got a seasonal treat for you with TWO Christmas themed workshops from the wonderful Chris Samuel. You can book them individually, or both for double the fun. They’re on Thursday 25th November and  Thursday 2nd December, 7.30pm to 9.30pm.  The workshops are open to all, as with the rest of our Autumn programme.

    Chris Samuel is a community choir leader and performer based in Bradford on Avon. He’s steeped in a cappella singing and runs mixed community choirs in Wiltshire who come together to perform as the mighty Wiltshire Wailers and also leads The Magnificent AKs (probably the best all bloke singing group ever to come from a small village near Cirencester).

    He’s performed with Edinburgh award winners Naked Voices and, since 2007 has toured the UK and Europe with Aussie festival favourites The Spooky Men’s Chorale and their UK subset, A Fistful of Spookies as well as vocal trio The Croutons, who have just started performing again after a five year hiatus.

    He has a long association with Sing for Water, conducting and taking choirs to the London events as well as co-founding Sing for Water West, a mass charity concert in Bristol which ran for ten years, attracted choirs of over 1,000 and raised nearly £250,000 for WaterAid.

    He is currently co-chair of the Trustees Board of the Natural Voice Network, and is passionate about the work of the Network in encouraging more, open-access singing groups across the UK and beyond.

    Chris sincerely believes that not only can everybody sing, but pretty much everybody should. It’s good for your mental and physical health, a lot of fun and is calorie free – and singers are some of the nicest people you could ever hang out with.

    Above all else, he considers himself a very lucky man.

    This is what Chris says about his two workshops:

    Most of us have sung the same songs at Christmas since we can remember. They’re constant, never-changing and… perhaps just a teensy bit boring?

    But for every set of standard Christmas Carols, there are a vast number of different tunes for the words we all know (some reckon on at least 400 different tunes to ‘While Shepherds Watched’). There are also a huge number of ‘lost’ Carols from all over the country, lots of them with absolutely belting tunes.

    Along with local folk singers, and with the assistance of a ‘Folk Orchestra’, Chris has been leading ‘Traditional Village Carols’ in the pubs of Bradford for the last decade. Our starting point was the Carol Singing in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire pubs, which have done so much to keep the flame alive, but over the years we’ve discovered more, beautiful carols closer to home in the West Country to add to the genre.

    Over the two sessions at the end of this term, Chris will be sharing some of his favourites from the last ten years.


    “Weird and Wonderful Carols”: Two Christmas themed workshops 2
  • Thu 2nd Dec 2021, Time: 19:30 - 21:30

  • Location: St Paul's Southville, Bristol

    We’ve got a seasonal treat for you with TWO Christmas themed workshops from the wonderful Chris Samuel. You can book them individually, or both for double the fun. They’re on Thursday 25th November and  Thursday 2nd December, 7.30pm to 9.30pm.  The workshops are open to all, as with the rest of our Autumn programme.

    Chris Samuel is a community choir leader and performer based in Bradford on Avon. He’s steeped in a cappella singing and runs mixed community choirs in Wiltshire who come together to perform as the mighty Wiltshire Wailers and also leads The Magnificent AKs (probably the best all bloke singing group ever to come from a small village near Cirencester).

    He’s performed with Edinburgh award winners Naked Voices and, since 2007 has toured the UK and Europe with Aussie festival favourites The Spooky Men’s Chorale and their UK subset, A Fistful of Spookies as well as vocal trio The Croutons, who have just started performing again after a five year hiatus.

    He has a long association with Sing for Water, conducting and taking choirs to the London events as well as co-founding Sing for Water West, a mass charity concert in Bristol which ran for ten years, attracted choirs of over 1,000 and raised nearly £250,000 for WaterAid.

    He is currently co-chair of the Trustees Board of the Natural Voice Network, and is passionate about the work of the Network in encouraging more, open-access singing groups across the UK and beyond.

    Chris sincerely believes that not only can everybody sing, but pretty much everybody should. It’s good for your mental and physical health, a lot of fun and is calorie free – and singers are some of the nicest people you could ever hang out with.

    Above all else, he considers himself a very lucky man.

    This is what Chris says about his two workshops:

    Most of us have sung the same songs at Christmas since we can remember. They’re constant, never-changing and… perhaps just a teensy bit boring?

    But for every set of standard Christmas Carols, there are a vast number of different tunes for the words we all know (some reckon on at least 400 different tunes to ‘While Shepherds Watched’). There are also a huge number of ‘lost’ Carols from all over the country, lots of them with absolutely belting tunes.

    Along with local folk singers, and with the assistance of a ‘Folk Orchestra’, Chris has been leading ‘Traditional Village Carols’ in the pubs of Bradford for the last decade. Our starting point was the Carol Singing in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire pubs, which have done so much to keep the flame alive, but over the years we’ve discovered more, beautiful carols closer to home in the West Country to add to the genre.

    Over the two sessions at the end of this term, Chris will be sharing some of his favourites from the last ten years.


    People of Note Taster: Wendy Sergeant
  • Tue 12th Oct 2021, Time: 19:30 - 21:30

  • Location: St Paul's Southville, Bristol
    Description

    People of Note invites you to join us for an evening of singing. Along with friendship, inspirational leadership – and fun! This workshop is open to all, as with the rest of our Autumn programme.

    We’re welcoming back experienced and popular choir leader Wendy Sergeant – an old friend to the choir and a delight in store for those new to her.  Wendy is also offering a session on 14th Sept.

    Wendy’s style of teaching is uplifting and inspiring.  She teaches songs by ear and the harmonies build like magic.  Whether you are a confident singer or have only ever sung in the privacy of your own bathroom she will help you use your voice effectively and you’ll find yourself singing four part harmony without really trying.

    Wendy directs the 250 strong “Gordano Gorgeous Chorus” with singers from Portishead, Clevedon and Pill, and runs, with Catherine Smith, Vibe pop/rock choir. She directs and sings with 16 piece a cappella group “The Chandeliers”. She is currently doing the two year “Professional Masters in Innovative Choir Leading” at RAMA – the Danish Royal College of Music and is looking forward to using new skills to teach and conduct her choirs. She is well-known in the Bristol choir scene and beyond, and her arrangements of songs for community choirs are well-loved for being fun and easy to sing while having the power to thrill singers and audiences alike. She arranges and teaches songs from all sorts of genres – world music (many from Nickomo), jazz, pop, folk etc. Some of her arrangements are available for sale on ChoirCommunity.net

    DO COME – AND BLOW THOSE COBWEBS AWAY!


    People of Note Taster: Suus Gooch 1
  • Wed 20th Oct 2021, Time: 19:30 - 21:30

  • Location: All Saints Clifton, Clifton
    Description

    People of Note invites you to join us for an evening of singing, friendship, inspirational leadership – and fun! This workshop is open to all, as with the rest of our Autumn programme.

    We’re looking forward to two evenings with an exciting and warmly recommended young choir leader, Susannah (Suus) Gooch. Suus is also offering a session on 10th Nov. Both sessions are in All Saints Church in Clifton, as a change from our other autumn events. This is a magnificent building with stained glass windows by the artist John Piper and ‘An interior with a stunning quality of acoustic unparalleled in Bristol’. Do try to join us for one or both.

    This is what Suus is planning:

    For these two sessions I want to share my love of Arabic music with the choir. I have two songs to bring that I learnt while living in Jordan. One is a traditional song that speaks of homeland and belonging that is arranged for three parts. The other is from the Andalusian poetic tradition and is called Lama Bada Yatathana (Fairuz sings a classic version, if you’d like a taste!). While Arabic music tends to focus on lyrical melody over harmony, harmony is my other great love and these songs are beautifully arranged for three or four parts.

    To contrast the style and challenge of these pieces, I’ll mix in some lighter, shorter songs around the edges to warm up our voices and celebrate singing together again.

    Susannah teaches and sings with children and adults in and around Bristol. She is inspired by the moment of collective joy when a freshly learnt song takes off and becomes its own entity. Her musical taste is influenced by folk, classical, and Arabic music, as well as more modern soul and pop, so expect an eclectic mix of light hearted warm ups, creative harmony, and a focus on good, strong sound.


    People of Note Taster: Suus Gooch 2
  • Wed 10th Nov 2021, Time: 19:30 - 21:30

  • Location: All Saints Clifton, Clifton
    Description

    People of Note invites you to join us for an evening of singing, friendship, inspirational leadership – and fun! This workshop is open to all, as with the rest of our Autumn programme.

    We’re looking forward to two evenings with an exciting and warmly recommended young choir leader, Susannah (Suus) Gooch. Suus is also offering a session on 20th Oct. Both sessions are in All Saints Church in Clifton, as a change from our other autumn events. This is a magnificent building with stained glass windows by the artist John Piper and ‘An interior with a stunning quality of acoustic unparalleled in Bristol’. Do try to join us for one or both.

    This is what Suus is planning:

    For these two sessions I want to share my love of Arabic music with the choir. I have two songs to bring that I learnt while living in Jordan. One is a traditional song that speaks of homeland and belonging that is arranged for three parts. The other is from the Andalusian poetic tradition and is called Lama Bada Yatathana (Fairuz sings a classic version, if you’d like a taste!). While Arabic music tends to focus on lyrical melody over harmony, harmony is my other great love and these songs are beautifully arranged for three or four parts.

    To contrast the style and challenge of these pieces, I’ll mix in some lighter, shorter songs around the edges to warm up our voices and celebrate singing together again.

    Susannah teaches and sings with children and adults in and around Bristol. She is inspired by the moment of collective joy when a freshly learnt song takes off and becomes its own entity. Her musical taste is influenced by folk, classical, and Arabic music, as well as more modern soul and pop, so expect an eclectic mix of light hearted warm ups, creative harmony, and a focus on good, strong sound.


    People of Note Workshop: Jon Conway & Nick Petts
  • Sat 13th Nov 2021, Time: 10:00 - 16:00

  • Location: St Paul's Southville, Bristol
    Description

    Come and join Jon Conway and Nick Petts in a singing workshop that will lift your spirits and send you back into the real world on a high.  This workshop is open to all, as with the rest of our Autumn programme.

    There will be a mixture of pop songs, Taize and Harmonic Temple, something for everyone that will take you on a wonderful emotional journey.

    Nick and Jon have been teaching and singing together for over 12 years. They are both arrangers and will no doubt be teaching some of their own creations during the day, all mixed in with lots of humour and fun.

    All songs taught by ear, no music needed and mostly in 4-part SATB harmony.

    Covid guidance can be found HERE

    Nick Petts

    Nick has a real passion for bringing people together to sing and create lovely music and for the last 25 years has been forming choirs and creating opportunities for people in the South West to do just that. As well as forming Bristol based choir People of Note, which he co-ran with Nickomo for 10 years, he has started community choirs in Bath, hosted large singing events such as the annual Community Choir Convention at St Georges in Bristol and run singing camps, singing holidays, and also residential weekends with Jon Conway.

    For his own pleasure and amusement he has sung with a variety of A cappella groups over the years including The Beach Persons, The Acafellas and The B Naturals and when not singing with others will often be found singing his heart out at the pianoforte!

    Jon Conway

    Jon has been singing, directing, coaching and performing in Harmony groups for over 30 years. He used to run Bristol Voices and Bradford on Song Community Choirs and sang with Nick in The B Naturals for over 10 years, running workshops and entertaining audiences all over the UK.

    His specialty is Barbershop Harmony and he’s been in several successful Barbershop quartets winning a total of 9 National medals. He has performed at Disney World, Goodwood Revival, Orient Express and appeared many times on National TV.

    Jon has been awarded with a lifetime achievement award for a long and valuable service to barbershop singing in Britain, particularly for his work on Learn-To-Sing courses which has inspired many thousands of people to take up singing.


    People of Note Taster: Rosie Sleightholme 3
  • Tue 16th Nov 2021, Time: 19:30 - 21:30

  • Location: St Paul's Southville, Bristol
    Description

    People of Note invites you to join us for an evening of singing (yes, it’s finally back!). Along with friendship, inspirational leadership – and fun! This workshop is open to all, as with the rest of our Autumn programme.

    We’re excited to have three evening sessions this term with Rosie Sleightholme, a community choir leader based in South Bristol. 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 folk singer Rosie has always sung in choirs and performed her own songs at gigs and festivals all over the UK and further afield. She came to choir leading when she was pregnant – setting up a pregnancy choir, then a parent and baby choir, and a regular community choir (The Rising Sun Singers), all in South Bristol. 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.

    She has been running socially distanced outdoor sessions throughout Covid and has relished being able to continue to keep people connected through song during this time.

    Rosie will be leading sessions on Tuesday evenings on 21st Sept, 28th Sept and 16th Nov. You don’t need to commit to all three.

    Testimonials

    “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 for experienced singers or novices alike – such an uplifting, supportive natural singing group.” R Andrews

    “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.” R Burton


    “Weird and Wonderful Carols”: Two Christmas themed workshops 1
  • Thu 25th Nov 2021, Time: 19:30 - 21:30

  • Location: St Paul's Southville, Bristol
    Description

    We’ve got a seasonal treat for you with TWO Christmas themed workshops from the wonderful Chris Samuel. You can book them individually, or both for double the fun. They’re on Thursday 25th November and  Thursday 2nd December, 7.30pm to 9.30pm.  The workshops are open to all, as with the rest of our Autumn programme.

    Chris Samuel is a community choir leader and performer based in Bradford on Avon. He’s steeped in a cappella singing and runs mixed community choirs in Wiltshire who come together to perform as the mighty Wiltshire Wailers and also leads The Magnificent AKs (probably the best all bloke singing group ever to come from a small village near Cirencester).

    He’s performed with Edinburgh award winners Naked Voices and, since 2007 has toured the UK and Europe with Aussie festival favourites The Spooky Men’s Chorale and their UK subset, A Fistful of Spookies as well as vocal trio The Croutons, who have just started performing again after a five year hiatus.

    He has a long association with Sing for Water, conducting and taking choirs to the London events as well as co-founding Sing for Water West, a mass charity concert in Bristol which ran for ten years, attracted choirs of over 1,000 and raised nearly £250,000 for WaterAid.

    He is currently co-chair of the Trustees Board of the Natural Voice Network, and is passionate about the work of the Network in encouraging more, open-access singing groups across the UK and beyond.

    Chris sincerely believes that not only can everybody sing, but pretty much everybody should. It’s good for your mental and physical health, a lot of fun and is calorie free – and singers are some of the nicest people you could ever hang out with.

    Above all else, he considers himself a very lucky man.

    This is what Chris says about his two workshops:

    Most of us have sung the same songs at Christmas since we can remember. They’re constant, never-changing and… perhaps just a teensy bit boring?

    But for every set of standard Christmas Carols, there are a vast number of different tunes for the words we all know (some reckon on at least 400 different tunes to ‘While Shepherds Watched’). There are also a huge number of ‘lost’ Carols from all over the country, lots of them with absolutely belting tunes.

    Along with local folk singers, and with the assistance of a ‘Folk Orchestra’, Chris has been leading ‘Traditional Village Carols’ in the pubs of Bradford for the last decade. Our starting point was the Carol Singing in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire pubs, which have done so much to keep the flame alive, but over the years we’ve discovered more, beautiful carols closer to home in the West Country to add to the genre.

    Over the two sessions at the end of this term, Chris will be sharing some of his favourites from the last ten years.


    “Weird and Wonderful Carols”: Two Christmas themed workshops 2
  • Thu 2nd Dec 2021, Time: 19:30 - 21:30

  • Location: St Paul's Southville, Bristol
    Description

    We’ve got a seasonal treat for you with TWO Christmas themed workshops from the wonderful Chris Samuel. You can book them individually, or both for double the fun. They’re on Thursday 25th November and  Thursday 2nd December, 7.30pm to 9.30pm.  The workshops are open to all, as with the rest of our Autumn programme.

    Chris Samuel is a community choir leader and performer based in Bradford on Avon. He’s steeped in a cappella singing and runs mixed community choirs in Wiltshire who come together to perform as the mighty Wiltshire Wailers and also leads The Magnificent AKs (probably the best all bloke singing group ever to come from a small village near Cirencester).

    He’s performed with Edinburgh award winners Naked Voices and, since 2007 has toured the UK and Europe with Aussie festival favourites The Spooky Men’s Chorale and their UK subset, A Fistful of Spookies as well as vocal trio The Croutons, who have just started performing again after a five year hiatus.

    He has a long association with Sing for Water, conducting and taking choirs to the London events as well as co-founding Sing for Water West, a mass charity concert in Bristol which ran for ten years, attracted choirs of over 1,000 and raised nearly £250,000 for WaterAid.

    He is currently co-chair of the Trustees Board of the Natural Voice Network, and is passionate about the work of the Network in encouraging more, open-access singing groups across the UK and beyond.

    Chris sincerely believes that not only can everybody sing, but pretty much everybody should. It’s good for your mental and physical health, a lot of fun and is calorie free – and singers are some of the nicest people you could ever hang out with.

    Above all else, he considers himself a very lucky man.

    This is what Chris says about his two workshops:

    Most of us have sung the same songs at Christmas since we can remember. They’re constant, never-changing and… perhaps just a teensy bit boring?

    But for every set of standard Christmas Carols, there are a vast number of different tunes for the words we all know (some reckon on at least 400 different tunes to ‘While Shepherds Watched’). There are also a huge number of ‘lost’ Carols from all over the country, lots of them with absolutely belting tunes.

    Along with local folk singers, and with the assistance of a ‘Folk Orchestra’, Chris has been leading ‘Traditional Village Carols’ in the pubs of Bradford for the last decade. Our starting point was the Carol Singing in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire pubs, which have done so much to keep the flame alive, but over the years we’ve discovered more, beautiful carols closer to home in the West Country to add to the genre.

    Over the two sessions at the end of this term, Chris will be sharing some of his favourites from the last ten years.