Eastbourne’s Voiceworks Company of Singers

Eastbourne’s The Voiceworks Company of Singers are currently enjoying their choir rehearsals on Zoom.

Friday, 16th October 2020, 6:00 am
Haley Stevens

They have been online since lockdown in March and are still going strong.

Although a portion of each of their Eastbourne and Lewes choirs plan to meet in person in safe bubbles, the online members (32 in total over two choirs) are still enjoying their weekly rehearsals virtually with leader Haley Stevens.

“The online choir also enjoy extra evenings like the recent Desert Island Discs, the Big Music Quiz and they’re looking forward to the upcoming, regular, Classic Song Night, where they belt out favourite numbers from the comfort of their own homes,” says Haley, who accompanies them live on her piano from her music room.

“The bonus is that no one can hear you! Choir members can hear me and my piano but no one else, so they don’t have to worry if they’re hitting the wrong note or getting the words wrong. Everyone can see everyone else smiling and enjoying themselves from the screen, but the experience is one of sing as if no one can hear you!”

The four-part choral pieces they are currently working on in their weekly rehearsals, accompanied by Haley and her four-part recorded tracks, include Bohemian Rhapsody, White Winter Hymnal and Nimrod.

“All the pieces will feature in a fabulous showcase charity concert when choral singing returns to normal, hopefully in the not too distant future.”

Haley and the choir would love new members to come and join the fun: “If anyone is missing their usual choir sessions, or just wants to have a good old sing, or perhaps you want to bring a bit of fun to your week, you can contact me at [email protected] or 07984 014509 or visit the website at www.voiceworkshops.co.uk. The Zoom online app is free and simple to join.”

Haley has introduced a special introductory rate for new members wishing to join the Voiceworks Zoom choirs.

“No experience is needed for the classic song nights. More experienced singers will enjoy the challenge of the regular weekly Zoom choir rehearsal.”

Haley also offers one-to-on online voice coaching for those wishing to keep their voices warmed up whilst waiting to return to singing in person.

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