Festival simply for the ‘love of singing’
Choral groups invited to Scandinavian-style event
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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