Every Earthly Eye – New Songs for Harmony Singing

I'm thinking about that wonderful moment when I realise I probably have enough material for a new book of songs for harmony singing. I browse my computer and print out what I have and lay the songs out to see how they hang together as a collection.  And then … Read more »

Roadside Rescue

"Being a voice worker is a bit like working for a roadside rescue firm – people are so pleased to see you. You engage in psychical midwifery, alchemy, psychology, body work, musical direction, teaching, information sharing, artistry, poetry, dance, nurturing, consciousness-raising, leadership,philosophical enquiry, challenging, directing, … Read more »

Empathy: the great social virtue

"A cappella singing is all about the immersion of the self into the community. That's one of the great feelings – to stop being me for a little while, and to become us. That way lies empathy, the great social virtue." Brian Eno 2008

Thank you!

As the year draws to a close I’ve been thinking of all the people who’ve hosted workshops this year and/or given me a bed for the night when I was working away from home. Thank you for the late night chats, the inspiring breakfast conversations, the clean … Read more »

New Book!

Here it is at last! The long, long awaited book that Gitika Partington and I have been working on for almost 4 years: Community Voiceworks: The Complete Resource for Community Choirs.  It has some of my own songs and Gitika’s interesting-to-sing but entirely accessible arrangements of … Read more »

Sing for Water Scotland

Great time up in Edinburgh at the weekend singing at the Mound to raise money for WaterAid with Sing for Water Scotland. Singers came from all over Scotland to make up the choir! Lovely day and we've raised enough to give 150 people access to … Read more »

Chorus Awards announced

Exciting day today - in my role as Choir Director for Scotland Sings we announced the winners of the very first Chorus Awards. These awards for Scotland's Choirs aren't about being the biggest or the best or about musical accomplishment or perfection. Like the BBC Alba Trad Awards … Read more »

Learning and Teaching

Here’s a thing I’ve been thinking about this week. Women Singing is an annual event held here in SW Scotland that I’ve been going to since it began almost 25 years ago. Everything is taught by ear and as a group they are awesomely quick … Read more »

Macmath – Coming Soon!

This month sees the culmination and performances of a project I've been dreaming about for the past ten years! Back in about 2014 I came across two beautiful handwritten books of songs in the National Trust for Scotland's Broughton House, Kirkcudbright. The books were made by … Read more »

SongTribe Launch

March sees the online launch of my new Edinburgh based choir SongTribe. Ros Gasson - fantastic photographer and well known Edinburgh fiddle player and teacher - and I are doing this as a joint venture. I'll lead the choir and do all the music and … Read more »

Page 1 of 3123