Untamed voices – harmony singing workshop

Flex your vocal muscles, or rediscover and free your voice with a fun harmony workshop. Returning to Festival 8 this year, fresh from Hull UK City of Culture, Clare Drury brings us a vocal harmony workshop bespoke for Festival 8.

The aim of this 1.5 hour workshop, is to have fun while exploring natural voices and singing in harmony. The workshop will be run by inspirational leader Clare Drury whose heart centered approach to voice will lead you on a journey of vocal discovery, celebrating breath and linking in with the Festival 8 theme celebrating the element of Air.

Clare will teach material from a variety of cultures, some familiar and some entirely new, all chosen for their beauty and some for sheer fun. Starting with breath work, Clare will coax the voices of participants to enjoy luscious harmonies, and share uplifting songs. From singing simple rounds the workshop will build a collective sound through an exploration of harmonies and layered riffs, to more complicated material. By the end all participants will have the opportunity to sing in wonderful 4 part harmony.

Clare’s work is inclusive and she provides a welcoming and non-judgmental environment which supports and encourages the exploration of voice through song. Spontaneous humour and relaxed fun are integral to Clare’s workshop approach.  This experience will be enjoyable for regular singers and newcomers alike. All material will be taught by ear.

Some comments from people attending Clare’s previous workshops:

extremely enjoyable and fun” “a good mix of songs” “absolutely fabulous” “very relaxed enjoyable friendly atmosphere” “it was fun with no pressure” it was lovely to feel part of something and there was a huge sense of achievement hearing our harmonies after such a short time” “Loved it – what a brilliant time” “Singing with Clare was very special” “A great way to spend a Saturday morning – I’m hooked.

Warning: Singing in harmony can stimulate a natural high – it can be addictive – may leave you wanting more – and could have a positive impact on your health and well-being.

Clare Drury is a Natural Voice singing leader, with 20 years experience in leading community choirs and singing workshops. An active member of the Natural Voice Network, Clare believes that singing is everyone’s birthright, and she is a tireless advocate for getting people involved in group singing. As well as leading choirs in Hull, Clare is the founder and Director of Hull Freedom Chorus (massed choir of over 600 members), and has spearheaded a choral development initiative for Hull City Council.  The focus of Clare’s singing and vocal coaching work is on supporting people to find their natural voice, with a focus on the joy of group singing, impact of voice on health, well being & personal growth.  Clare also has an interest in healing voice has a deep interest in sacred sound and energy work. 
The workshop will be followed by a short sharing performance by members of Clare’s Saturday Sing choir from Hull, joined by any workshop participants who fell they would like to opt to participate in a public sharing of material from the workshop.
he work shop will be in the Party Barn on Saturday at 10:45 am.