Community Choir Leadership Training

When: 17th November 201719th November 2017

Nov 17th – 19th

Community Choir Leadership Training with highly experienced leaders Bill Henderson and Kate O’Connell
Gives you the tools and skills to develop yourself as a community choir leader.

A course  led by 2 of Scotland’s most experienced community choir leaders; designed to give you the tools and skills needed to develop yourself as a community choir leader or to bring more singing into your work with groups.

Bill and Kate have worked together for 25 years and have different but complimentary styles and skills catering equally for men’s and women’s voices. They will offer participants a rich picture of the mechanics of running a group. Their long-standing connection with The Findhorn Foundation and Newbold house gives them a particular set of skills in holding a group.
Between them, they have a vast repertoire of inspirational acapella songs from around the world. They are both members of the Natural Voice Practitioners Network, an organization which is a network of teachers who work with voice and song, and who believes that singing is everyone’s birthright, regardless of musical experience or ability.

topics explored will include

Earth Sings 2015 Final Night-9-developing ones natural voice
-principles of natural voice singing
-how to teach a song
-structuring a singing session
-group management
-musical technique and rhythm
-singing for health, well-being and social transformation
-improvisation and creating your own song


“Kate and Bill worked beautifully together” Anne, Netherlands.
“Empowering, enlightening, inspiring” Francisco, Portugal.
“A very nurturing and joyful experience” Irene, Glasgow
“This course was a perfect balance of skills development, practical experience and fun” Emma, Yorkshire

Bill Kate on eiggBill has led community music groups for over 25 years. His passion is to help people believe that they can achieve more than they thought possible. He currently leads the Forres Big Choir, Sea Shanty workshops and co-leads Sounds Deep men’s choir and Bukhari Georgian choir. He runs a singing holiday week on the Isle of Eigg (with Kate from 2006 to 2014) as well as song workshops throughout Scotland. An accomplished instrumentalist, he also leads ‘scratch” orchestra events which have taken him to South America on several occasions.

Kate has been based in the Moray Firth area of Scotland for over 30 years, working as a community artist. She co-led, with Bill, the highly successful Forres Big Choir for 11 years and created performance acapella group Too Many Kooks.She currently runs a regular Singing For Peace group, set up in response to the Paris bombings, a community choirs in the Black Isle and Singing for Health with Parkinson’s sufferers in Inverness. She pays particular attention to the healing nature of voice work and singing. She is an inspiring leader with an easy relaxed style. She specializes in vocal improvisation and songs with uplifting messages for the times we live in.

This course is now just running for the November weekend at £250 for the weekend.

To book

It includes:

Friday 17th nov – Supper
Saturday 18th nov – Lunch and Supper
Sunday 19th nov  – Lunch
Daytime teas/coffees are included in the price
The course is nonresidential . B & B is available at Newbold at an extra cost.

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