We were joined on 3 November 2015 by Denise Dobson, leader of Crouch End’s local Songworks choir, for an evening of wonderful singing.
Denise employs a ‘Natural Voice’ approach, which means about celebrating the voice you were born with, rather than trying to train it to an ideal of perfection. It’s about building accepting, non-judgmental communities that sing together. It’s about welcoming all voices into a group without audition and working from there to make a group sound. It’s about making learning by ear accessible to the whole group so that nobody needs to be able to read music.
Even our members who were a little nervous about singing in front of others found Denise’s relaxed approach gave them the confidence to join in an just ‘go with the flow’. We made some wonderful sounds, including songs from Nepal, Cameroon and South Africa, plus the Suffragettes’ album The March of the Women.