Harmony 303 Community Choir is an enthusiastic group of singers, all sharing a love of singing. Our sessions are light – hearted and enjoyable.
Where and When
We meet in school term time on Tuesday mornings at Norton-sub-Hamdon village hall.
Dates for the Autumn Term
11 week term, =
Sep. 7, 14, 21, 28, and Oct 5th
(Oct. 12,19 half term- no Choir)
Oct.26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, and 23
Each session starts with a warm-up, and then moves on to rounds and short songs. Longer and more complex songs are introduced gradually, building up the harmony when everyone is confident. We have a repertoire of songs such as Bridge Over Troubled Water.
The atmosphere is deliberately informal, unpressurised, and great fun.
At the end of term there is a chance for everyone to take part in an informal concert for family and friends. The choir may be asked to take part in local events – but this is optional for members.
On Tuesday, September 7th, the Choir will be meeting Claire Anstee, our new
Musical Director at our first live session for about 18 months. A momentous
Claire is a member of Natural Voice Network and has long experience of leading
singing workshops and community choirs in the South West area. Indeed, Choir
Members will remember seeing her with one of her choirs at Somerton Festival. Her
own particular musical favourites are African, Eastern European and jazz
She is also keen on organising singing holidays and has visited Tuscany, Morocco
and Greece with several groups.
All of us who were at Claire’s workshop last month enjoyed her musical choices and
enthusiastic approach. We look forward to singing and learning with her.We have a new musical director . Welcome Claire.
‘If you can talk you can sing!’
We start from the belief that most people can sing with encouragement and practice so that choir sessions can be enjoyed both by those with little or no experience and also by those who already sing regularly. The choir is run using this Natural Voice approach: you do not need to be able to read music or have sung in choirs before, as all the songs are taught by ear. Words and some music (optional!) are provided for some songs. The Zimbabwean proverb ‘If you can talk you can sing’ underlies the approach.
What the members say
“I come out of choir with a smile”
“I can’t think of anything I would rather do on a Tuesday morning”