25th March: 7.00pm
Change the World in Song!
Join ‘Change the World in Song’, singing to raise the rafters and spirits, and affirm values of peace and justice.
Uplifting songs will be taught by ear, and you will be able to sing in harmony with pre-recorded sound tracks. No special abilities or previous experience necessary – just a desire to sing. We won’t have the full choir experience – everyone will be singing together in the privacy of their own space. BUT by connecting with others visually, and also chatting in break-out rooms it is possible to feel part of a larger whole. Singing is fun! It enriches us mentally and physically, and can give us a real boost, while connecting us to a community of inspirational singers and songwriters who are also dedicated to envisioning and building a better tomorrow.
Change the World in Song is a friendly, open access, non-auditioning Community Choir, which welcomes members from all communities across Belfast and beyond. The group’s name reflects the flavour of many (but by no means all) of the songs we sing: songs from around the world that promote peace, freedom, justice and care for the planet. We sing in harmony and draw on song traditions from across the globe.
Kate Fletcher has been facilitating ‘Change the World in Song‘ since 2004, as well as other singing groups and choirs in Belfast, and formerly in Sheffield. Her approach has been very much influenced by Frankie Armstrong and the Natural Voice Network, of which she is a member.
Kate is aware that there are many who were told to mime at school, or lost confidence in their own ability along the way. For her, is not about how good we are, but about our right to enjoy song, and experience the joy, connectedness and sometimes catharsis that can come from singing in a group. She often quotes from Frankie Armstrong: ‘If you are singing a different note to me, you are singing a harmony’! There are many cultures around the world where people don’t ask who can sing or who can’t- they just do it! We have lost a lot of that connectedness, and can learn so much from others. Like any skill, we get better the more we do it – and Kate is committed to the group remaining open access and non-auditioning.