A message from Pauline
Unfortunately I have had to step down from leading the choirs due to ill health.
But never fear, the choirs will still continue. I have searched the local choir leader world to find the best possible match for each choir. I am delighted to say I have found amazing leaders who will develop and nurture these precious and unique groups of singers and encourage the supportive, friendly and joyful environment we have created together.
Glorious Harmony will be led by Alison Moffatt. Alison trained alongside me in the Natural Voice ethos and we have both co-led Blue Sky Community Choir and other projects together over the last 13 years which led to quite a lot of hilarity. Maggie O'Connor continues to mentor us and both Alison and Maggie are dear friends to me. Alison is a talented, modest and compassionate leader who specialises in both heart-warming meditative songs and also her arrangements of retro pop songs. She will continue to teach acapella and in 3/4 harmony parts. I feel very confident to leave Glorious Harmony in such capable hands. Alison can be contacted on 07988 167658. Glorious Harmony will continue in the same venue on a Wednesday but the start time will now be 2pm from 23 August 2023.
Southampton Salty Sea Dogs
This very popular men's sea shanty crew is being run by a collaborative team from within the crew. It has been enriching for me to see them develop musically and in their confidence over the last 8 years. They will continue the same supportive and joyful ethos, meeting at the same day, time and place. The membership is currently full and there is a waiting list. They are taking gig bookings for 2024 but 2023 looks fairly packed. They can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Southampton Health Choir
I am beyond delighted that the very talented composer, writer, lyricist and choir leader Stephanie Amies has agreed to take over this specialist choir. Stephanie worked with the choir in January as part of a very exciting musical theatre production about community choirs. Stephanie co-wrote the show and taught the songs to the choir who then became part of a fictional choir for the exhilarating and moving show at MAST in Southampton. You can watch a short film about it here:
Stephanie already has a good knowledge of vocal health and will undertake further singing-for-health training to understand various health conditions and how singing can improve quality of life. The choir will continue at the same venue, time and place. Stephanie can be contacted on email@example.com
SOUTHAMPTON HEALTH CHOIR
Two choirs combined to form Southampton Health Choir and now welcomes people with any health condition (or anyone who just want a good old sing)
We also work on voice volume, sequencing , rhythm and memory.
This group is very joyful, welcoming, friendly and supportive and we understand the sometimes unpredictable nature of Parkinson's.We really care about each other which is lovely to see. We laugh a lot and love performing around the local area.
"I am so happy that i joined your choir, you are such a lovely and supportive group of people" Val
"Singing is good fun and a great way of expressing ourselves" - Jon
"Joining this choir has really improved my life" - Nita
We are a relaxed choir who sing in 3-part harmony. Supportive friendships have been made and we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Some of the songs can take a while to get the hang of but we sound great when it all comes together. We meet on a Wednesday morning at
11am for tea and chat before we start singing till 12.30pm.
NOTE: Start time will be 2pm from 23 August.
We sing at All Saints Church in Winchester Road (corner of Pointout Road) Southampton SO16 7DH
"Lovely people who made me feel welcome from my first time" - Wilma
SOUTHAMPTON SALTY SEA DOGS
We are a group of enthusiastic, supportive and friendly men who sing together unaccompanied (no piano or backing track). We learn by ear and create our own harmonies. There is no audition to join - you will never be asked to sing on your own unless you want to - and no written music. We sing sea shanties and other songs we like. We frequently perform around the Southampton area. We rehearse on a Wednesday evening 8pm - 9.30pm at All Saints Church, Winchester Road, Southampton SO16 7HD
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"Great fun and a wonderful sound" - Lawrence
See the message from Pauline above for more details.