“Viva La Voce” programme, where participants learn to sing together using improvised vocal techniques, launched in Wisbech two weeks ago and is proving to be popular. Linda Ekins, vocal coach, leads the weekly sessions which are held on Friday evenings from 7pm till 9pm at Queen Mary Centre.
Local people who thought they couldn’t sing are discovering their voices and having fun with vocal exercises designed to build confidence and develop their vocal skills. They experience singing a variety of music styles and explore ways of expressing themselves through the music with others. The participants are fast becoming good friends and get the chance to fully develop as performers at a comfortable pace.
Linda Ekins, Viva La Voce leader, says,
It is so important for adults to have fun expressing themselves through singing and have great opportunities to develop and engage in the Arts. I feel so excited to see how they will grow as singers, performers and vocal artists and how they will use their new skills to give back and strengthen the community.
This is what Viva la Voce participants say:
“This is fantastic!” “I am really enjoying singing with others” “We are singing music I haven’t sung before” “It is a laugh when we make up tunes and try to harmonise in our groups” “We had a sing-off last week, competing with the men!” “I’m sometimes out of my comfort zone, but it’s great and I’m learning a lot!”
There is a lot coming up: Conrad Murray, a professional Beatboxer, will deliver a master class for Viva La Voce members in November as a guest tutor. Viva La Voce members will celebrate their success and what they have learned at a public sharing concert with family and friends on 16th December.
There is still time to enrol and join in. The cost is £5 for a drop-in session, or £3 per session, if you pay for the whole course at once. Please contact Linda Ekins at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07523712633.
This project is supported by Market Place development commission fund. Market Place is part of the Creative People and Places arts engagement programme for Fenland and Forest Heath, initiated and funded by Arts Council England. Find out more at www.cppmarketplace.co.uk.