These ‘freestyle’ workshops are all about enjoying the freedom and spontaneity of creating group sounds ‘in the moment’. Instead of learning songs which have already been arranged in harmony, you’ll be guided through a variety of exercises with simple tips and techniques to help you make up your own notes and rhythms. The emphasis is always on creating a group sound so, although you can choose what you sing, you don’t have to have lots of ideas and you won’t have to sing on your own – you’ll all be listening to each other and responding to the sounds you hear. At the beginning of the workshop, you’ll be following strict guidelines and there will be limitations on what you’re ‘allowed’ to sing; by the end of the workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to sing freely, yet always as part of a group. These workshops make improvisation un-scary and accessible; you don’t have to be born with a particular talent. Expect to be moved, surprised and delighted… and to have a lot of fun! To find out more about the background of the Singing Together Freestyle workshops, click here.
TIMETABLE: The workshop will start promptly at 10.30 am – you’re welcome to arrive any time after 10.00 am. To help keep our energy up, and to give ourselves headspace between exercises, there will be several breaks throughout the day, as we need them. We’ll stop for lunch sometime around 1.00 pm and we’ll finish at 4.00 pm.
REFRESHMENTS: Teas, coffee, biscuits and fruit will be provided, free of charge, during the breaks. Tap water will be available all morning or bring your own.
VENUE: We shall be singing in the meeting room at Sale Quaker Meeting House, which is set in its own gardens with a Quaker burial ground. It provides a peaceful, secluded environment in a busy residential area, close to Sale town centre. Access: This venue is accessible to disabled people.
LOCATION: The meeting house is only 5 minutes walk from the A56 with lots of buses and about 10 minutes walk from Sale Metrolink station, which has regular services to Manchester’s train stations. It is less than 5 minutes drive from Junction 7 of the M60. If you want to extend your day, central Manchester or Altrincham are easily accessible for shops, eating places and a bit of culture.
For printable infomation and directions, click on: Sale Quaker Meeting House – Full Day Freestyle