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Soft diplomacy 🌹🎶


Dear Friend

We are going into the dark times my friends -
The leaves fall in crumpled carpets at our feet,
The light dwindles,
As the year burns to a glowing ember.
We can create magic in the dark times my friends -
Each one of us a light on the gossamer web of life,
We kindle sparks
As life burns slow, dark and deep.

🌹 🎶November News  🎶🌹
Lots of seasonal singing to make long nights sparkle this month:

Soft Diplomacy - how can music melt conflict? - reflections from
Vocal Revolution Podcast Episode 13: Voicing Change with Wallee McDonnell

* Creative Coaching -  Ita O'Brien - Intimacy on Set Founder & Lead Intimacy Coordinator shares her creative coaching journey.

* Writing/ Interview -  what are your seasons and stages of creativity? -
I was honoured to be a guest on Anna Sayburn Lane's Creative Year Conversations which inspired me to write a Blog Mapping Your Creative Process

PLUS... How can we harness the power of HOPE? -
the latest edition Turning Point Magazine is out now!

* Carol Corner - Choir Christmas Calendar 

Sing the Change - write to your MP to protect our wonderful world

🌹🎶Soft Diplomacy🎶🌹 
"You walk out and your heart's a bit more open"
In the latest episode of Vocal Revolution, Wallee McDonnell of Celebrate Life Events
reflects on how music can bring people together across conflict and shares an invitation to The Power to Change documentary, which premieres at The Ritzy Cinema, Brixton on 10th November.

"inside of everyone is art... a lid needs to be lifted off and encouraged."
- Wallee McDonnell

Drawing on many years working in music and social justice settings including Amnesty, Refugee Council, Skyros and St Ethelburga's Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Wallee shares many inspiring stories of how music can touch and draw out a deeper connection within us.  He reminds us that it is a matter of the heart to stay connected to our shared humanity and that through the arts we can soothe loneliness, soften barriers and lift the lid on hidden talents.

An antenna pops up and says "I'm happy!"
- Wallee McDonnell

Wallee gives us a sneak preview of the documentary The Power to Change which follows the journey of four Londoners who, faced with tremendous challenges, find the strength to make new choices and rebuild their lives. Celebrating the value of life and the power to choose happiness over revenge, violence, and heartbreak, the documentary sounds incredibly inspiring and I can't wait to see it. 
What did your antenna pick up?
We'd love to hear your thoughts on this rich discussion
- do drop us a comment, email or review on Apple Podcasts.

🌹 🎶   BIG THANKYOU! 🎶🌹
For staying tuned and singing your song!
Wishing you much sparkly singing this November.

🌹 🎶 Be well, be safe, breathe deep, sing loudly 
Lots of good warming singing vibes
Vocal Revolution Ep 13 - Voicing Change with Wallee McDonnell
"Soft diplomacy" - Wallee reflects on how music can bring people together across conflict and shares an invitation to The Power to Change documentary, due out 10th November.
Creative Coaching
Katie Rose and I have been working together since April 2014, initially to support the creation of a devised theatre piece, ‘does my sex offend you?”, and then more recently on the development and implementation of the Intimacy On Set Guidelines and the role of the Intimacy Practitioner in drama schools, and in the profession in theatre and on film. Working with Katie Rose has given me the space to reflect on my experiences as the work has evolved. Katie brings such indepth reflection, clarity and guidance, allowing me to understand the challenges faced and celebrate the times of success. I am so grateful for Katie and her practice for the beautiful space she provides.”
 Ita O'Brien - Intimacy on Set Founder & Lead Intimacy Coordinator

Creative Year Conversations with Anna Sayburn Lane
Thanks to writer Anna Sayburn Lane for inviting me to be her guest on her Creative Year Conversations - we reflected on the stages and seasons of creativity whilst sitting by the Crystal Palace Sphinx in squirrel season.
Our conversation inspired me to write a Blog Mapping Your Creative Process

🌹 🎶 Seasonal Singing Calendar  🎶🌹
'Tis the season to sing on every street corner! 
Ready to sparkle at a choir? - Drop me a line!

🌹 🎶Welcome Choir 🎶🌹
Thursdays 7-8.30pm at St John the Evangelist, SE19 2RX
4th Dec - Christmas Busk at CP Food Market

10th Dec - LMP Concert - Christmas Classics @ Crystal Palace 
16th Dec - Carol Crawl in Crystal Palace
Jingle an e-bell if you'd like to come for a FREE TASTER

🌹 🎶 Hive Community Choir 🎶🌹
Wednesdays at St John the Evangelist, SE19 2RX 
Weekly drop-in lunch service - 12.30 - 2pm

Singsongs round the piano 2-3pm
November 17th & December 1st
Dec 8th - Christmas Special with Guest LMP Players 

Dec 10th - LMP Concert - with Welcome Choir 

🌹 🎶Breathe Harmonix NHS Choir 🎶🌹
Mike King's Christmas Reunion Concert
with My Cool Singers and the Mike King Collective
St. Catherine’s Church, 102A Pepys Road, London, SE14 5SG, 
Dec 18th, 7.30 - 9.30pm, Tickets

Honoured to be collaborating with Mike King and Breathe Arts

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

Free fun seasonal sings for Croydon Carers
November 10th & 24th
December 8th & 15th

🌹 🎶 Caterham Community Choir 🎶🌹
Tuesdays 7-9pm, de Stafford School, Burntwood Lane, CR3 5YX
Dec 14th - Seasonal SingSong with Sarah & Katie

🌹 🎶 HeartSong 🎶🌹
Holwell Village Hall, Pirton Lane, SG5 3SS
Nov 26th, 2-4pm - Happy Healthy Seasonal Harmonies

🌹 🎶 Heart & Lung Songs 🎶🌹
Hybrid Sessions @ Tooting Works
Nov 13th & 25th, Dec 9th - Christmas Party
🌹 🎶Sing the Change - Music Declares Emergency 🎶🌹
Choirs across the country, including members of Welcome Choir, sent a powerful singing message to #COP26 to protect our wonderful world.  
Find out more and email your MP