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Sing Together

Choirs are great way to meet new friends and have a lot of fun (even if you think you can't sing!) I'm proud to coach the lovely Shildon Railway Institute Singers 

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"I like that it's really welcoming, that it doesn't take itself too seriously, we laugh as much as we sing! There's a real variety of songs, and even if it's something you haven't heard before you feel that you can get to grips with it because you're working in a group together" Judith

I also work as a  guest conductor, and enjoy leading pop-up choirs and workshops with schools and community groups. If you'd like to talk to me about a singing workshop with your friends, colleagues or group please get in touch.

 

You can find out more about my work with  Opera North and Northern Heartlands here.

Friday Fun!

Our choir is great 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!

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

It's a beautiful old building, with a rich history (and a super bar!)

""I like that it's the end of the working week and you can let everything out and start the weekend!"" Kelly

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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 that's just fine- just bring yourself and we'll be pleased to welcome you.

"You step away from your busy life and focus on singing. You step out of the busy world, and into Some Enchanted Evening!"  Sam

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I'm a singing coach, so we always do a fun warm up and a warm down to help keep our voices healthy and strong (warm ups can get very silly!)

""I just like singing, straightforward really!"   Matt

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

 

If you'd like to come along, or if you'd like some more information, just let me know-we look forward to meeting you!

Feel Good Singing!

I'm here to help you feel good about your singing voice. For easy tips and inspiration, you can sign up to receive my free email series below. 

For more musical fun and events, come and connect with me over on the socials 

Early in 2022, (whilst Storm Arwen was rattling the roof!) we made a CD in partnership with our friends at Citizen Songwriters (pictured below)

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It features our fabulous choir, some wonderful local musicians, and brilliant new songs by Citizen Songwriters.

 

It also features me performing a song I wrote inspired by Shildon, called The Giants' Footsteps. I really enjoyed making it, with help from Citizen Songwriters and the people of Shildon.

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The CD is available to buy now online or from Shildon Railway Institute , or from me at my studio at TCR Hub in Barnard Castle.

 

It's priced at £5.00 per copy and all proceeds from CDs sold at the above locations go support the choir.

A digital copy is also available from Bandcamp and the proceeds from these sales will go to support the important work of Citizen Songwriters.

Thank you so much for your support. Thank you also to Durham 2025 for the funding that made it possible, Graham our sound engineer, and Shildon Alive for keeping our energy levels up with yummy food!

Give the Gift of Music

Because Shildon Railway Institute singers is a donation based choir, we really appreciate donations towards new music and the other investments needed to sustain the choir, so that we can keep it affordable for everyone.

 

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

If you'd like to support us by making a donation please contact me.

 A Unique Gift 

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 Looking for a more meaningful gift? A gift voucher for a voice coaching session with me is super sustainable (no plastic here!) and can be life changing. 

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You can find out more about what we do in voice coaching sessions here.

Bespoke packages and multiple session packages are also available, please contact me to find out more.

More Choirs for You

Shildon Railway Institute is about a 25 minute drive from Barnard Castle or Darlington. If that's a bit too far from where you are, there are some other great groups in the area for you to get involved with.

I sing with the choral society at Barnard Castle School. We meet on Thursdays during term time at 7pm. We sing beautiful classical music in 4 part harmony. It's free, and there's tea and biscuits. Come and see our next concert here.

There is a friendly community choir at St Mary's Church in Barnard Castle. They meet on Fridays at 5pm, they sing a wide range of music, from showtunes to hymns. There is also a community band there who meet on Saturday mornings.

Richmondshire Choral Society are nice group of people who meet on Monday evenings to sing beautiful classical music in 4 part harmony (there's also tea and biscuits!) 

If you like the idea of joining a choir, and want some help getting started, I'll be happy to help you on your way.  Talk to me about singing coaching to suit you.

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