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Come & Sing with Vivien Ellis

In celebration of York Residents Festival 2018, Grammy-nominated vocalist Vivien Ellis made a welcome return to the National Centre for Early Music, bringing two relaxed singing workshops, encouraging people of all ages to unite in song, movement and creativity. Focusing on communal part-singing and drawing on music from a variety of global traditions, these sessions did not require any prior experience or any ability to read musical notation. As participants said, "if you've got a voice and you want to use it - it doesn't even matter if you haven't used it for 40 years - this is the perfect opportunity" and "it's so relaxed, there's no pressure at all, just fun!"
Vivien is an experienced singing leader and a member of the Natural Voice Network. She enjoys creating a friendly space, where people relax, have fun and get in touch with their own, personal voice. Vivien also has research interests in the area of Arts on Prescription for mental health and well-being and has this to say about social singing: "As a professional singer I've noticed for myself, friends and family the benefits that singing brings for health and wellbeing. Singing in a group lifts my spirits like nothing else, reduces stress and loneliness, and promotes well-being. There are now more choirs in the UK than fish and 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".

If you enjoy group singing in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, you may also be interested in NCEM's  Cuppa & A Chorus sessions.

The National Centre for Early Music is part of the Culture & Wellbeing in York Partnership, a collection of cultural groups working to improve health and wellbeing outcomes across York, by offering opportunities to engage in arts activities, particularly reducing barriers to participation. It is supported by the following organisations: Accessible Arts and Media, York at Large, York Museums Trust, York Theatre Royal, Explore York, Pilot, Converge, Age UK and the City of York Council