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Singer, Songwriter and Voice Practitioner
For several years Polly has been facilitating singing workshops. She likes to work with people who feel blocked from using their singing voice, as well as those with more experience. Whilst giving occasional private lessons, Polly's preferred method of teaching is through workshops. She also arranges for a community choir "Larks", a group open to all who enjoy singing or have a desire to sing. Polly also arranges polyphonic arrangements of some of our finest folk songs and writes chants and jazz improvisations.
Polly believes we can all sing if we give ourselves permission. The recent interest in voice workshops, singing groups and voice camps helps make that "permission" possible to all.
The workshops Polly has developed include:
FIND YOUR VOICE, LOVE YOUR VOICE
This workshop is aimed at those who want to discover if they have a singing voice or want to improve their ability to sing out. Through breathing, voice placement, opening the throat and resonating, participants are helped to feel the whole-
"I REALLY CAN'T SING!"
Polly has developed this workshop in response to an often heard plea! This workshop is for singing-
This workshop is light-
Polly is one of the leading traditional singers in Britain, well-
Open to all with a "good ear" for harmony or some experience of close harmony singing. Polly's wide experience of the traditional song in Britain has prompted her to arrange some of her favourite songs, in a sometimes unconventional way, mainly as four part polyphonic arrangements. The parts are taught aurally so there is no need to read music.
Polly occasionally runs singing workshops and singing weekends at her retreat centre, Oak Barn Centre, Clee St Margaret in South Shropshire. Details of these events can be found on:
The centre can also be used as a recording studio and rehearsal space for performers and choirs and is set in the beautiful landscape of the South Shropshire Hills. Please contact us for more information.