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ūüĆĻūüé∂ June Joy: Finding our voices through playūüĆĻūüé∂ 

 

ūüĆĻūüé∂¬†2 Months to Go! Flame Album Launch 30th July
Warmly inviting you to join me in the magical ambience of St John the Evangelist, Sylvan Road, SE19 2RX at 7pm, Friday 30th July.
Mike King and I are currently busy mixing the album and the team at St John's and I are putting together plans for a safe and beautiful event in July. 
Tickets will become available after June 21st.
Dear Friend

June Joy: Finding our voices through play
This month's newsletter is full of playful reflections on how loving the sound of things helps us get out of our boxes

ūüĆĻ¬†2 Months to Go!¬†Flame Album Launch on 30th July
¬†ūüĆĻ¬†¬†BLOG/ ZOOMCAST¬†-¬†The Inclusive Voice with Naveen Arles

¬†ūüĆĻ¬†CHOIRS -¬†Wild Outdoor Singing!
ūüĆĻ ¬†COACHING -¬†claim the joy, magic and power of your voice


Thank you for listening, reading and staying tuned!
Sending you all a big singing hug

ūüĆĻ ūüé∂¬†The¬†Inclusive Voice¬†ūüé∂ūüĆĻ
On this month's episode of Vocal Revolution 
(video below - or listen on Apple Podcasts)
Naveen Arles - Vocal Leader & Animateur
shared his thoughts on how how singing and voice work can support personal and social wellbeing, justice and equality.


1. Find Your Voice
"The goal is always find your voice, identify yourself as a person, enable yourself to feel stronger as a person because you can use your voice to advocate for people, to advocate for yourself, to seek justice on things, just to be present in the world and do what you want to and feel more empowered to do so." - Naveen Arles
In this playful and far-ranging conversation, Naveen shares his ideas for how we can find our voice. He affirms that if we can shout we can sing, that if we can quickly identify the mood of a loved one on the phone, decode vocal signals and adapt our vocal expression for multiple settings in life, we can sing.  We just have to spend time singing purposefully, playing, exploring, finding our sound.  This re-evaluation of our sound opens up new possibilities around how we can use our voice in the world.  And it all starts with play....

2. Permission to play! 
Let's go and play! - Naveen Arles
In the podcast Nav shares insights and fun practices helping people get out of their boxes.  By the time we'd finished I no longer knew where my nose and hands were! :) He emphasises our innate ability to play, learn and explore the inherent universality of sound.  Like my previous guest Joe Hoare, he emphasises the power of laughter to help people connect and feel safe.  Happily for choirs, smiling and laughter also helps people learn songs! :)

3. Letting People in
Go right to the core of everything you think you’re about and everything you’re playful about and figure out how are you going to let someone else into that box - Naveen Arles 
Reflecting on the cultural instructions and indicators present in every social situation - including a choir rehearsal - Nav talks about the importance of challenging and unpacking our assumptions, so that we can be more fully inclusive. He challenges some of the unhelpful concepts around inclusivity, stating that there are no quick fixes, tips or tricks.   He shares his enthusiasm for the Music Teachers Board, which is helping to make music exams more accessible and performance based.  With Nav's expert guidance, sound as a universal connector, becomes a way of instantly befriending, disarming and including everyone in a playful space.  A magic person, I am so grateful to him for sharing his wisdom so generously with us and hope this episode helps you connect with your magical voice!

Sign the Choir Petition
Due to a government u-turn, announced 36 hours after Stage 3, amateur choirs can now only rehearse indoors according to the rule of 6 and outdoors in groups of up to 30.  This is hugely inconsistent with both the treatment of other sectors - thousands of fans are singing together in football stadiums  - and with the scientific research published last summer by Declan Costello.  There has been a huge amount of protest and press.
Nav has pioneered a petition that now has 50k signatures!


Your Responses
We'd love to hear what you gleaned from this episode/ blog!
"Naveen is the Nelson Mandela of the vocal movement. Relentless and uncompromising in his vision, yet knowing how to appeal to people in power and disarm them of their fears should he need their support to bring his choirs, and his social justice messages to bigger stages. It‚Äôs way beyond personal charm, it‚Äôs empowering people with their own courage and their own, newly discovered, voices." ‚ÄstTom Morley, Rockstar Activator
I know we are all doing our best to stay safe and sane in the face of continued uncertainty.  My daily walks and runs keep me grounded in the everyday magic of goslings and summer blossoms.

Please know that your voice counts, that our #ChoirsMatter, that as Siegfried Sassoon said - 
the singing will never be done.

ūüĆĻ ūüé∂¬†Be well, be safe,
breathe deep, sing loudly - 

Lots of love, virtual hugs and good singing vibes

katie@therosewindow.org
www.therosewindow.org
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ūüĆĻ ūüé∂¬†The Inclusive Voice with Naveen Arles
Vocal Leader & Animateur

How singing and voice work can support personal and social wellbeing,
justice and equality.
Subscribe to my YouTube Channel
Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts
Wild Outdoor Singing
Thanks to my Welcome Choir (above) for braving the May wind and drizzle,
to ManSong for adapting to a hybrid rule-of-6- indoor-zoom session and to singers bravely zooming along in Caterham Community Choir, Carers Support Centre Choir & Heart & Lung Songs.
The current scenario with the new variant creates more uncertainty about what will be possible from June 21st. Nonetheless, we continue singing in whatever form available.
 Find out more about choirs
Coaching with Katie Rose - Claim the Power, Joy and Magic of your Voice

Coaching 
Claim the Power, Joy & Magic of Your Voice

‚ÄúKatie is an inspirational teacher. Her warmth, encouragement and friendly support enabled me to overcome my fears, "find my voice" and enjoy singing. After just a few lessons, I now have the confidence to join a community choir.‚Ä̬† - Cath

Creative coaching is a safe space to find your voice and liberate your creative expression through bespoke sessions tailored to meet your goals, aims and dreams.
Contact me for a free 20 minute consultation

May Magic - Finding the glitter in times of loss 

ūüĆĻūüé∂¬†The Love in You
Celebrating the power of love in 5 parts and 1 pair of pink shades...
Dear Friend

May Magic:
Finding the glitter in times of loss
Hope you are keeping safe, sane and sound.
This month's newsletter offers of a little bit of May Magic,
a sprinkling of glitter, with love from me to you in these challenging times.

ūüĆĻ¬†THE LOVE IN YOU¬†-¬†Acapella Celebration of¬†the power of love
¬†ūüĆĻ¬†¬†BLOG/ ZOOMCAST¬†-¬†The Voice of Loss with Steph Turner
¬†ūüĆĻ ¬†WRITING¬†- Spring Issue of Turning Point Magazine

¬†ūüĆĻ¬†CHOIRS -¬†Rule of 6 singing¬†&¬†looking forward to May 17th.
ūüĆĻ ¬†COACHING -¬†claim the joy, magic and power of your voice


Thank you for listening, reading and staying tuned!
Sending you all a big singing hug

ūüĆĻ ūüé∂¬†The¬†Voice of Lossūüé∂ūüĆĻ
On this month's episode of Vocal Revolution 
(video below - or listen on Apple Podcasts)
Steph Turner, Creative Facilitator and Co-Director of The Loss Project
shares her insights on how creativity can help us express, transform and help us connect with each other through loss.  
We'd love to hear from you - do share your thoughts and comments!

1. Creativity is Innate
Creativity is innate in all of us - it's just about coaxing it out of giving it a bit of sparkle or whatever your needs are - Steph Turner
Reflecting on her experience facilitating creative projects in organisations including St Christopher's Hospice, NHS & Good Gym, Steph spoke about her passionate belief in the power of creativity.  She also honours the risk-taking involved in sharing ourselves creatively.  She holds spaces where people feel safe and supported, without proscription and with permission to express themselves creatively. 

2. Making a loss positive society
What about reclaiming loss as part of our life - Steph Turner
In the face of Western societal norms in which grief is often a taboo, Steph talks about reclaiming loss with all its complexity.  The Loss Project aims to champion people experiencing loss - to listen to what they are saying about what works and does not work for them.  Part of this is understanding that people who are grieving may just need to be heard, without being given advice and that asking simple, open questions can help.

3. Creativity Connects Us with Each Other
Creativity has huge potential to connect us with each other because we see these more vulnerable parts of ourselves and each other and hopefully recognise that we are not alone in that experience too. - Steph Turner
One of the creative exercises Steph recommends is giving loss a shape - because externalising our experience can bring about release, insight and connection with others.  She reflects on how, during a time when we are not able to access usual social rituals, people have been finding creative ways to honour and remember loved ones.  
We have all experienced tremendous losses over the last year.  As Steph says, grief really brings into focus the preciousness of life and can catalyse tremendous change in our lives - many people have changed jobs, home or priorities during this time.  Our frontline workers have risen to the challenge with tremendous commitment and courage, our families, friends and neighbours have found new ways to safely stay connected.  As many of us have found, there's as much courage and connection happening in Zoom rooms as in person. Our losses are unique, but sharing them creatively can help us find a way through together.

You are not alone
I appreciate this topic may touch very tender places, so please do not be alone - connect with supportive friends, family and services such as 
The Loss Project  - we're here for you.

Global Connection
It is my hope that this global pandemic, helps us be more aware that we are a global community and to address global injustice. We can support our global neighbours through campaigns such as Give India and People's Vaccine to help everyone everywhere access lifesaving vaccines and treatments.
It is my lived experience that creativity can bring a little bit of magic (and glitter!) into even the most challenging of circumstances.  There is a song to soothe every broken heart, a lullaby for every sleepless child, a magical creative space to come home to inside each of us.

Wishing you a Magical May

ūüĆĻ ūüé∂¬†Be well, be safe,
breathe deep, sing loudly 


ūüĆĻ ūüé∂Lots of love, virtual hugs and good singing vibes

info@therosewindow.org
www.therosewindow.org
Facebook
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Vocal Revolution Zoomcast
Transforming the world through voice
The Voice of Loss with Steph Turner
Creative Facilitator and Co-Director of The Loss Project 
Subscribe to my YouTube Channel
Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts

Turning Point: Your Lifestyle, Your Well-Being Spring Issue
So honoured to be a contributor to this special magazine, featuring a
'bouquet of conversations with women from different parts
of the globe.'

'Throughout these times, we have been forced to become truth seekers, as the earth in its rotation has spewed up and revealed the foundation of lies, untruths, injustices on every level on a personal, community and global level. The voices of women are needed now more than ever by showing up in unity and solidarity' - Esther Austin, Editor
ūüĎȬ†Available digitally here¬†
For a luxury print copy email:
info@turningpointmag.com 

Spring Singing
It's been wonderful to start some singing in person outdoors according to the rule of 6 with the Sphinxes in Crystal Palace Park.
Looking forward to the official return of choirs from May 17th -  Fingers crossed!!
Find out more about choirs

 
Happy St George's Day
Heart & Lung Songs featuring Tom Manneh & Puff sent a singing thank you to the staff at St George's Hospital
Coaching with Katie Rose - Claim the Power, Joy and Magic of your Voice

Coaching 
Claim the Power, Joy & Magic of Your Voice

Creative Coaching is a sacred space for you to reflect on your own creative journey; personally and professionally. It is surprising - you end up going to places that need nourishing that you perhaps weren't expecting to focus on. - Steph Turner 

Creative coaching is a safe space to find and free the song in your heart - to birth projects, to listen for the call of your inner voice.
Contact me for a free 20 minute consultation


ūüĆĻ April Awakening - April News from Katie Rose 

 

ūüĆĻūüé∂¬†Save the Date: Flame Album Launch 30th July 2021
You're invited to my album launch at St John the Evangelist Upper Norwood, SE19 2RX on the evening of Friday 30th July - see you there!
Dear Friend

April Awakening
Awakening to spring through song, poetry and reflection

ūüĆĻ¬†¬†ANNOUNCEMENT -¬†Save the date: Flame Album Launch 30th July!
¬†ūüĆĻ¬†¬†BLOG/ ZOOMCAST¬†-¬†The Voice of Awakening¬†with Michael Doiley
¬†ūüĆĻ¬†GONG VIGIL¬†- for Sarah Everard and for all women who feel unsafe and have experienced violence harassment or abuse walking our¬†streets.
ūüĆĻ¬†¬†WILD WOMEN DO!¬†Spring Circle for women to release & renew

¬†ūüĆĻ¬†CHOIRS -¬†Looking towards singing in person after Easter
ūüĆĻBIG SPRING SING¬†- joyful singing to awaken to Spring
ūüĆĻ ¬†COACHING -¬†claim the joy, magic and power of your voice
¬†ūüĆĻ ¬†POETRY -¬†Springsong emerging


Thank you for listening, reading and staying tuned!
Sending you all a big singing hug
Stay safe, sane and sound

ūüĆĻ ūüé∂¬†The¬†Voice of Awakening¬†ūüé∂ūüĆĻ
On this month's episode of Vocal Revolution (video below - or listen on Apple Podcasts) I talked about the power of music and meditation to awaken us more fully to life with Michael Doiley- DJ/ Producer, Life-Coach, Speaker and author of Learn to Meditate: the Secret to Lasting Inner Peace.   
We'd love to hear from you: 
Do leave comments and share your thoughts!


1. Music is Profound
If you play the right music that’s the best thing you can do for people and its something that crosses international barriers - Michael Doiley
In our conversation Michael talks about how music is at the core of our existence, in the rhythms of language and our bodies.  Driven by his mission to awaken the spirit and get it dancing, he shares stories of his experiences of music and of his work as an international DJ playing for a star studded list of celebrities including Kylie, Will I am, Diana Ross and Mariah Carey.  He shares how he has seen the power of music transform people - from clubbers on the dance floor to young people in our local community.

2. Humanity awakening to itself
 We are powerful...We are more creative than we think
- Michael Doiley.

Immensely sad though this year has been, it has given us a chance to learn and given our planet a chance to breathe. It has forced us to adapt, innovate and create - to claim and use the freedom of our minds whilst we are outwardly restricted.  It has brought oppressed voices to the fore - people protesting and breaking free of divisive socially conditioned limitations. The Black Lives Matter protests last year and the powerful uprising of women worldwide following Sarah Everard's brutal murder have highlighted many layers of social injustice. Taking to the streets is only one form of action- the greater invitation is to take a stand for life, for white supremacy, misogyny, racism, all forms of hate are anti-life, as
Layla F Saad says so beautifully in her latest newsletter:

We must stand for life.
We must stand for the safety, dignity, well-being, joy, and thriving of us all.

We must affirm life.
Knowing that whatever affects one part of our great family of humanity affects us all.

We must protect life.
Because we are all that we’ve got.

We must nurture life.
Because to do the opposite is to surrender to the virus of hate that will consume us from the inside out until we are but a shell of our humanity.




3.Go for it! Don't Hold Back
  Just move forward with purpose, with love and anything’s possible! - Michael Doiley
When we recognise and dismantle the limitations of negative beliefs and social conditioning, we create a space for transcendence- to go beyond and go for our dreams. Just by taking the deep belly breaths, we can reset and release fear.  With the mighty magical tools of music and meditation we can harness our power and creativity and move forward with good intent.


ūüĆĻ ūüé∂¬†Be well, be safe, breathe deep, sing loudly¬†ūüĆĻ ūüé∂
Lots of love, virtual hugs and good singing vibes

info@therosewindow.org
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The Voice of Awakening with Michael Doiley, 
DJ/ Producer, Life-Coach and Speaker 

Michael Doiley shares with us his insights about the power of music and how we can awaken more fully to life.
Find out more about Michael and his recently updated book Learn to Meditate: the Secret to Lasting Inner Peace: 
https://www.thebestpossibleyou.com/

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel
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Gong Vigil For Sarah Everard
For all who women who feel unsafe and have experienced violence, harassment or abuse walking their streets.
Wild Women Do!
A Spring Circle with Katie Rose
Weds 7th April 7-8pm, on Zoom
An invitation for Wild Women* to release and renew with spring song, dance, reflection and relaxation. A safe space to blow off steam and source strength together through creative expression. Come as you are, with all you are feeling and experiencing in these intense times. 
*Inclusive of all people who identify as women 
To attend: please make a donation in the Honesty Box and write Wild Women Do! in the Notes on your order. 

 
Spring Singing
Huge Thanks to all the singers who have persevered and sung all the way through lockdown 3.0!
I'm looking forward to rule of 6 singing outdoors and the official return of choirs from May 17th -  Fingers crossed!!
Photo: ManSong Spring Party.
Find out more about choirs

 

Big Spring Sing
Joyful Singing with Katie Rose

Weds 14th April 7-8pm on Zoom
Awakening and celebrating the coming of Spring, (and the gradual release from lockdown) with joyful spring songs of various styles and flavours.  Feel free to wear your spring bonnet/ daffodil :)

To attend: please make a donation in the Honesty Box and
write Big Spring Sing! in the Notes on your order. 

Zoom links will be sent within 24 hours of your order and again just before the event. 

Coaching with Katie Rose - Claim the Power, Joy and Magic of your Voice

Coaching with Katie Rose
Claim the Power, Joy & Magic of Your Voice

‚ÄúI left the session feeling amazed and energised. Ready for life, even more so.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄĒ Kylei - Fire Fighter

Singing or Speaking in Public is our No 1 fear, studies show, above death!  It's absolutely possible to liberate yourself from fear and speak and sing with ease and confidence.    Learning about our voices is a lifelong adventure with many wonderful benefits for our wellbeing.  Find out more

Power Petals - 1 minute tips to help bring your voice up roses
Power Petal 3 - The Power of Saying No!
Subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get each one as they come! 

Camellia
From the tender heart of spring emerging
Bursts the winter rose, tsubaki -
Startling beauty of petalled perfection,
Luscious¬†ch√°huńĀ¬†tea flower,
Nestled in leafy treasure chests
Of the world's most beloved beverage.
Multi-layered floral faces trace
Multi-national roots to many places -
Enjoyed for centuries in the gardens
And ceremonies of China, Japan, India,
Clipped and traded by Western colonists,
Named Camellia by a Swedish botanist
After a Moravian Jesuit Botanist
Whose studies of Filipino plant medicine
Did not include his namesake.
Swooning, self beheading,
Feared by samurai, beloved by lovers,
Death locks stem and flower
In eternal embrace.


ūüĆĻKatie Rose¬†

Marching for Women - March News from Katie Rose ūüĆĻūüé∂ 

 

Exciting Announcement! My New Album Flame will be out Summer 2021
Dear Friend

Marching for Women
This month's edition of the Rose Window Newsletter is dedicated to girls and women worldwide, in celebration of #IWD2021 and Mothers Day

ūüĆĻ¬†¬†ANNOUNCEMENT -¬†My New Album Flame will be out in Summer 2021!
¬†ūüĆĻ¬†¬†BLOG/ ZOOMCAST¬†-¬†The Voice of Global Feminism¬†with Raakhi Shah
ūüĆĻ¬†¬†BIG FOOD OF LOVE THANKYOU!¬†we raised¬†¬£343¬†at our fundraiser!

¬†ūüĆĻ¬†CHOIRS -¬†Zooming through Lockdown 3.0
ūüĆĻ¬†¬†COACHING -¬†claim the joy, magic and power of your voice
¬†ūüĆĻ¬†¬†POETRY -¬†Springsong emerging


Thank you for listening, reading and staying tuned!
Sending you all a big singing hug
Stay safe, sane and sound

ūüĆĻ¬†ūüé∂¬†The¬†Voice of Global Feminism¬†ūüé∂ūüĆĻ
The magic of March includes International Women's Day 2021 and  Mother's Day. On this month's Vocal Revolution Zoomcast (video below - or listen on Apple Podcasts) Raakhi Shah, CEO of The Circle shared how we can support, celebrate and empower the voices of women and girls worldwide
Here's some reflections on our conversation - we'd love to hear yours! 

1. Circles of Connection
This is the power of the circle ... to bring the voices of women
to the forefront. - Raakhi Shah

When I heard Annie Lennox speak about her charity The Circle at an IWD March 2017, which supports women to form circles which ripple out to community, social, national and global levels, I signed up immediately.  The Circle works on the premise that when women join together, they empower each other. The Circle is made up of overlapping circles- there's a Music Circle, a Healthcare Circle, a Lawyers Circle and Circles for global regions.

2.Global Feminism
 It’s about bringing together a collective of women across borders, building those connections and really supporting each other.
- Raakhi Shah

Global Feminism, the core concept at the centre of the Circle, is based on the understanding that the experiences of women around the globe are diverse and that feminism needs to be supportive and inclusive of women who are excluded or vulnerable.



3.Tea Breaks Down Barriers
You can always hear a cackle of laughter between women, no matter what they’re doing. - Raakhi Shah
Reflecting on how we can build cross-cultural understanding, Raakhi told the story of the Global Music House, where working with Irise International, young women from Uganda and the UK joined together through the power of music to create a global dance hour that people around the world enjoyed.  Having fun, laughing and drinking tea together is all part of making a difference and building connections.

4. Happy International Women's Day!

IWD is such a pivotal global moment for everyone to think about being inspired and recommitting to women’s rights - Raakhi Shah


8 Days of Action - 1st - 8th March
Ideas for ways you can get involved:


Amplify the women in your #CirclesofChange
Celebrate your mum daughter/ granny/ friends/ colleague/ neighbour/ community pioneer/ frontline heroine/ role model. Share and tag The Circle.

Virtually march at the Care March for Women on Sunday 7th March

Join The Circle's IWD Event with Annie Lennox in conversation with Baroness Lola Young on Monday 8th March.

Make a pledge for gender equality
This can be as simple as making time for a chat with a good female friend.
I pledge to continue donating and raising funds and awareness for The Circle
and to continue the work of amplifying women's voices in choirs and coaching.

Wishing you a Magical March and empowering, inspiring
International Women's Day & Mothers Day



ūüĆĻ¬†ūüé∂¬†Be well, be safe, breathe deep, sing loudly¬†ūüĆĻ¬†ūüé∂
Lots of love, virtual hugs and good singing vibes

info@therosewindow.org
www.therosewindow.org


I'll be virtually marching for women over 8 days of activism 1st-8th March
on my Social Media - do come and join me!
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Vocal Revolution Zoomcast
Transforming the world through voice
The Voice of Global Feminism with Raakhi Shah, CEO of The Circle
Ahead of¬†#InternationalWomensDay‚Äč 2021, Raakhi Shah, CEO of Annie Lennox's charity The Circle, shares how we can support, celebrate and empower the voices of women and girls worldwide. Find out more and get involved at:¬†https://thecircle.ngo/

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Big Tasty Food of Love Thankyou
To everyone who gave their time, energy, love and donations
Our Fundraiser with Jenny Green & Gill Manly raised £343 for 
St George's Hospital Charity - supporting frontline workers working at our NHS
Matthews Yard Hampers for Children  supporting families struggling to feed their families.  MY also offer a full menu of lovingly prepared food via their Hatch, Deliveroo & Uber.
Choirs Zooming Through Lockdown
Hopefully we are on the final strait, singing our way towards Spring.
At Welcome Choir, we had a rainbow Party to celebrate LGBT History Month.

For more information about:
Caterham Community Choir, Croydon Carers Choir, Lung Songs, ManSong, Welcome Choir, please visit:
https://www.therosewindow.org/choirs
Coaching with Katie Rose - Claim the Power, Joy and Magic of your Voice

Coaching with Katie Rose
Claim the Power, Joy & Magic of Your Voice

‚ÄúA unique opportunity to have attention and input from a highly skilled and talented teacher.‚Ä̬†‚ÄĒ Roderick Ellis (Bellow Fellows and ManSong Baritone)

Singing or Speaking in Public is our No 1 fear, studies show, above death!  It's absolutely possible to liberate yourself from fear and speak and sing with ease and confidence.    Learning about our voices is a lifelong adventure with many wonderful benefits for our wellbeing.  Find out more

Power Petals - 1 minute tips to help bring your voice up roses
Subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get each one as they come! 

Bees lapping croci nectar in the honey of the almost Spring sun,
A pale orb hanging in the reflective faces of rocky pools.
Bare trees twizzling their twisted branches towards heaven
Whilst I squelch through winter's muddy residue on earth,
Clambering hills to catch breath and gain perspective
On this strange, ugly-beautiful urban landscape I inhabit.
Here tenacious nature fills whatever pockets she can find
With her wild, enchanting songs, humming with a symphony
Skyscrapers can only point bluntly towards, puncturing skylines
Where birds sail on wings garbed with the promise of Spring.

ūüĆĻKatie Rose 20/2/21 - Springsong emerging

The Food of Love - February News from Katie Rose 

The Food of Love
A Fundraising Feast of Poetry and Song

Sunday 28th February, 7.00-8.00pm

Hosted by Katie Rose
with special guests including Jazz Diva Gill Manly
Raising voices and funds to feed our community & support frontline workers
By Donation to the Honesty Box - Proceeds: 50% to St George's Hospital Charity & 50% to Matthews Yard Hampers for Children - Matthews Yard also offer a full menu of lovingly prepared food via their Hatch, Deliveroo & Uber.
Dear <<First Name>>

Sending you all a big loving virtual lockdown hug,
hope you're keeping safe and sound


In this love-packed February Edition of The Rose Window Newsletter enjoy:

ūüĆĻ¬†¬†INVITATION -¬†The Food of Love, Fundraising Feast
¬†ūüĆĻ¬†¬†BLOG/ ZOOMCAST¬†-¬†The Voice of Activism¬†with Tom Morley
ūüĆĻ¬†MUSIC¬†-¬†Wandering -¬†acapella ditty in honour of lockdown walks¬†¬†
¬†ūüĆĻ¬†CHOIRS -¬†Zooming through Lockdown 3.0
ūüĆĻ ¬†COACHING -¬†claim the joy, magic and power of your voice
¬†ūüĆĻ ¬†POETRY -¬†Hope dawned today.. Inauguration poem


Thank you for listening, reading and staying tuned!
Vocal Revolution Zoomcast Ep 5 Voice of Activism with Tom Morley and Katie Rose

ūüĆĻ ūüé∂¬†The¬†Voice of Activism¬†ūüé∂ūüĆĻ
On this month's Vocal Revolution Zoomcast (video below - also now available on Apple Podcasts - yay!) Tom Morley and I talked about activating the inner rockstar and making a generous contribution to the world. 
Drummer and founding member of Scritti Politti, Tom has earned the title of Rockstar Activator for helping people get out of their boxes through music at events, workshops, keynotes, retreats and conferences. 
Here's my reflections from our conversation - we'd love to hear yours! 

1. Self Liberation
It’s all about permission - Tom Morley
Activism is motivated by our deepest held values, convictions, beliefs and purpose.  It starts as an inside job - as Caroline Caldwell says, 'in a society that profits from your self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.'  The first task is to love and liberate ourselves and our voices.  In our Zoomcast, Tom speaks about how we liberate our 'wild twin' from the shackles of social conditioning and judgement, so that we can really come to the party of life.  As we give ourselves permission, we give others permission, becoming a force for change.

2. Making a Generous Contribution
Generosity of spirit has a kind of rolling energy to it, so you create more generosity in yourself and you allow others to be generous around you... Tom Morley
Change happens in a wave like motion, just like the movement of sound through air.  Being activated by what touches, inspires or pains us, sends ripples out into the world which reaches and connects with others in resonance.  Giving generously from a sense of our interconnectedness - as expressed by the principle of Ubuntu - I am because you are - builds momentum for change.

3. Lead from where you are now
Seize the day, don‚Äôt wait till you‚Äôve done that extra workshop or read that extra book or talked to your coach,¬†who‚Äôs the leader in this house? ‚Äď you‚Äôre the leader! - Tom Morley
Activism rarely comes out of having the perfect conditions, resources or qualifications - it occurs as response to a big question, challenge, issue where things are very far from perfect.   It requires take a leap of faith and belief that change is possible - even if not in our lifetime, but for future generations.
This weekend choir members have been taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch (29th Jan-19th Feb) to help provide vital information for conservationists.  Also this weekend, friends from the Women's Equality Party held an online rally and flooded Twitter with the hashtag #HomeSchooled to highlight the impact of the pandemic on parents and Early Years workers.  Also this weekend heroic activist Marcus Rashford, spoke out against the racist abuse he receives, prompting calls to address hate speech on social media. 
Right now, we all have to be our own heroes and leaders to get through each day and support each other - whether it's fundraising for our heroic frontline workers, contributing to our local foodbank, homeschooling our children and checking on our neighbours.  

We don't have to be perfect, we just need to give ourselves permission to speak up and stand up for what we believe in. 
So let's all follow those calls of our heart to share bold, brave, beautiful actions in the world.


One of my actions for February is to invite you to a
Food of Love, Fundraising Feast of Poetry and Song - see above
Do let me know if you'd like to come to this or any other singing thing
- I'd love to see and sing with you virtually.

Wishing you powerful, loving activism this February

Be well, be safe, breathe deep, sing loudly 
Lots of love, virtual hugs and good singing vibes


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Hope dawned today -
Chinks of light breaking through
Ravaged chambers of broken hearts.
Hope carried on the flaming voices
And soaring redemption songs
Of stars and seers, young and old.
Hope that the choking stranglehold
Of brutal oppression will be met
By the bending arc of justice.
Hope that our fractured world,
Frayed by disease, fear and greed,
Might stitch together a new unity.
Hope that we might, in treasuring
Our breath and the breath of our beloveds,
Learn to let our planet breathe.

Katie Rose
Inauguration Day 20/1/21