every tuesday - term time only
7pm til 8.15pm
swanmore primary school - music room
Swanmore singers is now a weekly group for people aged 14+ . It is for people of all abilities who want to enjoy singing with others. No previous experience is needed and you won't be asked to read music (although written music is provided for those who want it). We sing a variety of popular music, musical theatre and show songs as well as some light classical arrangements. We don't do movement! Sessions generally begin with some warm ups and some exercises to help your technique, including basic 'ear training' and harmony singing. We then rehearse a variety of different songs leading towards a short informal performance. The emphasis is on fun and being part of a singing community.
We will give 3 very short and informal performances a year as part of a larger MEON MUSIC concert. These will be at Easter, Summer and Christmas.
recordings to help you practice
Sessions are £8 and are payable in advance in half-term blocks. (typically 6 weeks)
I compose and arrange material specifically for the group. As a member of the group you will get recordings of the songs and arrangements you can sing along to at home. As well the full recordings, I will provide you with recordings of each separate part (soprano, alto, tenor, bass etc) so you can practice remembering them at home. If you read music, I will also give you copies of the written music. Below is an arrangement of Lean on Me which we have been working on. You can then hear a recording of me singing just the alto part.
first session free
you are welcome to come along and try a free session before deciding whether you want to continue.
Current songs in our repertoire include; Beatles Medley, Abba Medley, To Make you Feel my Love, Lean on Me, Seasons of Love.
A recent Times article (April 25 2020 - how to be happy) cited Joining a Choir in its TOP TEN of things to make you happy. It says...
'Similar to physical exercise working our vocal cords releases the feel good hormones, endorphins. The louder we sing, the happier it makes us according to Scientists at the University of Manchester.'
Below are links to two more articles about the enormous benefits of singing with others.
singing for health and happiness
free access to audio lessons
When you join, you'll get free access to a range of ten-minute audio lessons which I have recorded, and regularly update. In these I explain basic vocal and musical concepts and then exercises to practice, many of which you can sing along to. You can download these to you phone/computer and work on them at home to improve your singing. They re-enforce many of the exercises I will do at the start of the sessions. I have included 3 examples of these TEN MINUTE TUTORIALS below.