Feel like singing but not too confident? Want to develop your repertoire and learn new styles? Ever fancied trying your hand at writing a song?
Whatever your interest or ability, we’ll have something to suit you. We have a range of song classes, suitable for those who have never sung before to more experienced singers.
Scottish Song & Beyond
A lively, fun and friendly group learning great traditional songs. This class focuses on training the voice through enjoyable and rewarding exercises and challenging harmonies, without the need to read music. We are continuously building on our already extensive repertoire, to include songs from Ireland, Africa and elsewhere, spending much of class time learning new songs and harmonies. Suitable for complete beginners as well as experienced singers – there are different degrees of difficulty in the class so that you can work at a pace which suits you.
This well-established class fills up quickly!
NB this class has its mid-term break one week later than all other classes, on 24th October.
Times: Wednesday at 10.30am – 12.30pm, St Michael’s Church *NOTE NEW VENUE*
Tutor: Jennifer Sterling
Songwriting in the Tradition
The class will search out the stories and memories of friends, family and neighbourhoods, and draw upon these to make songs. An enthusiasm for doing this is as important as the ability to play a musical instrument or being clever with words. We can use tunes from the tradition, just as Burns did, or we can make our own. We can work together as a group, as smaller groups, or as individuals. The class will be supportive and hardworking.
Times: Wednesdays 7-9pm James Gillespie’s High School
Tutor: Scott Murray
Now in its eighth year, this flourishing group learns a wide variety of traditional Scots songs.
We learn by ear, with easy and enjoyable voice warm-ups, simple rounds and games to build confidence, and a chance to try harmonies. The atmosphere is relaxed, warm, welcoming, sociable and musical.
Songs include Burns songs, seasonal songs, songs of celebration, Edinburgh songs, songs from the Scottish Traveller tradition, work songs, children’s songs, songs your granny loved, songs from contemporary songwriters, songs from other traditions…
The class has organised several successful socials and has performed in the community. All ages of adult singers welcome, both beginners and experienced.
Sing solo? Yes, you can. This class will prepare you to do just that, for example at a singaround session in a pub or folk club, or a TMSA competition. Anyone who wants to sing can join. There is no audition.
Participants will work in a small group led by Scott Murray, and will be helped to choose material which best suits their capabilities. You will learn how to present your songs with conviction and confidence. We will work in a relaxed, supportive and enjoyable environment.
Times: Thursday at 7-9pm James Gillespie’s High School *NOTE change of night*
Tutor: Scott Murray
Taking Your Singing Further
5-week course in Term 2, after the mid-term break. Starts Tues 19th Feb 2019.
Times: Tuesday at 10.30am-12.30pm Christ Church Centre
Tutor: Mary McCann