In Choir Formation!

Winter’s events brings new repertoire! In preparation for Charity Lunchtime Concert and God’s House Tower.  During the past few weeks I co-worked with Fiona on ‘blending’. This is the KEY technique in any ensemble work. Practising different voice qualities can really change the whole intention of a song. Singing can be ‘spoken’, ‘cried’, ‘shouted’ and so on! These elements bring colour and diversity into a performance.  Looking forward to the WINTER PERFORMANCES!!   

Music in the City 2017

Music in the City in Guildhall Square, Southampton, 7th October.  As an intern, I was able to watch the choir from their early rehearsals and acknowledge their progression and ability to blend and sustain great dynamics as well as working brilliantly as an ensemble. The choir created an upbeat ambience, inducing the audience with energy and emotion, which all members claimed to have felt and enjoyed through singing and performance. Amazing choir conductor Fiona Funnel is leading with full energy and dedication at the festival. Continue reading →

Performance Preparation with Delicious Sounds Choir

This week was another vocal preparation for the performances on Saturday the 7th of October at the Southampton Central Library and Guildhall Square. It is remarkable how each member dedicated their full energy and modelled their vocal abilities to fit each genre of music. My input as an intern was to help the choir achieve a clean ‘ooh’ vowel sound by offering some tips and tricks on healthy articulation and tongue positioning. My next mission is to bring more material relating to vowel shaping and vocal Continue reading →

Internship with Delicious Sounds Choir

Second week with Delicious Sounds Choir and as Fiona’s intern. The choir is diligently working for their performance at the Southampton Central Library and Guildhall Square on the 7th of October. Looking forward to hear their voices harmoniously blending together, which shows off the hard work and enthusiasm each member brings to the choir. 

Vintage Tea Party and Concert Prep

Rehearsals are going well for our vintage tea party and concert on Sunday 23rd July at Peartree Church Hall,  raising funds for WaterAid. We’ll be dressing up in posh frocks (not obligatory!) and hats. Other entertainment will be provided by Southampton Brass Ensemble. I’m really enjoying having the time to work on blending the choir voices as well as having some fun with a couple of old tunes’ I Got Rhythm and Tuxedo Junction.

Workshop with Brendan Taaffe

Wednesday 15th March, 2017 – 7.30 to 9.30pm Join acclaimed American song leader and composer Brendan Taaffe in Winchester for a lovely evening of singing.  Brendan teaches a variety of music: American bluegrass, gospel, Appalachian ballads, shape note, songs learned during trips in Africa, and his own wonderful compositions and arrangements.  Brendan will give you the chance to sing songs with compelling rhythms and evocative harmonies that come from community-based traditions that draw people together around the world. He has led vocal workshops in many Continue reading →

Delicious Sounds to sing at Music Fayre

Delicious Sounds will be singing some of the songs from their current repertoire at The Music Fayre at Central Hall on St Mary’s St (SO14 1NF) on Saturday 28th January at about 12.30 followed by a free workshop led by Fiona. Come along at any time between 11.30 – 3.30 to hear other performances and spend your pennies at the stalls. The Music Fayre is organised by Southampton Music Hub.

First rehearsal of Spring term

Fantastic start at choir to 2017! Really uplifting and happy. I hope the 4 new members enjoyed it and will feel they can make a real contribution to choir and that they will get a lot out of it. During the physical and vocal warm up session as the hall was cold we greeted friends, old and new with a chant in a circle which spiralled around the hall. After that we learnt a Syrian greeting song and an old traditional Swedish song plus a Continue reading →

Wow……an encore!

Singing in God’s House Tower was an amazing experience. The acoustics were fantastic and the atmosphere in the room, which was packed, was electric. The fairy lights and torches added to an excellent ambience. We got lots of cheers and applause and at the end were asked to sing Gaudete again. Next time we need to prepare an encore….just in case!  Some people felt it was our best concert ever. We just hope we will be able to sing in there again sometime in the Continue reading →