Warblers singing group

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We are a friendly and welcoming group who enjoy a great sense of community together.

Please don’t feel that you need to have any singing experience or ability to come to our sessions.  Do take the exercises and songs at your own pace or if you feel you would just like to sit and observe that is fine too!

Joanne Edworthy leads the group.
Jo is a mezzo soprano who trained at the Royal Northern College of Music before performing with companies such as Glyndebourne and Welsh National Opera. She is a singing teacher at Wycombe Abbey School and an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. In recent years she has started working in the therapeutic sector of music, leading ‘Singing for the Brain’ Sessions for the Alzheimer’s Society and our singing sessions for the Warblers. Jo is also a founder and music director of the ‘Everyone Can Sing Choir’, a community choir promoting singing for all.

A typical session will begin with some stretching and vocal exercises and then we move on to songs where we can put into practice the techniques we have been focusing on. We aim to increase breath control and posture and we do all sorts of exercises to get the facial muscles working. Tongue twisters and patter songs are always a fun way to increase articulation and are great for backing up speech therapy. Our members tell us that it is a great way of strengthening the voice too.

The most important thing is that the sessions are fun. Singing in a group is uplifting and has the power to increase the quality of life. We would like to encourage you to try more than one session to get into the swing of things and do feel free to give us any feedback.

Open for everyone

You don’t have to be a member of Parkinson’s UK to come to our singing group – anyone in our area affected by Parkinson’s (including partners and carers) is welcome.

What our singers say ….

“it’s not a choir, which people think it might be, it’s just a bit of fun … and voice exercises to keep us sharp” Diana

“I had visions of us, say, having to stand up and sing by ourselves … but it’s nothing like that” Tony

“you don’t have to be able to sing … and there’s a great bunch of people here … a very sociable thing to do” Val

“we do little tongue twisters which are really quite funny and make you laugh and just get you warmed up” Margaret

“you can be yourself, there’s no competition and no expectation” Diana

“no one could be more frightened of singing in public, or more wary of opening his mouth and emitting a dreadful sound than me, so if I can come along on a regular basis and enjoy singing then anybody can” Tony

“it does help the muscles in my face which get quite stiff and hopefully it will help prevent my voice from getting weaker” Margaret

“you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable a way of spending an hour it is” Tony

“there’s a real ‘feel-good’ factor” Margaret

“just come along and give it a try … it’s good fun” Margaret

“I was quite reluctant to begin with because I can’t sing a note and I’m ashamed of my voice” Tony

“it’s amazing how good it sounds when we all sing together” Margaret

Time and dates

The Warblers singing group is 11.00-12.15 including tea/coffee on the following Tuesday mornings:

  • 22 January 2019
  • 29 January 2019
  • 5 February 2019
  • 12 February 2019
  • 26 February 2019
  • 5 March 2019
  • 12 March 2019
  • 19 March 2019
  • 26 March 2019
  • 2 April 2019

Additional dates will appear here when confirmed.

Venue

The Lounge, Amersham Community Centre, Chiltern Avenue, Amersham HP6 5AH.

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Cost

We ask for a contribution of £4 per person or £6.50 per couple towards costs.

More information

Please contact Margaret Owen on 01494 866869  or contact us


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