Choirs

Choirs are great way to meet new friends and have a lot of fun (even if you think you can't sing!)

I'm the musical director of 3 local choirs, Shildon Institute Singers, Manfield Warblers and Catterick Military WAGS.

 

I also lead various pop-up choirs, including Singin' in the BATH family choir at Bishop Auckland Town Hall, and lead workshops with schools and community groups.

If you'd like to talk to me about leading a singing event with your friends, workplace or community group please get in touch.

Shildon Institute Singers

This is a great choir for new and experienced singers who want a fun and relaxed sing. We like singing songs from musicals, rock, pop, soul and folk- we'll give anything a go!

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We meet on Fridays 6.00-7.00 at Shildon Railway Institute.

It's a beautiful old building with a great history (and a great bar!)

This friendly group is run on a 'pay as you can' basis. Donations are collected discretely in a bucket, so if you aren't able to make a financial contribution at the moment that's absolutely fine. 

Just bring yourself and we'll be very pleased to see you.

 

There's lots more information about the choir and the music we sing on our website

 

Please contact me if you're interested in coming along, or would like some more information.

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Manfield Warblers

Like many things in life, Manfield Warblers is the result of an inspired conversation that took place one evening in our village pub. When people realised that a singing coach had moved into their village, they asked me to help them start a fun and friendly choir that was open to everyone.

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The village hall (pictured above) is modern and accessible with plenty of parking, and is conveniently located next to The Crown Inn!

We sing in Manfield Village Hall (pictured here) on most Tuesdays, 8.00pm-9.00pm.

You don't have to live in Manfield to sing with us - we have members from nearby Darlington, and from across Teesdale and North Yorkshire.

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We're called the warblers because during lockdown we started singing outdoors, under a willow tree, like birds!

I'm a singing coach, so in the choirs I lead we always do a fun warm up and a warm down to help keep your voice healthy and strong (FYI- they can get very silly!)

 

At Manfield Warblers and Shildon Institute Singers, we use simple backing tracks, and do some unaccompanied singing too. This means that we can be really flexible about the keys we sing in and our harmonies.

Manfield Warblers is £5.00 per session. Please let me know by email if you are planning on coming along so I can send you the songwords for the coming week.

Caterick Military
WAGS Choir

I couldn't be prouder to conduct this fantastic group of women.

We have a wide repertoire of popular songs and showtunes which we sing in 3 part harmony accompanied by Brett our lovely pianist.

We sing beautiful music to the best of our ability, though there are no auditions and we have a lot of fun!

 

We meet on Thursdays 6.00-7.30 at the Garrison Church.

 

So if you are a servicewoman, veteran, or have an affiliation with the military or Catterick Garrison through your job or your family/partner, then we'd love you to join us.

Please visit our website to find out more.

Singin in the B.A.T.H.

14 May, 11 June, 9 July 10.30-11.30 Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Free

Join us for a fun, family-friendly singalong. Enjoy some simple, joyful songs to get your Saturday off to a great start!

So whether you're a seasoned singer or a complete beginner, come and have fun and meet new friends in the beautifully refurbished town hall.

All children who love to sing are very welcome, with an adult to help them along. We currently have several children between 6 and 8 years old coming regularly.

We will often include songs and activities based on the exhibitions in the Town Hall Gallery, as well as making up our own.

The Town Hall Cafe will be open for delicious food and drinks to enjoy after your singing, so come and join us for a relaxed Saturday morning treat! 

These sessions take place on the second Saturday of each month.

For more information please contact me.

Give the Gift of Music

All choirs benefit from donations towards new music and the other costs associated with running a choir, so that we can keep them affordable for everyone.

 

Your donation can help someone to enjoy the lifelong health benefits and friendships that being part of a choir bring.

If you'd like to talk to me about giving something good, please contact me and I'll connect you with the choir charity that you'd like to support.