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.

Performance for the Wednesday Songways choir:

  • Friday 3 May | Larkhall Festival | Choirs by Fire
    New Oriel Hall
    7:30pm Performance

Special events for the combined Songways choirs:

  • Friday 17 May | Bath Festival Party in the City
    Performance 7:30 -8pm St Swithin’s Church
  • Saturday 25 May | Sing Out
    Holy Trinity Church, Bradford on Avon
    2 -4pm Rehearsal
    5pm Concert

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).


SUMMER TERM DATES
24 April, 1, 8, 15, 22 May
PLUS Friday 3 May | Larkhall Festival Performance 7:30 – 8pm New Oriel Hall
5, 12, 19, 26 June, 3* July
*Venue for Wednesday 3 July: Widcombe Social Club


SPECIAL EVENTS WITH THE COMBINED SONGWAYS CHOIRS 
  • Friday 17 May | Bath Festival Party in the City
    Performance 7:30 – 8pm St Swithin’s Church
  • Saturday 25 May | Concert
    Performance 5pm | Rehearsal 2 -4pm
    Holy Trinity Church, Bradford on Avon

MEMBERSHIP FEES
Whole summer term £90
 including Saturday 25 May rehearsal and concert

First half of summer term £40 (£30 concessions for students & those in receipt of low income benefits)

Saturday 25 May rehearsal & concert £10 

Second half of summer term £40 (£30 concessions for students & those in receipt of low income benefits)


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 be welcome to bring any visitors you may have staying with you at no additional cost. You will have 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.


ABOUT THE LEADER
Jane Harris
is an experienced choir leader and the founder and Director of Songways. She has a clear, inclusive and enabling teaching style which uncovers the best in singers’ voices and draws people together with heartfelt, resonant singing. Jane also writes songs, often inspired by the natural world. Following the publication in 2015 of her first songbook, Everybody needs Beauty, Jane’s songs are being sung by several choirs in the UK and the US.

A brilliant choir leader – always patient, positive and encouraging

Superb choice of songs & inspirational leadership

Having gained an MA in Engineering from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and worked in the software industry, Jane moved in her mid-20s to work in the music world, first for the National Youth Orchestra and then Welsh National Opera. After ten years as a full-time mother, she moved into music teaching and led children’s music classes at the Wiltshire Music Centre. Jane trained as a community choir leader with Candy Verney, founding Songways in 2009. Jane has studied classical violin, enjoys playing traditional fiddle music and is a member of the Natural Voice Network.


 

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