GOOD VIBRATIONS – What about that New Year’s resolution … to sing (it’s good for your health!)
What you can expect:
Good Vibrations is open to both experienced and less experienced singers – and everything is taught by ear, so you don’t need to read music (but if you do, it’ll open your ears to a different way of listening and singing!)
If you want to be part of a vibrant friendly group (around 25/30 members) singing songs from different styles and traditions, develop confidence in singing with others, have fun + perform – this might well be the group for you! There are no auditions, but you do need to feel you can hold a tune & newer members can join in performances only if they wish to.
We do several fundraising performances a year in different settings and often with other groups, singers & musicians. (See below for more details …)
Good Vibrations is led by Sue Parlby and occasional guest workshop leaders – new members can have a free taster at the first session before deciding whether to join.
Sessions are held on Mondays (7.45pm – 9.45pm) at St Paul’s Church Centre (in the Lower Hall), Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP.
There is parking in the local streets.
10 sessions from 12th January – 23rd March.
The fee is on a sliding scale £80/£60 (low income) for the term (=£8/£5.50 per session).
What’s in store this term:
Songs old and new, and the opportunity to take part in the Community Choirs Festival over the weekend of March 21st and 22nd
So – some examples from recent years of what Good Vibrations can get up to!
- joint concert with Resound a cappella choir, performing songs specially commissioned by different contemporary composers to celebrate Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary.
- the Firechoir – a scratch choir of around 80 singers who sang a 10-minute medley to greet the Olympic torch to Cambridge on Parker’s piece in front of 40,000 people!
- the Cycle of Songs project which sent off this year’s Tour de France in style, also leaving a heritage of song apps written by various composers inspired by parts of Cambridge, to accompany your walk round Cambridge.
- Your Song: choirs from around Cambridge singing the African song medley “Zimbe” and their own songs on the festival’s theme of idenitity as part of the Festival of Ideas – to a packed enthusiastic audience.
- serenading picnickers at the annual Sing & Swim at Jesus Green pool, in aid of Water Aid
- getting toes tapping at Mill Road Winter Fair.
- featuring at Cambridge’s first ever Big Lunch event in the summer
Fundraising concerts with Good Vibrations:
- Performance of songs from Eastern Europe to raise funds for the Mostar Music Therapy Centre in Bosnia, along with the Michael Copley and the Cambridge Buskers
- Last Autumn “Raise the Rafters” concert (which truly lived up to its name!) with the fabulous Mawson Road Community Orchestra
- “Summer Sounds” in early summer along witin aid of the Money Advice Centre