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Singing Afternoons music leader Chris Bartram

Singing at NCEM for York Residents' Festival 2017

Singing at NCEM as part of World Mental Health Day 2016
If you like to sing - whatever your experience - then our Singing Afternoons are for you. Held at the National Centre for Early Music, these relaxed workshops allow people from all walks of life to be part of a friendly community, making music and meeting new people, in the beautiful surroundings and warm acoustic of a medieval church. To book please go here

Launching in partnership with BBC Radio York's community singing initiative York In Harmony  - which culminates at 6pm on Friday 7 April with a Grand Finale at the National Centre for Early Music, with a live broadcast on BBC Radio York - NCEM's Singing Afternoons provide ongoing opportunities for York residents to enjoy communal music-making. 

Experienced community choir leader, Chris Bartram, will gently guide singing enthusiasts through a variety of different music from around the world. With six sessions spread across 2017, these Singing Afternoons offer an informal alternative to a regular community choir. There is no pressure to come to every session and you do not need to read music or have any prior experience of singing in a group - all are welcome!

Past Come & Sing events at NCEM have shown how effective this kind of music-making can be:
  • "Singing in a group lifts my spirits like nothing else. There are now more choirs in the UK than Fish & Chip shops, and the spate of TV programmes about choral singing shows that we like to sing in groups because it makes us feel better"
  • "Great to come together in a beautiful space"
  • "Inspiring, community-spirited and fun!"
  • "I felt pleased as punch after singing with everyone. Nothing like it for putting you in a good mood!"

Singing Afternoons in 2017 will be held at NCEM, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York, YO1 9TL on the following Mondays, 2-4pm, with places available for booking via our Box Office:
  • 15th May
  • 19th June
  • 24th July
  • 9th October 
  • 13th November
  • 18th December

NCEM is run by a registered charity, the York Early Music Foundation, and asks for a voluntary donation of £1 per session to help cover costs. NCEM is supported by City of York Council as part of Culture & Wellbeing In York, and is working with Age UK York, Converge and York St John University to enable access to positive communal activity for those in most need. If you have any access queries, please contact NCEM Education Development Manager on emily.crossland@ncem.co.uk or 01904 632220.