Village Voices, Towersey, are proud to present a singing Workshop led by Janet Russell, celebrated choir leader, folk singer and song writer. Come and sing songs in glorious harmony on Saturday 10th March 2018, 10.30am - 4.30pm, in Towersey Memorial Hall, Towersey village, OX9 3QY.
The workshop will be followed in the evening at 7.30pm by a Concert, when Janet's partner, singer/song-writer, Jim Woodland, joins her.
Saturday 10th February Time: 2-5pm Venue: St James’ Church Hall, Beauchamp Lane
Join singers from Rising Voices Community Choir and three guest choirs at this launch workshop for the exciting new community singing project, "Songs of Life and Love". Local artist and choir leader Cat Kelly has been commissioned by the Bodleian Library to create six new arrangements of songs from their collection of Broadside Ballads, for singing with community choirs.
At this workshop you'll have a chance to learn the ballad 'Sing On', which will be the song for the opening ceremony at Folk Weekend 2018, as well as an old music hall style song from the 1800s, and a song called Flora and James - a more modern twist on the traditional 'girl follows her boyfriend to sea' type of ballad.
The choirs (and anyone who wishes to join them) will perform all the songs together in the Bodleian Library on Sunday 22nd April, as part of Folk Weekend: Oxford.
The workshop will take place in the church hall at St James' on Beauchamp Lane, Cowley. We recommend parking in Castle Car Park at the bottom of Beauchamp Lane, entrance from Crowell Road. There will be a few spaces by the church reserved for those with mobility needs. Tea and cakes will be provided. Workshop times: 2-5pm.
Sign up to attend a free Sampler Day at a venue near you
The National Youth Folk Ensemble is for talented young instrumentalists aged 14- 18 who are dedicated to developing as folk musicians and excited about collaborating with others who share their passion!
Ensemble members will participate in four weeks of intensive residential courses in different parts of England and receive high quality tuition and guidance from leading folk musicians. They will develop skills in performance, arrangement and leadership as well as give public performances.
Sampler Days are an inspiring introduction to the Ensemble, including free creative workshops with Artistic Director Sam Sweeney, short individual auditions and a Q&A. To register for a Sampler Day, musicians should be aged between 14 and 18 on 1 September 2017, live in England, be able to play confidently on any instrument and have an interest in folk music. Young musicians who meet the criteria but don’t wish to audition for the Ensemble are welcome to take part in the workshops.
You are cordially invited to join Folk Weekend: Oxford for Winter Carols by torchlight, outside the Westgate Library and shopping centre, 7.30pm on Tuesday 19th December.
You can download lyrics and music from the Folk Weekend website, and you can also listen to recordings of all the different parts. If you'd like some help learning the songs there will be a workshop in the Westgate Library from 6pm, where choir leader Cat Kelly will go through the parts to all the songs.
For the performance, we will sing the carols in the following order:
Hark Hark Dayspring Sans Day carol Shepherds Rejoice Jesus Christ the Apple Tree While Shepherds Watched (Pentonville) The Sussex carol The King The Uttoxeter Souling Song We wish you a Merry Christmas
All ages and abilities welcome! This is part of a week's worth of events celebrating the re-opening of the Westgate Library, so do have a look at what else is going to be on.
Hearty and harmonious community singing with renowned choir leader Cat Kelly
Folk Arts Oxford are pleased to present the second of their new series of seasonal singing workshops. Inspirational singing leader Cat Kelly returns with a selection of cheery and uplifting songs to get you warmed up and ready for Spring.
Time: 09.30am - 12.30pm
Date: Saturday 4th March
Venue: Headington Baptist Church, 78 Old High Street, Headington, Oxford OX3 9HW
You can expect a high-energy workshop of glorious harmony, with all songs taught by ear so no need to read music, and everything broken down in to simple steps.
Cat is known locally for her inspirational singing workshops and choirs, and has well over a decade of experience teaching community choirs, as well as a lifetime of folk to draw from. See www.catkelly.co.ukfor more information.
Includes tea and coffee, and maybe even biscuits if Cat can persuade her mum to get baking...!
Please bring a bottle of water and a pencil; lyric sheets will be provided.