Stokes Singers invited the brilliant Wendy Sergeant to lead a singing workshop on 31st January 2015.
Wendy runs several choirs in the South West and also organises day / weekend singing workshops both locally and across the country, teaching songs aurally using a light touch and plenty of support and humour so that people find themselves singing unaccompanied four part harmony without really trying. Wendy says, “I love teaching this kind of singing because it opens a world of music and group singing to people who've never done it before and many of them are thrilled by the experience. It is also good for singers who are used to using sheet music because it helps improve aural skills”
The event was well supported by members of the choir as well as non-members who welcomed the chance to join in and experience the thrill of singing in four part harmony. The songs we learnt were chosen to fit in with the Summer Concert theme of ‘songs from around the world’ and included African songs – ‘Thina Simunye’ and ‘In donga de Jerico sa diliga’ and a Croation love song – ‘Plovi Barko’. It is hoped that all three songs will be featured in the Stokes Singers Summer Concert on 27th June 2015.
The workshop was a great success and proved to be a delightful way to spend a cold and gloomy Saturday afternoon and as an added bonus two new choir members were recruited. For a glimpse of the atmosphere take a look at the Stokes Singers Facebook page or for more information about Wendy Sergeant please see her website
Stokes Singers are hoping to hold similar events during the year as well as their regular concerts and charity events.