Next date for sacred singing
Thursday 3rd June 2021 at 7.30pm
in the open air on the decking by my front door
Scroll down for further information about these singing evenings or contact me.
Current charity: Practical Action
(scroll down to see amounts raised for previous charities)
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There is a Taizé service at St Laurence Church in Stroud at 6pm on the 3rd Saturday each month (arrive at 5pm for practice if you wish).
On visiting Findhorn for the first time
in 2002, I came to love Taizé singing, and a
chance conversation led me to start a Taizé chant group as soon as I moved to
Stroud in 2005. This has gradually evolved into a group which sings or chants
from a much more widely eclectic repertoire, and I have been strongly
influenced by the Dances of Universal
Peace, which honour all the major spiritual traditions of the world.
Some songs we learn by ear; for others I offer sheet music, but music-reading is not required or expected. We sing anything from unison chants to rounds to four-part harmony and many of the songs have a meditative flavour.
We often enjoy an extended silence after a song, to allow ourselves space to experience the stillness and fullness of the quiet that may follow the music.
Every-one is welcome - come with an open heart and share your voice with others in this sacred space!
I have co-compiled a beautiful book of the songs and dances of the type we sing on Mondays - see this page.
Donations invited on these singing evenings - we support a different charity every few months. Suggested contribution £7/£5.
Current and previous charities and donations:
Jan-Mar 2020 £145 Freedom from Torture
Oct -Dec 2019 £180 Practical Action
Jun-Sep 2019 £120 Sarcoidosis UK
Jan-May 2019 £270 Practical Action
Aug-Dec 2018 £300 Freedom from Torture
Apr-Jul 2018 £200 Practical Action
Jan-Mar 2018 £180 Crisis
Nov-Dec 2017 £100 Teckel's Animal Sanctuary
Apr-Nov 2017 £300 Freedom from Torture
Jan-Mar 2017 £270 Shelter Box
Oct-Dec 2016 £350 Practical Action
July-Sep 2016 £130 Longfield House
May-June 2016 £130 Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth
Mar-Apr 2016 £110 Target Ovarian Cancer
Jan-Feb 2016 £130 Refugee Women
Nov-Dec 2015 £145 Mandala Trust
Sep-Oct 2015 £110 Freedom from Torture
July-Aug 2015 £125 Medical Aid for Palestinians
May-June 2015 £120 Practical Action
Mar-Apr 2015 £100 Tibet Relief Fund
Jan-Feb 2015 £120 Freedom from Torture
Nov-Dec 2014 £265 DEC Ebola crisis appeal
Sep-Oct 2014 £100 www.reprieve.co.uk
July-Aug 2014 £156 RSPCA
May-June 2014 £60 Lotus Outreach www.lotusoutreach.org/education supporting education of girls in Cambodia.
Mar - Aprl 2014 £98 County Community Project - Cheltenham-based charity supporting vulnerable people.
Jan-Feb 2014 £90 Freedom from Torture
Dec 2013 £110 Friends of the Earth
Oct-Nov 2013 £150 D.E.C. (Philippines hurricane) www.dec.org.uk
Sep 2013 £55 Chalford Hedgehog Hospital
Aug 2013 £140 www.reprieve.org.uk
Jul 2013 £80 Cheltenham Animal Sanctuary
May-Jun 2013 £80 www.survivalinternational.org
Apr 2013 £70 Gloucestershire Domestic Violence Support and Advocacy Project
Mar 2013 £70 Salvation Army
Jan-Feb 2013 £141 Greenpeace