Joy of Singing Circles
Joy of Singing - weekly community singing circle
I am a member of the Natural Voice Network and I run weekly Joy of Singing circles in Lewes, East Sussex. A group where people can feel totally comfortable, at ease and welcome to come as they are. There is no music to read, no audition to join and people are encouraged to just really enjoy the process of singing.
What is Natural voice?
"Natural Voice is about celebrating the voice you were born with, rather than trying to train it to an ideal of perfection. It's about building accepting, non-judgmental communities that sing together. It's about welcoming all voices into a group without audition and working from there to make a group sound. It's about making learning by ear accessible to the whole group so that nobody needs to be able to read music" ~ Natural Voice Network.
Our circles are relaxing, uplifting and inspiring and for absolute beginners or the more experienced. We encourage a mindful and body centred approach to sounding and singing and it’s more about how it feels than how it sounds! Our songs and chants are simple, joyful and easy to follow.
Where and when?
Wednesdays 1.30 - 3pm, Friends Meeting House, 8 - 15 Friars Walk, Lewes, BN7 2LE
Weekly singing circle from September 27th 2017, £5 drop in.
Please check dates on this page before coming along:
Circles running on Wednesday 27th September and then 4th / 11th / 18th October (no circle on Sept 23rd).
New term dates to follow...
Thoughts on Singing...
Do you ever sing in secret in the shower or in your car?
Do you wish you had a place to let it all out and release your voice in a safe and unencumbered way but feel quite terrified at the idea?
Then look no further! Joy of Singing Circles are relaxed and informal and are for adults of all ages and abilities. We are not a typical 'choir' so there are no auditions or things to get right or wrong and absolute beginners are very welcome.
We enjoy the many health benefits of Singing together by following the simply guided, gentle breath and vocal warm up followed by a selection of easy to follow, heartwarming and joyful songs / sacred chants from around the world which invite a sense of Inner Joy, Connection, Well Being and Community.
To finish, there will be a short period of sitting in mindful stillness whilst reflecting upon the workshop and on our breath and body sensations. This brings a deep state of inner calm, rejuvenation, inner balancing and satisfaction.
We can often feel afraid of singing or finding our voices and it is quite understandable in this day and age where people seem to be so intent on 'getting things right'. In our Circles there is an understanding that the human voice in itself has a great potential to facilitate self healing and feelings of well being and so there is no judgement as to what actually comes out! To make a sound and actually sing is one of the greatest gifts we have of being human and one of the easiest and most accessible ways to lift our spirits and feel instantly better.
Singing circles normally last for around 1.5 hours and are £5 a session.
I have been a performing and recording singer-songwriter and musician since 1994.
Over the years I have greatly enjoyed working with singing groups and also individuals in 'Find Your Voice' one to one sessions. I love to facilitate people in freeing up their spoken and singing voice and as a result feel good about themselves. Most of all it is about growing a greater sense of confidence and trust in letting go and being who we really are.
I have developed a natural and easy approach to singing and voice work based upon working with people in a mindful body/breath centred way.
I really love getting people together in singing circles and I also teach Joy of Movement classes - holistic dance/movement for health in Lewes, East Sussex. Please drop me a line via the 'Contact' form to register your interest in upcoming Joy of Singing workshops. I look forward to meeting you soon.
Some Musical Recordings -
As well as writing my own music (please see the Stella Homewood Music page), I enjoy singing various other styles and genres including Jazz Swing, Country, Classical, Gospel, Pop, Musical Theatre and Spiritual/New Age.
Here are a collection of some songs I have recorded for your enjoyment...
Little Joys of Art
Please enjoy some of my little joys of art. I am adding new images all the time and am currently compiling an online store for the sale of Art Cards.
Watch this space!