Fes­ti­val sim­ply for the ‘love of sing­ing’

Cho­ral groups in­vited to Scan­di­na­vian-style event

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

AMU­SI­CIAN is calling on choirs to sign up for a fes­ti­val based on sing­ing to­gether for en­joy­ment rather than com­pet­ing.

Jane Smith, who teaches mu­sic and runs Seer Green Singers and Vil­lage Voices, is plan­ning to hold the event next year.

Jane hopes the fes­ti­val will al­low choirs to learn from each other, as well as cel­e­brate the tal­ent in the county and be­yond.

The Seer Green choirs have taken part in events in Lon­don based on the Scan­di­na­vian Sanger­stevne – the tra­di­tion of all sing­ing to­gether.

She said: “I would like choirs from Bucks to sign up. We have a lot of tal­ented peo­ple but we don’t have any­thing like this.

“One of the or­gan­is­ers [in Lon­don] said to me it’s a shame ev­ery area doesn’t have one, and I thought, well I could do that.”

The fes­ti­val will be held in Bea­cons­field on March 21, 2015.

“It’s im­por­tant that it’s not a com­pe­ti­tion; that way we learn more from each other,” Jane added. “Our choirs have taken part in fes­ti­vals and it’s been very good for them. You can see how choirs work dif­fer­ently, what you can im­prove – it’s about ex­pe­ri­ence and en­joy­ment.”

Each par­tic­i­pat­ing choir will have a 15-minute slot, with the other choirs form­ing the au­di­ence.

There will be at least one ‘con­cert’ – more if enough choirs take part. Af­ter ev­ery choir has per­formed, they will be in­vited to sing a sim­ple song to­gether that they will have been given in ad­vance to pre­pare.

The event will also be open to the pub­lic, so that friends and fam­ily can come to en­joy the sing­ing. There will be a charge of £3 per singer.

Visit www.Bea­cons­field­fes­ti­val­of­choirs.com, email jane­smith­mu­sic@aol.co.uk or call 07759 841 205 to find out more.

JOY­FUL COM­PANY: Jane Smith with Seer Green Singers, her men’s choir; (right) mem­bers of Vil­lage Voices


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