Naomi’s News – January 2020

It may only be January but this year has been exciting so far!

My one-to-one music pupils have made a great start, with some preparing to take exams with the ABRSM later this term: two Piano Prep Tests, a Violin Grade 1, a Piano Grade 2 and my first ever Singing for Musical Theatre pupil entering for Grade 1.  Singing for Musical Theatre exams with ABRSM were introduced for the first time last year and the repertoire is lots of fun with the only problem being how to choose between all the brilliant song options available.  I can’t wait to see how my pupil gets on with this.

I’m looking forward to taking the Bassetts Farm Primary School Choir after half-term and discovering whether an after school rehearsal is more productive than a lunchtime one.  I’m currently putting together a selection of songs for these fantastic young people to work on – watch this space.

Singing for Wellbeing sessions have got off to a cracking start, with new faces joining all of my community singing groups (Singing for the Brain, Exeter Stroke Singing Group, and Singing for Wellbeing at the Budleigh Hub).  The Hub session was given a super boost when Home Instead and myself were offered the chance to run a free taster session at Budleigh Library earlier in the month.  A great chance to meet more people living in this great community – and to share the brilliant feeling of singing with a group.  Thank you Budleigh Library!

It was an absolute joy to meet my fellow Singing for the Brain leaders from Clevedon at my last Exmouth group’s session.  Thank you for coming along!  It can be quite isolating in some ways being a self-employed singing leader, so it’s always wonderful to meet others and share experiences.  With this in mind, I’m exploring the possibility of setting up a network for Arts and Wellbeing Leaders using social media.  More to follow.

I’m enjoying introducing a new song to my groups: a calming yet uplifting song called “Peace Like A River”, and as ever, I am always looking for new song suggestions – if you have one, do drop me a line!

Thanks for reading!

 – Naomi


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