What is Community Music?
Community music adheres to the philosophy that music is like physical exercise: for all ages and for all people. And, like physical exercise, participation in musical exercise leads to improved health and well-being.
As a community musician, I promote an approach to singing and music making that is based on active collaboration between the individuals who sing, play, create, improvise and perform together. When we make music as a community everyone gains; individuals grow in confidence as they learn new skills and the community is stronger and more connected.
Two examples of the communities who come together to sing with me are the Harbour Lights Community Choir, whose members come from Amble and the surrounding area, and the Earl Grey Teahouse Singers; a workplace choir for the staff who work in the tea rooms at Howick Hall.