Time and Date: Wednesdays in term time, between 7pm and 9pm
Leader: Paul Wilson
Cost: £75 per 10 week term (£50 concessions); £37.50 per half term (£25 concessions) £10 per session (£6 per session) (Please note that concessions are available for people in receipt of income-related benefit and those in full-time education - please bring proof of status.)
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Resources: - music scores and MP3s are available to group members - a link will be supplied by group leader.
Voices in Common is a community folk choir based in Exeter. It is an open access choir welcoming all voices and levels of experience. Currently the choir is about 40 voices. They sing folk songs from their own region, or recently written songs on subjects dear to the hearts of the singers. They also sing some songs with an international connection and like to connect with a first language speaker to get accurate pronunciation and understand meanings as fully as possible.
Recently the choir has performed in Exeter Cathedral, opened a national tour of theatre show Tiny Heroes as well as taking local bookings along with other choirs and linking with sustainable projects like a local organic flour mill to sing milling songs!
The choir has set up a close relationship with another group from Berlin. They welcomed the Berlin singers to Exeter in May 2015 and travelled to Germany for exchange leg in June 2016, over the weekend of the EU referendum. The result served to enormously strengthen the resolve of all the singers to stay in touch and reach out across Europe to their friends.
“I love the feeling that comes when we’re all harmonizing together”
“This choir is a brilliant way of meeting people and making great music”
Paul Wilson leads the choir. Alongside his international performing work, Paul has an illustrious career as a folk music educator and choir leader. He leads Voices In Common Exeter as well as arranging, composing music, and co-ordinating large singing projects for schools and across the UK. He is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners Network. With Marilyn Tucker, he is co-founder of Wren Music, which has become a highly respected organization, serving many thousands of participants each year. Wren Music works with all ages and phases of young people, in a variety of contexts and settings, designing and delivering vocal projects for old and young alike. In 2002, he was awarded an Honorary MA in Music Education by the University of Plymouth.