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Sing Up Skills & Training Gatherings 2007 - 2010


West Cumbria & Eden Valley Vocal Force and Sing Up Skills
Training Residential Weekend, Haybergill 21-22 MARCH 2009

Sessions were led by Scott Stroman, Paul Farrington, Beccy Owen, Jilly Jarman & Sarah Wall. Click here to access videos and mp3s


BOUNDLESS VOICES - TRAINING EVENT 25-27 MARCH, KIRKGATE, CUMBRIA 2009

This was an intensive 3 days covering singing, beatboxing, jazz, leadership and improvisation. Sessions were led by Bex Mather, Dave Camlin, Jason Singh, Jilly Jarman, Katherine Zeserson, Sarah Wall and Sharon Durant. THURS:
Sharon Durant leads a warm-up session: video VIDEO of the KIRKGATE performance:
Boundless Voices choir singing 'Okolo', conducted by Bex Mather
video


BIRMINGHAM REP - SING UP GATHERING THURS & FRI 12 & 13 FEBRUARY 2009

reports from the sessions are available for delegates on the POSUM site

SINGING session: Mouthful
mp3
scores: I Sing (3/4 round) | I Sing (Full Score) | I Sing (short) SINGING SESSION: Sharon Durant
score: Throw Catch


JASMINE STUDIOS, HAMMERSMITH, LONDON - SING UP GATHERING THURS & FRI 26 & 27 JUNE 2008

Cleveland Watkiss led a great session on Thursday: warm-up 1| warm up 2

On Friday Em Whitfield-Brookesled a warm up session with some great original material
Train song:
Jump back Sally:
Harmonies - groups of 6:
Longnote warm-up:
Hold Your Nose: Beccy Owen also led an introductory session, including a:
Clapping game
and a fantastic song called:
Duchamora:(lyrics:
young rider apple-cheeked one/come hither riding/on your steed so proud and prancing/
come hither riding/no matter where i ride/slavic mountains by my side/duchamora)


HAYBERGILL CENTRE, WARCOP - EDEN VALLEY VOCAL FORCE RESIDENTIAL MON 3 - WED 5 MARCH 2008


More than 40 people attended this training and networking event which brought together teachers, assistants, heads, parents and carers, community musicians and singing teachers from all over the North West. The breadth of interests and experience that were gathered under one roof meant we had a rich and challenging exchange of skills and viewpoints.
Click HERE to access notes from all the sessions, music and scores.

Sessions were led by Sue Nicholls, Em Whitfield-Brooks, Jilly Jarman, Sarah Wall, Alison Scott and Les Ord.


VOCAL FORCE TRAINING DAY. BIRMINGHAM CUSTARD FACTORY 13th March 2008

As well as a stimulating and useful session led by Sue Hollingsworth, we had space and time to share songs and approaches, project developments and strategies.
Here are some of the songs recorded from the afternoon session:
Ho taru koi, introduced by Beth. learning the song performance in canon
Harry Potter round to tune of Frere Jacques. We were taught the signs for this, but unfortunately it doesn’t come out on my recorder!. If anyone can send them in as a .doc that would be great.
Sugar Candy - Tony taught us this song which you perform in 2 circles facing each other, with actions. As you leave out bits of the song you keep the actions. I’m afraid I can’t remember the actions.
The Space on my Left....this song involved moving across the circle when the song called you, and then tapping a rhythm which everyone copied. Brilliant!
Dum Da! A 2-note action song introduced by Ruth with challenging actions, though fantastic when you get it. Involves moving the feet from side to side, while clapping on the dum and touching your partners hands on the da, and turning your head - that’s all!
Juba - an African American song with body percussion. Sweet Honey and the Rock have done a very fast version. Gorgeous!
Juba with harmonies

The day finished with more songs for the whole group.
Here is Kechak - written and led by Em Whitfield-Brooks


VOCAL FORCE TRAINING DAY.
THE SAGE GATESHEAD 18th January 2008

Sessions were led by Bex Mather and Paul Griffiths.
Here is Paul Griffiths teaching Takita, a North Indian vocalisation of tabla rhythms. This was very exciting to perform as a round and stretched us as a group to stay light and in time.
Takita - Paul solo | Takita - facilitators | Takita - performance
Em Whitfield-Brooks and Sharon Durant also led warm-up sessions and introduced songs. Here is the group singing Em’s song: ONE VOICE
We also sang Sharon’s arrangement of Aint Gonna Let Nobody.
See new songs and arrangements for score and mp3.


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