● Be sure to arrive in good time for the start of each class and where possible let your choir leader know if you may be late or unable to attend.
● Check the booking details carefully to ensure you are aware of parking and venue access information.
● Some women will bring children with them. This is a class for both women and children and as a group we respect the needs of each woman.
● Feeding or offering your child snacks and drinks throughout the session is absolutely fine if needed.
● We will spend time both sitting and standing.
● Gentle toys are provided, it is also recommended to bring a baby blanket in case the need to snuggle arrises mid-song.
● Be sure to let your choir leader know if you have any specific dietary requirements including gluten free, vegan etc. Every effort will be made to cater for your needs in the all-important tea and cake part of the class!
Accessibility Conditions: The venue is fully accessible for buggies and wheelchairs and there are baby-changing facilities.
Getting to choir: The Great Hall is in the heart of the Fair Mile development in Cholsey. It’s tucked away around the back of the development – follow signs for the Great Hall. Come in through the main entrance, and the meeting room is on the left side of the main hall as you leave the foyer.
Important Info: We will start singing at 10.30 am so please arrive in good time to get settled. We will sing for one hour then have tea and cake!
Parking: Free parking for up to 40 cars on site: please use the four large bays opposite the hall (not the residents’ parking).
About your choir leader
Music is a great source of joy and companionship for me. I have started choirs in a mixture of places, where creative outlets were sorely needed! I led a choir at my workplace, leading to numerous performances and a lot of fun rehearsing at lunchtimes, and ran a singing group for the elderly at their day centre as a volunteer. I have left my corporate job to focus on doing what comes naturally – creating spaces for people to join in songs. I have a thimbleful of musical training, but mainly do it because I love it and can’t help it. I’m also an Art Therapist-in-training and sing in a jazz band.
For women who love to sing, feel creatively starved, or want to connect with others and express themselves, Singing Mamas welcomes women of all abilities to join together in song. If you’ve been told you can’t sing, come and find your voice and blend with others in beautiful harmonies. If you’re an experienced songstress, come and connect with other women and free your voice in new styles of singing. On top of being rewarding and great for your wellbeing, singing together is also tonnes of fun! Children are most welcome, and can play in the centre of the circle while we sing.
I am learning plenty of uplifting world music, folk and spiritual songs all arranged to make great harmonies easily. I’ll probably sneak in a few show tunes as well, and certainly wouldn’t say no to a good pop song.
I am thrilled to bring the harmonic power of Singing Mamas to Oxfordshire. Join at any time during the term or book a taster session. Email me with any questions, I’d love to hear from you!
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