Join Songways: Wednesdays 7:15 – 9:15pm

Join Songways on Wednesday evenings and learn beautiful songs from a wide range of harmony singing traditions. Led by Jane Harris in the beautiful setting and acoustics of St Swithin’s Church, Bath.

We are looking for adult singers of all ages to join us. Leave your working day behind, lift your voice and immerse yourself in glorious harmonies – it will make you feel good. Discover vibrant new songs and singing styles. All voices are welcome.

When is it and how much does it cost? Sessions run 7:15-9:15pm. Your first session is free. If you decide to join, membership is per half term (pro rata if you join mid-term) and works out at £8 per session. Term dates are shown below.

Who are we? We are currently 25 singers from in and around Bath. We love singing together and discovering new songs and harmonies. We are a friendly and welcoming group and we make a good sound.

What do we sing? Uplifting songs from a wide range of harmony singing traditions. Discover rich South African choruses, beautiful British and Irish folksongs, lively rhythmic American songs, vibrant Eastern European songs and powerful songs of freedom. Enjoy songs of stillness and peace, new songs from our visiting tutors and songs specially written for Songways by Jane.

How do we sing? Jane teaches by ear, singing each part using a call and response and layering up harmonies part by part. If you haven’t experienced this before, you will be amazed how quickly and beautifully a song comes together. We usually sing gathered in a circle so that everyone can see and hear each other. Sometimes we move the group around to experience songs in new ways and to explore different styles of singing, all of which enlivens and enriches the experience. For some songs we add instruments – fiddle, bouzouki, banjo or guitar – which adds yet another dimension.

Why sing? Singing makes you feel good and has proven health benefits: it’s good for posture, breathing and general well-being. Singing in harmony with others can be fun, heart-warming, soothing and at times deeply moving. It’s also a great way to make friends.

Please scroll down for full dates and details.

Description

Bath choir led by Jane Harris

WEDNESDAYS 7:15 – 9:15pm
Venue: St Swithin’s Church, The Paragon, BATH BA1 5LY MAP
Free on-street parking on The Paragon (from 6pm) and Walcot Street (from 7pm).


AUTUMN TERM DATES
18, 25 September, 2, 9, 16, 23 October
6, 13, 20, 27 November, 4, 11* December
*Wednesday 11 December | Sing & Social at Widcombe Social Club | 7:15 – 9:15pm Singing | Bar & social after

PLUS Monday 2 December | Performance as part of Dance Again charity concert
6:20 – 7:30pm
St Michael’s Without, Broad St, Bath Tickets


SPECIAL EVENTS FOR THE COMBINED SONGWAYS CHOIRS 
  • Tuesday 3 December | Bath Christmas Market 
    10 – 11:30am Rehearsal at St Swithin’s Church
    12 – 12:30pm Performance in front of the West Doors of Bath Abbey
  • Friday 6 December | Bradford on Avon Christmas Tree Festival
    9:45 – 11:15am Rehearsal | Wallington Hall
    11:15 – 11:45am Performance | Holy Trinity Church
  • Saturday 7 December | Beautiful Light
    Christmas concert with special guest Emma Hooper
    4 – 6:15pm Rehearsal
    7:30 – 8:30pm Performance by Songways joined by Emma for several songs
    After the interval, Songways singers will join the audience
    8:50 – 9:30pm Performance by Emma Hooper
    St Luke’s Church, Hatfield Road/Wellsway, Bath BA2 2BD

ABOUT THE LEADER
Jane Harris is an experienced choir leader and the Director of Songways. She has a clear, inclusive and enabling teaching style, uncovers the best in singers’ voices and draws people together with heartfelt, resonant singing. Jane has a rich, vibrant voice and has performed with the acclaimed Helen Chadwick Song Theatre. Jane also writes songs, often inspired by the natural world, which are sung by choirs in the UK, the US and Canada. She has published two songbooks – Everybody needs Beauty and Celtic Song Trio. Jane plays the violin and is a member of the Natural Voice Network.

A brilliant choir leader – always patient, positive and encouraging

Superb choice of songs & inspirational leadership


MEMBERSHIP FEES
Whole autumn term £106 – including Saturday 7 December rehearsal and concert  

First half of autumn term £48 (£36 concessions for students & those in receipt of low income benefits)
Second half of autumn term £48 (£36 concessions for students & those in receipt of low income benefits)
Saturday 7 December rehearsal & concert £10 


Membership fees are payable at the start of each half term by BACS transfer (preferred – ask Jane for details), cheque to Songways or cash. If you come for a free taster session and decide to join the choir, the remainder of the half term fees are due at the next session. If you join part way into the half term, you pay pro rata for the rest of the half term.

Having signed up for the half term, you will gain access to online resources via the Members’ page of the website. If you miss a Wednesday, you are welcome to attend a Songways session on a Tuesday or a Friday if you can, to make up the missed session.


 

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