At these popular evenings, simple, sacred rounds and chants in four-part harmony are learned and sung.
This might be music that is joyful, glad, sad or peaceful, from a variety of sources.
The silence that follows the singing offers the opportunity to be still, to pray or meditate.
About the Evenings
We start with a gentle body and voice warm-up and some simple rounds, then move on to learn songs and chants in-four parts. Some people are unfamiliar with this - or any! - type of singing so we will help you find the part that best suits your voice (whether you sing high, middle or low).
Songs are learnt by ear, with simple hand movements as a guide. No musical experience is needed.
Once the songs feel embedded, we start singing them repetitively. Someone leads each part, so no-one is on their own.
The focus of the session is singing the songs together. As they wash over us they can be a way in to stillness, prayer or meditation in the “dazzling silence” that can follow.
All are welcome: churchgoers and non-churchgoers, those of all faiths, those seeking to open themselves to or deepen their experience of God.
About the Group
Gill Greenwood is a natural voice singing practitioner and a member of the Contemplative Fire Community.
Nick Cocking has sung in music groups at a number of churches, most recently at Christ Church, Pitsmoor.
David Beddow enjoys working with the St Clement’s Church Choir in Horsley, Derbyshire.
Linda Batten has enjoyed We Who Sing evenings for the past 4 years and, as a Quaker, found them peaceful, fulfilling and uplifting. She also enjoys teaching singing.
Gill Upham has been coming to the Whirlow evenings since 2013. They have become an essential element of her spiritual wellbeing. Gill sings with a natural voice choir.
Mark Strong writes sacred songs and teaches singing in the natural voice tradition.
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