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🌹 🎶 Musical Migrations  

 

🌹 🎶 Wayfaring Stranger -  #RefugeeWeek2022
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Happy Midsummer/ Midwinter wherever you are in the world!

🌹 🎶 In this Month's Newsletter 🌹 🎶
* Wayfaring Stranger - for Refugee Week
* Blog: Musical Migrations - celebrating and honouring musical exchanges
* Summer Sing - your invitation to a sunny singing Workshop 10th July
* Choirs - latest singing news and videos from Choirs
* Coaching - find your unique voice 
* Vocal Revolution Podcast- Ep 19 with Michael Harper


🌹 🎶 Musical Migrations 🎶🌹
 Music travels more easily than people. Migrants may be in exile or faced with closed borders or the red tape of immigration regulations, but music crosses political boundaries without difficulty.  - Moving People, Changing Places
This #RefugeeWeek, I wanted to celebrate the enrichment that musical migration brings to our world and reflect on how we can ensure our musical exchanges are honouring and appreciative.
Our human family tree has its roots in Africa and, as any DNA Ancestry test will testify, our ancestral pathway travels centuries of migration. Humans have always been on the move and human civilisations have always been a cauldron of cultural exchange bubbling with a multitude of musics.
Simply put, we are all migrants, and our music travels with us.

🌹 🎶 Enriching Musical Exchanges 🎶🌹
As we travel in song, we take imaginative voyages which broaden our minds and open our hearts to each other.
Based in the mad, magical melting pot of London, I am privileged to enjoy, learn and teach a wonderful diversity of musics - the benefits include:
* Empathy - one psychologist who attended a singing workshop told me that learning the songs of different cultures has been demonstrated to reduce prejudice and increase empathy for our global neighbours.
* Musical Skills - learning diverse musical styles, rhythms and techniques.
* Lingo - singing is a fantastic way to learn new languages.
* Collaboration - cross-cultural musical connections widen our musical spheres - eg: in one choir with Welsh-speaking members, we learned Welsh songs and performed in concerts with a Welsh Male Choir.
* Learning & Listening - to the expertise and experience of members of our communities. In one hospital group, a Ghanian member of the group gave us a fuller understanding of the song Senua Dedende and led us singing it.
* Respect, awe and wonder - for the amazing diversity of cultures and musical forms in this world.

🌹 🎶 Honouring Musical Exchanges 🎶🌹
Appreciation is when someone seeks to understand and learn about another culture in an effort to broaden their perspective and connect with others cross-culturally.  Appropriation on the other hand, is simply taking one aspect of a culture that is not your own and using it for your own personal interest.  - Kelsey Holmes, Greenheart
Cultural appropriation is one aspect of the legacy of colonisation by white westerners, which consumed, destroyed, assimilated, censored and silenced vast amounts of global music.  It's an ongoing learning process to ensure that our cultural exchanges are honouring - this can include:
* Research - it's important (and fascinating!) to trace the roots of a song -  composer, lineage, history, cultural context, meaning and translation.  We may also need to check whether singing a song out of context will cause offence or harm to the culture of origin.
* Crediting - making sure the roots of a song are fully acknowledged and communicated verbally and in writing on programmes, lyric sheets etc.
* Honouring practitioners - collaborating, deferring and renumerating the expertise of practitioners from the traditions whose musics we enjoy.
* Giving Back - sometimes there is a clear way to pay our dues - eg paying copyright or buying the score/ audio of a piece of music. Many times, however, there is no direct way to do this, especially if a song comes from an oral tradition.  In these cases, we can find creative ways to contribute  - eg donating to charities working in the countries of origin.  Fundraisers such as Sing for Water, which I'm honoured to co-direct in London, are an important way for our choir communities to give back.  

If you have ideas to share please let me know - I am always learning!

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Wishing you magical musical travels!

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Summer Sing
Sunny Singing Workshop
Enjoy an afternoon of singing sunshine, (regardless of the weather!) Songs to get your smile sizzling and toes tapping.
All voices welcome, no musical experience necessary, everything will be taught by ear.
Church Hall at St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, Sylvan Road, SE19 2RX
£25 - please ask if you need a concession
To book please email me

Breathe Harmony sing my arrangement of Good Job by Alicia Keys for Nurses and Midwives Week 2022
🌹 🎶Singing Calendar  🎶🌹
Ready to sing and shine? - Drop me a line!

🌹 🎶Welcome Choir 🎶🌹
Thursdays 7.00-8.30pm at St John the Evangelist, SE19 2RX
Fun lively choir who laugh as much as they sing - more info

🌹 🎶Breathe Harmony NHS Choir 🎶🌹
Honoured to be collaborating with Mike King & Breathe Arts 
Video above from Nurses & Midwives Week 2022

🌹 🎶 Carers Support Centre Choir 🎶🌹
Twice monthly Weds 10.30-11.45am, Carers Support Centre,
24 George Street, Croydon, CR01PG  - 
More info


🌹 🎶 Caterham Community Choir 🎶🌹
Tuesdays 7-9pm, de Stafford School, Burntwood Lane, CR3 5YX
Facebook Page

🌹 🎶 HeartSong 🎶🌹
Holwell Village Hall, Pirton Lane, SG5 3SS
Bi-monthly Singing Fridays 2-4pm: 
June 24th, July 22nd, Sept 30th, Nov 25th


🌹 🎶 Heart & Lung Songs 🎶🌹
Bi-monthly sessions for cardiac & respiratory patients

🌹 🎶 St Christopher's Hospice Choir 🎶🌹
Wednesdays 6.30-8.00pm at St Christopher's Hospice, CARE - Info here
Sing for Water London 2022
18th September

Registration is now open for this year's mass choral fundraiser for WaterAid. Choirs from across the UK join voices and forces to fundraise for WaterAid.  Each sing learns a wonderful watery repertoire of 7 songs and commits to raising a minimum of £50.

To register or find out more - click here
🌹 🎶 Sounding Out

A Safe Space to SOUND OUT, SOUND OFF and RESOUND
with greater confidence in life. 

  • Do you have a song you want to sing?
  • Do you have an idea you want to sound out? 
  • Is there an issue you need to sound off about? 
  • Do you want to resound with great clarity in life
A Sounding Out Coaching session can support you to claim the joy, power and magic of your voice & creative expression - find out more
🌹 🎶 Vocal Revolution Podcast Ep 19 🎶🌹
Freeing Your Voice with Michael Harper 


🌹 🎶 "Be yourself child" - singer, vocal consultant and singing teacher Michael Harper reflects on how we can free our voices and take a stand for freedom in the face of oppression.

🌹 🎶 Freeing Your Voice 

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🌹 🎶 Slowing Down & Simplifying 🎶🌹
The slow philosophy can be summed up in a single word: balance.
Be fast when it makes sense to be fast, and be slow when slowness is called for. Seek to live at what musicians call the tempo giusto - the right speed.
- Carl Honoré, In Praise Of Slow

Hope you are keeping well and enjoying the simple, beautiful natural delights of whatever season it is in your world and whatever tempo you are moving at!
I've been learning how to slow down and simplify  - which is why this newsletter is arriving rather late in the month of May :) - and realising that just as much, if not more, can happen at a slower pace. 

🌹 🎶 Freeing Your Voice 🎶🌹
 Singing can be beautifully simple - as we sing, we move, we breathe, we become a stand for freedom - our own and others.
Liberating ourselves and our voices is the theme of this month's
Vocal Revolution Podcast with singer, vocal consultant and singing teacher Michael Harper. It's a powerful call to freedom personally and collectively.
 
If you're looking to still down, we'll be returning to the essence of breathing, moving and singing at the next Soothing Sunday Sing on June 12th.

As we sing - whether solo or in choir, we build a sonic sanctuary which can renew and restore our sense of being creatively fulfilled, connected, expressed and resourced.  

Wishing you much joy in the slow and simple pleasures of life...
and the freedom to sing and smell the roses!

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katie@therosewindow.org
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🌹 🎶 Vocal Revolution Podcast Ep 19 🎶🌹
Freeing Your Voice with Michael Harper 
🌹 🎶 "Be yourself child" - singer, vocal consultant and singing teacher Michael Harper reflects on how we can free our voices and take a stand for freedom in the face of oppression.

One of six vocal coaches on the recent Sky Arts series Anyone Can Sing, Michael describes the process of teaching singing as 
freeing the person, freeing the mind, the breath from all of the things that stopped people from being their true selves.

Committed to exploding the canon and teaching the complete history of Music, Michael has recently established the Williams-Howard Prize, a new annual competition at the Royal Northern College of Music, to celebrate and encourage the study and performance of art songs of composers of African heritage.  

In this empowering podcast, he encourages us to be vigilant and carry on the work of challenging and opening up ways forward beyond oppression.

Over to you - we'd love to hear what you took from this episode - do leave us a comment on YouTube or a review on Apple Podcasts - thankyou!

Soothing Sunday Sing
*breathe *sing *stretch
Restorative Singing 

Enjoy the wellbeing benefits of singing in a relaxing environment
Soothing songs & exercises to
* deepen your breathing,
* open and gently stretch your body.
* refresh & rejuvenate your mind 
* release your spirit on the wings of harmony
This will be a cosy experience with cushions and blankies.
Please note entry to the studio is via two short flights of stairs.

I really enjoyed it and slept so well on Sunday night! I think all the breathing exercises were very helpful. - Zuleika

Sunday 12th June 2-4pm, £20
Crystal Palace Osteopaths Studio
Info & Bookings: email me! 

🌹 🎶Singing Calendar  🎶🌹
Ready to sing and shine? - Drop me a line!

🌹 🎶Welcome Choir 🎶🌹
Thursdays 7.00-8.30pm at St John the Evangelist, SE19 2RX
Fun lively choir who laugh as much as they sing - more info

🌹 🎶Breathe Harmony NHS Choir 🎶🌹
Honoured to be collaborating with Mike King & Breathe Arts 
Photos above from a service for International Nurses Day

🌹 🎶 Carers Support Centre Choir 🎶🌹
Twice monthly Weds 10.30-11.45am, Carers Support Centre,
24 George Street, Croydon, CR01PG  - 
More info


🌹 🎶 Caterham Community Choir 🎶🌹
Tuesdays 7-9pm, de Stafford School, Burntwood Lane, CR3 5YX
Facebook Page

🌹 🎶 HeartSong 🎶🌹
Holwell Village Hall, Pirton Lane, SG5 3SS
Bi-monthly Singing Fridays 2-4pm: 
June 24th, July 22nd, Sept 30th, Nov 25th


🌹 🎶 Heart & Lung Songs 🎶🌹
Bi-monthly sessions for cardiac & respiratory patients

🌹 🎶 St Christopher's Hospice Choir 🎶🌹
Wednesdays 6.30-8.00pm at St Christopher's Hospice, CARE - Info here
🌹 🎶 Sounding Out

A Safe Space to SOUND OUT, SOUND OFF and RESOUND
with greater confidence in life. 

  • Do you have a song you want to sing?
  • Do you have an idea you want to sound out? 
  • Is there an issue you need to sound off about? 
  • Do you want to resound with great clarity in life
A Sounding Out Coaching session can support you to claim the joy, power and magic of your voice & creative expression - find out more

 

Keep the Faith 🌹 🎶 

 

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🌹 🎶 Keep the Faith 🎶🌹
Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns. - Anne Lamott
If, like this owl, you sometimes feel like a lone voice - keep the faith!  
It takes courage and faith to sing out and speak up - whether that's joining a choir, singing a solo, writing an important text, email or letter, having a tricky conversation or chanting at a protest. 
Faith does not mean having it all stitched up or being able to know-it-all in the face of the many unknowns of life.  It means simply to put our best foot forward - to take the risk of singing our song, even when it feels like a shot in the dark.  When the world seems full of war and strife, we can keep singing ourselves back into faith, taking the next breath and the next step through the dark towards a brighter day. 

🌹 🎶 Taking Care of You & Your Voice 🎶🌹
Like so many people, I recently had my turn with Covid and was deeply touched by the amazing kindness of people.  Whilst there is much cause for despair, there is just as much, if not more, love and kindness, from which we can draw hope, faith and strength. 
 I've created a free PDF of home remedies to support vocal recovery:
Taking Care of You and Your Voice during Covid  
I'm also offering a restorative Soothing Sunday Sing on 8th May in the lovely studio at Crystal Palace Osteopaths. If you're recovering from Covid (or life in general!) or looking to draw strength and solace from singing, gentle stretching and breathing in a relaxing setting with cushions and blankies!

🌹 🎶 Imagining and Voicing New Worlds 🎶🌹 
Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather, it is a spirit that bears things - with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope. -
Corazon Aquino, first female President of the Philippines

  I was blessed to hear activist Angela Davis talking at WOW Festival about the importance of imagining new worlds to inspire us to build something different.
As Robin Williams said, Spring is Nature's way of saying 'Let's Party! - and the beauty of Spring emerging has, throughout time and tradition inspired people to welcome the hope of new life together at Spring Festivals such as Ostara, Easter, Nowruz, Holi.  After two very tough years, it has felt so hopeful to gather together in choirs at end of term Spring singing parties and concerts.  Music can unite us in giving voice to the world we would like to see and, in the words of John Lennon, to Imagine all the people, livin' life in peace.

Continuing reflections on voice and imagination,
I'm delighted to share my latest podcast episode.
🌹New Podcast - Finding Your Writer's Voice with Anna Sayburn Lane 🌹
Watch on YouTube or Listen on Apple Podcasts

🌹 🎶 Keeping building on it and have faith - novelist, short story writer and journalist Anna Sayburn Lane reflects on the journey of finding a voice as a writer and shares tips to help build a writing practice.

🌹 🎶 INSPIRATION IS ALL AROUND 🎶🌹
It’s not scary – you already write - Anna Sayburn Lane
Anna began her writing career as a reporter for a South London newspaper, then moved into medical journalism, before she began writing short stories and penned her three crime thriller novels starring her literary sleuth Helen Oddfellow.  The first, Unlawful Things (2018), is based around the death of Christopher Marlowe, the second The Peacock Room (2020), takes inspiration from the London poet and artist William Blake, while the third, The Crimson Thread (2021), returns to Christopher Marlowe and is set in Canterbury, the city of his birth.
  I've found Anna's novels to be complete page-turners, as she deftly weaves threads of literary history into fast-paced modern-day fiction.
Anna is now teaching creative writing workshops and reminds would-be writers that our day to day writing - texts, shopping lists, social media posts - can be a jumping-off point for creativity.  She shares how the stories and experiences she encountered as a journalist are woven into her books, encouraging us to find inspiration in everyday life.

🌹 🎶 BUILDING A WRITING PRACTICE🎶🌹
Find a place that works in your day for you to write - Anna Sayburn Lane
Like any other skill, Anna says, writing requires practice.  Putting regular time aside to write freely about anything that is on your mind - can help build a writing practice. Anna also recommends attending creative writing courses to find your writer's voice, develop skills and receive helpful feedback. 

🌹🎶 THE GLORIOUS UPLIFT OF CHORAL SINGING 🎶🌹
Everyone’s adding something and you’re making something that’s more than the sum of your parts. -  Anna Sayburn Lane
I met Anna when she joined my Welcome Choir in Crystal Palace, an experience she has woven into the depiction of a chorister in her third novel, The Crimson Thread. (Freebie Alert:  join her mailing list to receive a free copy!)  Anna describes the process of joining a choir as helping her overcome negative experiences of singing in early life, enabling her to learn about her voice and enjoy the uplifting communal act of making music together.  This testifies powerfully to the magic that happens when we take the brave step of finding our voice - whether on the page or in a choir. 

🌹🎶 CONNECTING WORLDS 🌹🎶
The joys and delights of daring to publish and put it out into the world
- Anna Sayburn Lane

Anna shares how publishing her books has brought her into connection with the stories of others - one reader found reading Unlawful Things was a much-needed form of escapism during her mother's terminal illness.  Escaping into the world of a novel can refresh and enliven our imagination, giving us energy and inspiration to weave new stories and create new worlds. 

Wishing you hope, faith and joy this April

Be well, be safe, breathe deep, sing loudly 


🌹 🎶   BIG THANKYOU! 🎶🌹
For staying tuned and singing your song!
Much good singing vibes!

katie@therosewindow.org
www.therosewindow.org
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Soothing Sunday Sing
*breathe *sing *stretch
Restorative Singing with Katie Rose

Enjoy the wellbeing benefits of singing in a relaxing environment
Soothing songs & exercises to
* deepen your breathing,
* open and gently stretch your body.
* refresh & rejuvenate your mind 
* release your spirit on the wings of harmony

This will be a cosy experience with cushions and blankies.
Please note entry to the studio is via two short flights of stairs.

Sunday 8th May 2-4pm, £20
Crystal Palace Osteopaths Studio
Info & Bookings: email me! 

🌹 🎶Singing Calendar  🎶🌹
Ready to sing and shine? - Drop me a line!

🌹 🎶Welcome Choir 🎶🌹
Thursdays 7.00-8.30pm at St John the Evangelist, SE19 2RX
Thanks to everyone who joined our Spring Singing Party!
All welcome to join our new term of singing from 28th April

🌹 🎶Breathe Harmony NHS Choir 🎶🌹
Honoured to be collaborating with Mike King & Breathe Arts 

🌹 🎶 Carers Support Centre Choir 🎶🌹
Twice monthly Weds 10.30-11.45am, Carers Support Centre,
24 George Street, Croydon, CR01PG 


🌹 🎶 Caterham Community Choir 🎶🌹
Tuesdays 7-9pm, de Stafford School, Burntwood Lane, CR3 5YX
New term of singing begins
 19th April

🌹 🎶 HeartSong 🎶🌹
Holwell Village Hall, Pirton Lane, SG5 3SS
Bi-monthly Singing Fridays 2-4pm: 
May 27th, July 22nd, Sept 30th, Nov 25th


🌹 🎶 Heart & Lung Songs 🎶🌹
Hybrid Sessions @ Tooting Works 

🌹 🎶 St Christopher's Hospice Choir 🎶🌹
New term starts 27th April
https://www.stchristophers.org.uk/timetable/event/st-christophers-choir/
🌹 🎶 Sounding Out

A Safe Space to SOUND OUT, SOUND OFF and RESOUND
with greater confidence in life. 

  • Do you have a song you want to sing?
  • Do you have an idea you want to sound out? 
  • Is there an issue you need to sound off about? 
  • Do you want to resound with great clarity in life
A Sounding Out Coaching session can support you to claim the joy, power and magic of your voice & creative expression - find out more
🌹 🎶 Taking Care of You and Your Voice During Covid

Similar to other colds and flu, Covid may temporarily impact the voice, so here are home remedies to support your recovery.

Disclaimer - this is not a substitute for medical advice – please contact your GP or call 111 if you are concerned or experiencing severe Covid symptoms

Click here to download free
 

Venus - in celebration of International Women's Day 2022-
yeah baby we've got it!

Make Music Not War 🌹🎶 

 


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🌹 🎶 Make Music Not War🎶🌹
Music is the language of the spiritIt opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife - Khalil Gibran
Since I last wrote the world has turned upside down, the tragic madness of war unfolds in front of our eyes and it can seem that we are powerless to stop it.
However, across the world, people are raising their voices for peace in brave, courageous and creative ways.
No one wins in war, only peace can win.
To this end we pledge our hearts and voices, singing, chanting, calling, praying, meditating, longing for peace - not only in Ukraine but in all areas of conflict - whether thousands of miles away, down the street or within ourselves.

🌹 🎶 Make Peace Not War 🎶🌹 
Declare it. Just the same way we declare war. That is how we will have peace… we just need to declare it. - John Lennon

🌹  Peace with self - challenging times require us to step-up our self-care and anchor into daily practices that support our inner peace - be that exercise, meditation, good food, time in nature, phone a friend...

🌹  Peace in action Thich Naht Hanh, Vietnamese monk and activist who passed earlier this year said 
When bombs begin to fall on people, you cannot stay in the meditation hall all the time. Meditation is about the awareness of what is going on — not only in your body and in your feelings, but all around you.
We can channel our feelings of anxiety, anger, despair into action -
here are 25 meaningful ways you can help Ukraine 
Our daily actions, such as singing, help send good vibes out into the world! 

🌹 Peace with people of all genders, orientations, abilities, cultures and creeds - Music can be a powerful tool to help us form friendships and connections with those we have been conditioned to view as 'other.'  Opening our social circles, hearts and minds, enables us to grow (and sing!) together.

🌹  Peace for the planet - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania became independent as the result of a non-violent movement known as the Singing Revolution.  The conflict in Ukraine has stirred a global chorus for peace which has the revolutionary power, passion and purpose to provoke us all to reflect deeply on
what we can each do to create a more peaceful world.

As we contemplate the revolutionary power of our voices, I'm delighted to share my latest podcast with Randolph Matthews:
🌹New Podcast - The Embodied Voice with Randolph Matthews 🌹
Watch on YouTube or Listen on Apple Podcasts

🌹 🎶 The voice is the healing tool - composer, performance artist and voice facilitator Randolph Matthews shares a wealth of wisdom about how we can claim the joy, beauty and power of embodied vocal expression.

🌹 🎶 MULTI-FACETED EXPRESSION 🎶🌹
The voice holds many different facets of who we are and what we are going through personally - Randolph Matthews
Randolph's multi-faceted musical career spans two decades and travels through jazz, blues and contemporary dance. He trained at Goldsmiths and in Voice Movement Therapy in Boston, US and has performed and led workshops nationally and internationally, opening for Herbie Hancock, Grace Jones, performing for the Queen and collaborating with artists including international choreographer Alesandra Seutin.
Reflecting on powerful examples from his own life and work, Randolph shares how the voice can both be distorted and be a healing tool for our life experiences.  He shares the hopeful message that it is always possible to expand our voice and presence in the world.

🌹 🎶 JUST SING🎶🌹
There’s always a song in our hearts that we really love singing
Randolph Matthews

Randolph shares many insights about how we can show up for our voices, for the love of singing and the songs we love. He encourages us to dance with obstacles, embracing them as friction from which to generate movement and to break them down into manageable steps.  By just musing and exploring our voices a little bit every day, we become more of what we aspire to be - someone who enjoys the beauty of singing and vocalising.

🌹🎶 THE ARTIST'S VOICE 🎶🌹
The artist has always been at the centre of expressing what the community is feeling. - Randolph Matthews
 Talking about the urgent need for authentic vocal expression - ie saying it how it is - Randolph shares pivotal moments when artists such as Marvin Gaye, spoke their truth and in doing so inspired people across the world.

🌹🎶  FINDING GREATNESS 🎶🌹
Pain is a temporary experience, but greatness is forever - Randolph Matthews
Describing the human connectivity that happens when people express raw feelings - as we have seen this week in the global protests against war - Randolph testifies to the power of voice to catalyse pain and inspire us to greatness.  The vocal revolution starts within and ripples out!
 
I found our conversation really powerful and inspiring and would love to hear what you took from it - do drop us a line/ comment/ review.

🌹🎶 SPECIAL SUMMER EVENT🌹🎶
Randolph and I will be inviting you to join us at a special summer event where you can explore your voice and take part in a magical performance.
Watch this space! 

However Mad it gets this March, I wish you the peace that sings in the eye of the storm.

Be well, be safe, breathe deep, sing loudly 

🌹 🎶   BIG THANKYOU! 🎶🌹
For staying tuned and singing your song!
Much good singing vibes!

katie@therosewindow.org
www.therosewindow.org
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Website
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🌹 🎶Singing Calendar  🎶🌹
Ready to sing and shine? - Drop me a line!

🌹 🎶Welcome Choir 🎶🌹
Thursdays 7-8.30pm at St John the Evangelist, SE19 2RX
Sunday April 3rd, 1pm - West Norwood Feast
Thursday April 7th, 8pm - Spring Singing Party 

🌹 🎶Breathe Harmonix NHS Choir 🎶🌹
Honoured to be collaborating with Mike King & Breathe Arts 
April 8th - Concert St Catherine's Church, SE14 5SG, Telegraph Hill Festival

🌹 🎶 Carers Support Centre Choir 🎶🌹
Weds 10.30-11.45am, Carers Support Centre,
24 George Street, Croydon, CR01PG 


🌹 🎶 Caterham Community Choir 🎶🌹
Tuesdays 7-9pm, de Stafford School, Burntwood Lane, CR3 5YX

🌹 🎶 HeartSong 🎶🌹
Holwell Village Hall, Pirton Lane, SG5 3SS
Bi-monthly New Year Singing from Jan 28th

🌹 🎶 Heart & Lung Songs 🎶🌹
Hybrid Sessions @ Tooting Works from Jan 6th
At the moment we are not able to take new members

🌹 🎶 St Christopher's Hospice Choir 🎶🌹
Newly relaunched for 2022!
https://www.stchristophers.org.uk/timetable/event/st-christophers-choir/
🌹 🎶 TurningPoint:
Your Lifestyle, Your-WellBeing
 


Spring Edition: UNSUNG, edited by amazing Esther Austin
and including my article "Singing the Praises of Unsung Heroes" 

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🌹 🎶 Sounding Out

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with greater confidence in life. 

  • Do you have a song you want to sing?
  • Do you have an idea you want to sound out? 
  • Is there an issue you need to sound off about? 
  • Do you want to resound with great clarity in life
A Sounding Out Coaching session can support you to claim the joy, power and magic of your voice & creative expression - find out more

🌹 🎶 Loving the World this Valentine's Day🎶🌹 

 

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🌹 🎶 Loving the World this Valentine's Day🎶🌹
The first blooms of spring always make my heart sing -  S.Brown
Here in London, the first flowers are opening their sweet faces to the sun, lifting hearts as days lengthen and lighten.  This month's newsletter is full of rosy Valentine's reflections and a warm invitation to blossom at lots of lovely events including my Spring Sing Workshop 

🌹 🎶 Resources for Celebrating Love this Valentine's 🎶🌹 
When we sidestep the tacky commercialism, Valentine's Day can be a moment to reflect on how we wish to express, experience and share love in the world.

🌹  Self Love - is an inside job.  Committing to thinking, speaking and acting lovingly towards self may feel icky at first, but with practice becomes a healthy habit.  From a positive foundation of self-love, we can nurture and grow ourselves through good food, exercise and creative activities.  
 Here's a fun free Date Night Yoga session from Yoga with Adriene

🌹 People Love - giving from a full cup, it becomes natural to extend loving thoughts, words and actions to those in our intimate relationships, families, and wider community. Who can you love bomb, thank or celebrate?
Here's some beautiful reflections on successful relationships and ways to love our community from Positive News 

🌹  Planet Love - inspires gratitude and care for our home on earth. Consider buying Fair Trade choccies, swapping potted for cut roses, scattering wild flower seeds for the bees, hand-delivering a hand-made card or making a loving donation to your favourite world changing charity.

To cover all bases, take 3 deep tummy breaths and sound a big AAAAHHHHH from your heart for yourself, your people and our planet.

As we contemplate our relationships, I'm delighted to share my latest podcast exploring how we support healthy intimacy in art and life.
🌹New Podcast - Intimacy on Set with Ita O'Brien 🌹
Available on video or Apple Podcasts

🌹 🎶 Holding a safe space - on the latest episode of #VocalRevolution, pioneering Intimacy Coordinator, Ita O'Brien shares how we support safe, healthy expression around intimate content on TV, film and theatre and how this relates to issues around sexual expression in wider society.
www.itaobrien.com www.intimacyonset.com

Content/ Trigger Warning: this episode discusses sexuality, intimacy, abuse and issues around consent. If you feel you need support around your experience of these issues, there are people willing to help and listen.
Please click here for a list of resources

🌹🎶  WHAT IS INTIMACY ON SET?🎶🌹
Creating intimate content in a really open, professional, autonomous and empowered way for everybody - Ita O'Brien
Ita O'Brien is the UK’s leading Intimacy Coordinator and Founder of Intimacy on Set, her company set up in 2018, which provides services to TV, film, and theatre when dealing with intimacy, sexual content, and nudity. Ita pioneered the role of the Intimacy Coordinator and since 2014 has been developing best practice Intimacy on Set Guidelines, which have been widely adopted in the industry. 
In our conversation, Ita shares how the Guidelines provide a safe, professional structure for the whole production from the get-go.  Similarly to dances, fights or stunts, intimate content can be safely created and choreographed with continuous consent and dialogue, with an Intimacy Coordinator and all professionals involved in the production.

🌹🎶 SERVING STORYTELLING 🎶🌹
Every single moment is part of the storytelling - Ita O'Brien
Both in life and in art, Intimacy comes with high vulnerability.  Sculpting anatomically correct choreography which serves the emotional arc of the story ensures that actor can stay within character and is never exposed personally.  Similarly to other high-risk activities, such as bunjy jumping, safety measures enable actors to take a huge life-affirming creative leap.

🌹 🎶 GLOBAL IMPACT 🎶🌹
Within structures, there's freedom to fly - Ita O'Brien
The Guidelines and role of the Intimacy Co-ordinator have been globally adopted and championed by movements such as Time's Up.  Ita has worked on numerous high profile productions with far-reaching impact. The intimate scenes in Normal People received widespread acclaim, and are now being shared as part of sex education in secondary schools as a model of first-time intimacy with continuous consent.  
Writer, Actor and Director of I May Destroy You, Michaela Coel dedicated her BAFTA Award last year to Ita, thanking her for:
“making the space safe, for creating physical, emotional and professional boundaries, so we can make work about exploitation, loss of respect, about abuse of power, without being exploited or abused in the process."

🌹🎶  SELF-CARE 🎶🌹
It has been a tremendous honour to bear witness to Ita's journey in our coaching sessions and a true joy to celebrate the revolutionary impact of her work on our podcast.  Our work began because she wanted to safeguard both her actors and herself when working with sensitive issues on a devised theatre piece. Her instinctive understanding of the importance of self-care and care for others has blossomed into a global mission.  The inner work of honest self-reflection yields vast rewards as that which we transform within ourselves transforms our experience and contribution to our world.

So whatever form self love you take this Valentine's and everyday, know that you are contributing to the growth of love globally! 

Sending big singing bouquets of roses for a beautiful self-loving, people-loving, planet-loving Valentine's Day

Be well, be safe, breathe deep, sing loudly 

🌹 🎶   BIG THANKYOU! 🎶🌹
For staying tuned and singing your song!
Much good singing vibes!

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🌹 🎶 Sounding Out

A Safe Space to SOUND OUT, SOUND OFF and RESOUND
with greater confidence in life. 

  • Do you have a song you want to sing?
  • Do you have an idea you want to sound out? 
  • Is there an issue you need to sound off about? 
  • Do you want to resound with great clarity in life
A Sounding Out Coaching session can support you to claim the joy, power and magic of your voice & creative expression - find out more
🌹 🎶Singing Calendar  🎶🌹
Ready to sing and shine? - Drop me a line!

🌹 🎶Welcome Choir 🎶🌹
Thursdays 7-8.30pm at St John the Evangelist, SE19 2RX
Sunday April 3rd, 1pm - we'll be singing at West Norwood Feast
Thursday April 7th, 8pm - Spring Singing Party 

🌹 🎶Breathe Harmonix NHS Choir 🎶🌹
Honoured to be collaborating with Mike King & Breathe Arts 
April 8th - Concert St Catherine's Church, SE14 5SG, Telegraph Hill Festival

🌹 🎶 Carers Support Centre Choir 🎶🌹
Weds 10.30-11.45am, Carers Support Centre,
24 George Street, Croydon, CR01PG 

Wonderful news that the Carers Centre is now fully reopened!

🌹 🎶 Caterham Community Choir 🎶🌹
Tuesdays 7-9pm, de Stafford School, Burntwood Lane, CR3 5YX

🌹 🎶 HeartSong 🎶🌹
Holwell Village Hall, Pirton Lane, SG5 3SS
Bi-monthly New Year Singing from Jan 28th

🌹 🎶 Heart & Lung Songs 🎶🌹
Hybrid Sessions @ Tooting Works from Jan 6th
At the moment we are not able to take new members

🌹 🎶 St Christopher's Hospice Choir 🎶🌹
Newly relaunched for 2022!
https://www.stchristophers.org.uk/timetable/event/st-christophers-choir/
🌹 🎶 TurningPoint: Your Lifestyle, Your-WellBeing 🎶 🌹
Inviting you to join us at a Virtual Gala to celebrate the
Spring Edition of - UNSUNG, edited by amazing Esther Austin
and including my article "Singing the Praises of Unsung Heroes" - read online
After a Covid pause, the Corvids are taking flight...

Warmly inviting you to an evening of readings from
Corvids and Others
a fundraising poetry collection for The Bookseller Crow

Weds 16th Feb 7.30-9.30pm, online, free 
Book here

Copies can be scavenged instore or pecked online

So honoured to be reading my poem Crow Patrol amongst a murder of amazing poets - CAW! 
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