The Song Book has landed!

We are riding a wave of pure joy today – We hold in our hands our first song book! A Song Book for Everyone: Songline Edition contains twenty-one beautiful and original songs, gifted to us by some very special women to share with you enable you to feel the same joy and release as you sing.

Proceeds from the song book will go towards creating programmes which centre on singing for better health and well-being and making singing accessible to all.

The Song Book has landed!

The idea for the song book came from our Songline sessions which took place during lock down 2020 (facilitated by Singing Mamas Choir CIC and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund). The sessions were an uplifting and vital experience for many of us – sharing a song three times a week brought us together as a community and enabled us to feel support and comfort as we sang.

The song book celebrates many of the song sharers who took part – including Helen Yeomans, Kirsty Orr, Sophia Efthimiou, Fran Andre, Kirsty Martin, Asha McCarthy and many more!

As part of honouring the gift of song that the contributors have made, we have made sure to include in their own words, where the idea to write the song has come from.

Asha McCarthy, a Singing Mamas Choir Leader and Classically trained musician, did an amazing job of curating the content, transcribing the music and recording parts – we are ever so grateful for her creativity and hard work.

The song book truly is for ‘Everyone’.  The songs speak of the human experience and transcend the lock down – they are positive, powerful, and thoughtful.

We include MP3 parts and a Listening Album to buy alongside the song book, as well as helpful performance notes.

You can enjoy these songs at home, in your choir setting, amongst friends, in schools or as part of voluntary roles in the community.

Here is the list of songs that we hope you will fall in love with:

DAWN
From the Birds – By Victoria Casey
The Sun Is Rising – By Phillipa Snell
East Chorus – By Kirsty Martin
The Sun Will Rise – By Kate Shrubsall

AM
Turtle Dove – By Emma Partridge
Zooming High – By Louise Blackburn
You Gotta Start Somewhere – By Penny Stone
You Are Enough – By Kirsty Orr
This Is Home – By Sophia Efthimiou

MIDDAY
Ceremony Boogie – By Helen Yeomans

AFTERNOON
Rock And A Hard Place –By Lynfa Sioufi
Tick Tock – By Victoria Casey
Hold On – By Emma Partridge
Overlapping Waves – By Maya Waldman
Rock Me Slow – By Zoie Kennedy
It’s OK To Stop – by Rachel Hilton

DUSK
Circle Of Firelight – By Emma Mutter
Seed Song (Listen) – By Maeve Leahy

NIGHT
I Will Sing – By Jo Taylor
Burn Brightly – By Fran Andre
So Much – By Asha McCarthy

If you have any questions, or would like to feature in our next edition, please email: info@singingmamaschoir.com

Songline is back! Take that Covid-19!

Songline, by Singing Mamas Choir CIC, returns for another run of online community singing sessions from Monday 5th October 2020.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

When the UK went in to lock down in March 2020, Singing Mamas Choir CIC stepped up with the help of the National Lottery Community Fund to create ‘Songline’, an online singing lifeline which ran for thirteen weeks and brought thousands of people together in community and song – people who would have otherwise felt isolated by the impact of the virus.

Thanks to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund, Songline can return with another programme of incredible Song Sharers to connect people through singing, and improve their general well-being in these uncertain times.

An exciting update this time around, participants are welcome to pitch up and share songs with each other on a Wednesday night, a bit like an open mic night for choirs!

Kate Valentine said “We proved over lockdown that Songline has the power to connect, uplift and strengthen – we cannot wait to sing with you all again – anybody is welcome!”

Maxine Miller said “Songline makes me sing without thinking and it really helped with my depression this summer. Songline is a joyful connection for people, through people and a reason to start the day without thinking too much about tomorrow. I’m so glad it is back”.

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Notes to Editor:

• Main contact: Lindsey Joy – Communications Lead at Singing Mamas Choir CIC – lindsey@bodhimama.co.uk and 07817 305458

• Alternative contact: Kate Valentine – Founder & Director of Singing Mamas Choir CIC – mskatevalentine@gmail.com and 07765 238444

• Singing Mamas Choir are a wide network of community based, face to face choirs bringing people together to connect and experience the freedom, energy and pure magic of harmony singing in our natural voice. Singing Mamas was established over 10 years ago by Kate Valentine as a way to get more people singing.

• Kate Valentine – Kate is the Founder and Director of Singing Mamas Choir CIC – she answered the call during lock down to return to the NHS front line as an A&E Nurse based in East Sussex – she runs Singing Mamas CIC at the same time and bringing people together in community and song is her passion!

• Maxine Miller – is a Songline participant from day one, she lives in London, UK.

• Songline will be live every Monday and Friday at 10.30am – 11.00am, led by a well-known Natural Voice Song Sharer. Wednesdays at 8.00pm – 8.30pm are open to all to pitch up and share a song with the Songline community. Songline is free, and welcomes both men and women, and children. People can join in on Zoom: 999 101 2345 (pw:12345) or Facebook Watch Party.

• Programme details – Songline returns from Monday 5th October until the end of January 2021 (except for the week commencing 09/11/20, and over the Christmas period from 21/12/20 until 08/01/21).

• Target audience – people in extended isolation due to high COVID-19 risk as a result of age or underlying health conditions/people at home with children, lacking their usual support networks/ people with mental health challenges exacerbated by lockdown/anyone feeling isolated and in need of a boost due to the COVID-19 situation

• Find out more about Singing Mamas Choir: https://www.facebook.com/singingmamas/ and www.singingmamaschoir.com

• Evidence to support ‘Singing improves mental health and well being’:
– BBC Future (2020), https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200518-why-singing-can-make-you-feel-better-in-lockdown
– Oxford University (2015), https://theconversation.com/choir-singing-improves-health-happiness-and-is-the-perfect-icebreaker-47619
– The Guardian (2019), https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/dec/06/singing-babies-postnatal-depression