I love singing with others, and more than that I love enabling people to sing together. I get the biggest buzz from seeing the delight (and sometimes shock!) on people's faces when they hear themselves singing as a group and making a wonderful sound!
I first experienced the magic of singing together around the campfire as a Girl Guide and I've continued to sing ever since.
In 2004, I started going along to a singing workshop led by Faith Watson of Singing for Larks
. I was thrilled to learn wonderful acapella harmony songs, all taught by ear. I became a regular and within a year I decided I wanted to be able lead my own singing workshops. First came a year of planning and fundraising, and then I began 2 years of training, with Faith as my mentor, to acquire the skills I needed.
I began leading songs at Woodlarks
singing group as part of my mentoring with Faith, and in September 2008 at the end of my training, I succeeded her as the workshop leader. For almost 5 years I enjoyed working with Woodlarks every week.
In summer 2009 I moved to Sheffield, and for several years ran three regular workshops here, on Monday afternoons in Ranmoor
, Wednesday evenings in Nether Edge, and Ecclesall on Thursday afternoons. I was very sad to hand over my daytime groups in 2015 when I started working full-time, but I still love singing every Wednesday evening.