world music

Singing and Supper Evening

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Singing and Supper Evening
The Lothbury Centre
A great way to have a fun evening with friends who like to sing, experienced singers and only-in-the-bath singers of all ages are welcome.

Sing simple songs from different cultural traditions, rich in harmony and rhythm. Everything will be taught by ear, so just bring your vocal cords and enjoy the sounds we make in this resonant space.

Rowena Whitehead is a Cambridge-based singer and community choir leader who has been running voice workshops since 1991. She is known for her engaging and relaxed approach, and is Musical Director of Talking in Tune and a founder member of the Natural Voice Practitioners' Network (

Please feel free to bring food to share for supper half way through the evening.

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