Thu, 11 Jan|
St Michael & All Angels Church, Exeter
Yes You Can Sing! | DRLC
Give your heart a voice through song and community bonding in this all-inclusive acapella choir. Offered in partnership with the Devon Recovery Learning Community. Course of 5 weekly classes. Booking is for all 5 sessions. FREE Entry – Open to everyone age 18+
Time & Location
11 Jan 2024, 10:20 – 08 Feb 2024, 12:30
St Michael & All Angels Church, Exeter, Mount Dinham, Exeter EX4 4EB, UK
About the Event
Yes You Can Sing! 🎶
Give your heart a voice through song and community bonding in this all-inclusive acapella choir. We will work by ear with simple songs to create amazing harmonies together. We are building a Recovery Choir, returning students welcome!
Offered in partnership with the Devon Recovery Learning Community.
Tutors: Marie Free & Dickon Fell
FREE Entry – Open to everyone age 18+
Course of 5 weekly classes, Booking is for all 5 sessions:
Dates: Thursdays on Jan 11th, 18th, 25th and Feb 1st & 8th
Time: 10:20 am to 12:30
Location: St Michael & All Angels Church, Mount Dinham, Exeter EX4 4EB
Classes are offered to people with experience of mental health difficulties, their family and friends, and the professionals who support them.
The 'Yes You Can Sing!' group is a safe and fun space for EVERYONE to explore and reclaim singing as YOUR BIRTHRIGHT, and the magic of voices that come together in song.
Whether you are a total beginner or an experienced singer, whether you are confident or curious, dubious or petrified – and especially if you have been told that you can't sing – this is the group for you!
In a fun and relaxed atmosphere, we sing short songs in simple harmonies from around the world, from folk to gospel, tribal and spiritual – songs that sing of Love, Peace, Compassion – or sometimes just fun songs.
All songs are taught by ear and through the body (no music reading here!) so that everyone can learn easily, incorporating meditation, mindfulness, gentle body work and conscious breathing exercises for confidence and connection to your own true voice.
There is always something you can contribute no matter your level of experience or confidence, and you will definitely have a good time, with lots of shared laughter, mutual support and surprising achievements.
This is about re-discovering that singing is natural and a normal part of being human, and how it reconnects us to our own heart as well as to each other when we sound our voices together. Creating happiness, wellbeing and authentic heart community – singing is a major key to mental, emotional and physical health and it is free!
I also teach fun and simple exercises to help you find, protect and improve your singing voice, so that you understand how singing works and how you can develop your voice for confidence and skill. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced singer, you will find that you naturally make progress with your singing week after week.
But most importantly, this is a friendly, supportive, relaxed and inclusive group, with no pressure and no judgement.
You are welcome whatever your skin colour(s), gender inclination(s), political trend, spiritual belief, neuro-divergence (I am autistic myself), and whether you love or hate Marmite. Even if you are a BSL user, there are many ways in which you can join in, creating singing in your own way.
The main purpose is that everyone enjoys themselves a lot and leaves each session with a warm fuzzy heart boost.
Classes are offered as courses of 5 sessions during term time, with the final class taking place in a quiet public space to share our songs out in the world (this is optional so no pressure! You are also welcome to just attend the closed sessions). There are also opportunities to sing in public at local events or in mini flash mobs for those who wish (optional too).
Everyone welcome, no experience required.
Singing is what we ALL share in whatever way that may be, so please DO come and join us!
We are waiting for you. 💕
Marie is an experienced singer and recovery practitioner who is passionate about reclaiming singing as a birthright. She has been singing since childhood, just for the love of it – and for the magic it brings to individuals and community. She later trained in various singing and breathing techniques – classical, folk, yoga, the Alexander Technique, and sound healing – and knows that EVERYONE can sing given the right tools and a supportive environment. Her passion is to share the tools of self-empowerment brought by ancient and natural practices, always in an atmosphere of acceptance, inclusion and relaxed fun infused with deep heart-learning.
Dickon is a passionate musician and arts teacher. A firm believer in that music has the power to bring happiness and friendship, Dickon has been bringing music to adults and chidlren through lessons for all levels of abilities for most of his life, and he is a regular attendee to folk music sessions and concerts.