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Make Music Not War 🌹🎶


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🌹 🎶 Make Music Not War🎶🌹
Music is the language of the spiritIt opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife - Khalil Gibran
Since I last wrote the world has turned upside down, the tragic madness of war unfolds in front of our eyes and it can seem that we are powerless to stop it.
However, across the world, people are raising their voices for peace in brave, courageous and creative ways.
No one wins in war, only peace can win.
To this end we pledge our hearts and voices, singing, chanting, calling, praying, meditating, longing for peace - not only in Ukraine but in all areas of conflict - whether thousands of miles away, down the street or within ourselves.

🌹 🎶 Make Peace Not War 🎶🌹 
Declare it. Just the same way we declare war. That is how we will have peace… we just need to declare it. - John Lennon

🌹  Peace with self - challenging times require us to step-up our self-care and anchor into daily practices that support our inner peace - be that exercise, meditation, good food, time in nature, phone a friend...

🌹  Peace in action Thich Naht Hanh, Vietnamese monk and activist who passed earlier this year said 
When bombs begin to fall on people, you cannot stay in the meditation hall all the time. Meditation is about the awareness of what is going on — not only in your body and in your feelings, but all around you.
We can channel our feelings of anxiety, anger, despair into action -
here are 25 meaningful ways you can help Ukraine 
Our daily actions, such as singing, help send good vibes out into the world! 

🌹 Peace with people of all genders, orientations, abilities, cultures and creeds - Music can be a powerful tool to help us form friendships and connections with those we have been conditioned to view as 'other.'  Opening our social circles, hearts and minds, enables us to grow (and sing!) together.

🌹  Peace for the planet - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania became independent as the result of a non-violent movement known as the Singing Revolution.  The conflict in Ukraine has stirred a global chorus for peace which has the revolutionary power, passion and purpose to provoke us all to reflect deeply on
what we can each do to create a more peaceful world.

As we contemplate the revolutionary power of our voices, I'm delighted to share my latest podcast with Randolph Matthews:
🌹New Podcast - The Embodied Voice with Randolph Matthews 🌹
Watch on YouTube or Listen on Apple Podcasts

🌹 🎶 The voice is the healing tool - composer, performance artist and voice facilitator Randolph Matthews shares a wealth of wisdom about how we can claim the joy, beauty and power of embodied vocal expression.

The voice holds many different facets of who we are and what we are going through personally - Randolph Matthews
Randolph's multi-faceted musical career spans two decades and travels through jazz, blues and contemporary dance. He trained at Goldsmiths and in Voice Movement Therapy in Boston, US and has performed and led workshops nationally and internationally, opening for Herbie Hancock, Grace Jones, performing for the Queen and collaborating with artists including international choreographer Alesandra Seutin.
Reflecting on powerful examples from his own life and work, Randolph shares how the voice can both be distorted and be a healing tool for our life experiences.  He shares the hopeful message that it is always possible to expand our voice and presence in the world.

There’s always a song in our hearts that we really love singing
Randolph Matthews

Randolph shares many insights about how we can show up for our voices, for the love of singing and the songs we love. He encourages us to dance with obstacles, embracing them as friction from which to generate movement and to break them down into manageable steps.  By just musing and exploring our voices a little bit every day, we become more of what we aspire to be - someone who enjoys the beauty of singing and vocalising.

The artist has always been at the centre of expressing what the community is feeling. - Randolph Matthews
 Talking about the urgent need for authentic vocal expression - ie saying it how it is - Randolph shares pivotal moments when artists such as Marvin Gaye, spoke their truth and in doing so inspired people across the world.

Pain is a temporary experience, but greatness is forever - Randolph Matthews
Describing the human connectivity that happens when people express raw feelings - as we have seen this week in the global protests against war - Randolph testifies to the power of voice to catalyse pain and inspire us to greatness.  The vocal revolution starts within and ripples out!
I found our conversation really powerful and inspiring and would love to hear what you took from it - do drop us a line/ comment/ review.

Randolph and I will be inviting you to join us at a special summer event where you can explore your voice and take part in a magical performance.
Watch this space! 

However Mad it gets this March, I wish you the peace that sings in the eye of the storm.

Be well, be safe, breathe deep, sing loudly 

🌹 🎶   BIG THANKYOU! 🎶🌹
For staying tuned and singing your song!
Much good singing vibes!
🌹 🎶Singing Calendar  🎶🌹
Ready to sing and shine? - Drop me a line!

🌹 🎶Welcome Choir 🎶🌹
Thursdays 7-8.30pm at St John the Evangelist, SE19 2RX
Sunday April 3rd, 1pm - West Norwood Feast
Thursday April 7th, 8pm - Spring Singing Party 

🌹 🎶Breathe Harmonix NHS Choir 🎶🌹
Honoured to be collaborating with Mike King & Breathe Arts 
April 8th - Concert St Catherine's Church, SE14 5SG, Telegraph Hill Festival

🌹 🎶 Carers Support Centre Choir 🎶🌹
Weds 10.30-11.45am, Carers Support Centre,
24 George Street, Croydon, CR01PG 

🌹 🎶 Caterham Community Choir 🎶🌹
Tuesdays 7-9pm, de Stafford School, Burntwood Lane, CR3 5YX

🌹 🎶 HeartSong 🎶🌹
Holwell Village Hall, Pirton Lane, SG5 3SS
Bi-monthly New Year Singing from Jan 28th

🌹 🎶 Heart & Lung Songs 🎶🌹
Hybrid Sessions @ Tooting Works from Jan 6th
At the moment we are not able to take new members

🌹 🎶 St Christopher's Hospice Choir 🎶🌹
Newly relaunched for 2022!
🌹 🎶 TurningPoint:
Your Lifestyle, Your-WellBeing

Spring Edition: UNSUNG, edited by amazing Esther Austin
and including my article "Singing the Praises of Unsung Heroes" 

Read and Subscribe to the magazine online

Watch the Virtual Gala here
🌹 🎶 Sounding Out

with greater confidence in life. 

  • Do you have a song you want to sing?
  • Do you have an idea you want to sound out? 
  • Is there an issue you need to sound off about? 
  • Do you want to resound with great clarity in life
A Sounding Out Coaching session can support you to claim the joy, power and magic of your voice & creative expression - find out more