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We made history by holding Paddock Wood’s first choir rehearsal by Zoom in April 2020, as part of the Sing Together project during the Covid-19 pandemic.
New singing groups
In January 2021 I welcomed everyone into the Paddock Wood Community Voices group, singing for joy and wellbeing on Zoom, as we were then not able to meet in person.
Our dedicated group had an online opportunity to have fun, bond together and create music from the comfort of our own homes! In Summer 2021 we were able to meet at my home and I trialled hybrid sessions where members had the choice whether they would like to carry on as an online singing group, or meet in person to sing! On 11th October we had our first hybrid session at the Wesley Centre, Paddock Wood and it was a success, so we have decided to continue our Monday Music sessions there for the foreseeable future. Thursday Singathrong still meets via Zoom for the moment, while we search for a suitable venue.
How much will this cost?
The cost is £5 per person, per week, a month in advance. This is to cover the cost of hiring the hall and my time, but please do get in contact in confidence if you would like to join but cost is an issue. The group is intended to be accessible to all. I accept payment by cash, direct bank transfer or my Paypal account (see button below!)
- 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
- 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the format of a session?
- Meet and greet, making sure everyone is present and all tech issues sorted.
- Physical and vocal warmups.
- Quick break to ensure everyone is ready to sing – a chance to get a drink or whatever you need to do while Sue shares the Songbook to the screen!
- Singing from the Songbook – Sue likes to operate by request, so everyone gets a choice.
- Chat to warm down.
What songs do you sing? Can I request a particular song?
When you sign up to the mailing list via the button at the top or bottom of this page, you will receive a password for the webpage that contains the songbook (which is at https://versatilevocals.co.uk/pwcv-songbook/). This will give you time to peruse the book and choose in advance what you might like to sing. Depending on numbers in the group, we may not have time for all requests, but we will try to keep track! There are a great many songs in the book, but please do make suggestions! Any suitable songs will be considered.
Will I be put on the spot to perform?
No! This is a fun singing group – we do not put pressure on anyone to perform solos (or unmute if joining online.) However, Sue believes that collective singing and hearing each other in an ensemble is a powerful thing, which some would like to maintain. Thus, she encourages Zoomers to ‘unmute’ during various parts of songs, but ONLY if they want to. Be prepared though – the limitations of the technology, AKA latency, means that we are not able to all sing together at once – and sometimes this can become a bit of a cacophony! The slower songs tend to be more successful.
I live in XYZTown – can I still join?
Yes – all are welcome to the Zoom sessions. We have regular members from other counties and countries!
Is there an end-project or performance?
This rather depends on what the group would like to do. Sue has made several virtual choir videos, so this would definitely be a possibility. However, we would need the relevant funding for these projects as they take an amazing amount of time and effort! Please see here for an example: http://bit.ly/HITW-CL. We have also busked Christmas carols and have been invited to sing at Paddock Wood’s Jubilee Picnic at Putlands Field on Sunday 5th June. Please come along and support us!
Do I have to come to every session?
While the groups are structured on a drop-in basis, Sue hopes you will want to join in every week, for maximum joy and consistency! If we do a project, you will get more practice if you come along regularly.
What happens post-Covid/once everyone is vaccinated? Will we meet in person?
We are now meeting in person! Sue also very much wants to continue the groups online, as she understands that there are people that are not able, or do not want, to leave their homes. Therefore, any groups that meet in person will also be online via Zoom. These hybrid meetings have been pretty successful so far!
Neither day suits me – will you offer any other days?
This all rather depends on the popularity of the groups – if there is enough interest in more groups then we will consider other days.
“I really do take my hat off to people like Sue Lovell, whose actions speak louder than words.”Joe Challis, Town Crier magazine