🌹🎶 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.
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
🌹 2 Months to Go! Flame Album Launch on 30th July 🌹 BLOG/ ZOOMCAST - The Inclusive Voice with Naveen Arles 🌹 CHOIRS - Wild Outdoor Singing! 🌹 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
🌹 🎶 The Inclusive Voice 🎶🌹 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’s way beyond personal charm, it’s empowering people with their own courage and their own, newly discovered, voices." – Tom 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.
🌹 🎶 Be well, be safe, breathe deep, sing loudly - Lots of love, virtual hugs and good singing vibes
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 Claim the Power, Joy & Magic of Your Voice
“Katie 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.” - Cath