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over 60s Singing

Rediscover old favourites and learn new songs. Emphasis is on building confidence and enjoyment. No experience required.
  • Who is it for?

    This course is designed for anyone over 60 who enjoys singing, or thinks that they might enjoy singing. Most of the singing is the whole group together, but there is sometimes the opportunity to sing solo. No previous knowledge/experience or skill is expected.

  • What does it cover?

    The aim of the course is to provide enjoyment and mental stimulation, and to encourage good singing habits (particularly posture and breathing).

    The material used includes songs from medieval to modern, ranging from folk songs, classical songs by Mozart, Schubert, etc, opera choruses, songs from shows to musicals. Some songs are well-known, others more demanding but always manageable! Aspects of good vocal technique are introduced in warm-up exercises and when they occur in songs. Musical notation is also introduced, and discusses when appropriate but it is not at all necessary to read music. 1. Sing a wide range of songs with confidence.
    2. Experience and have a basic understanding of singing process.
    3. Understand basic music notation.
    4. Sing in other languages.
    5. Experience the blending of voices in ensemble singing.
    6. Sing simple two or three part harmony, and sing without accompaniment.

  • What will it be like?

    The songs are taught mostly by rote, with written handouts to aid the memory. There are also handouts to cover technical points about music notation, and pronunciation of French, Latin, German and Italian.

    Each session begins with warm-up activities and voice development exercises. Informal self-assessment, and by tutor's observations on the group's performance and progress.

  • What else do I need to buy or do?

    None
    None

  • What could it lead to?

    Choir or solo-singing classes for beginners. Tutor will advise.

Available Courses

over 60s Singing

Rediscover old favourites and learn new songs. Emphasis is on building confidence and enjoyment. No experience required.

25 September 2024 – 11 December 2024
Wednesday, 11:15 to 12:45
Course Code:20
£65 / £23
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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15 January 2025 – 02 April 2025
Wednesday, 11:15 to 12:45
Course Code:21
£65 / £23
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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30 April 2025 – 16 July 2025
Wednesday, 11:15 to 12:45
Course Code:22
£65 / £23
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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The Mary Ward Singers

A lively choir singing a wide range of music, much of it acappella. Students need to be able to read music. The aim is for students to enjoy choral music and occasional concerts are given.
Please see our website for more information: www.marywardsingers.org.uk

25 September 2024 – 11 December 2024
Wednesday, 19:30 to 21:30
Course Code:943
£206 / £72
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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15 January 2025 – 02 April 2025
Wednesday, 19:30 to 21:30
Course Code:944
£206 / £72
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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30 April 2025 – 16 July 2025
Wednesday, 19:30 to 21:30
Course Code:945
£206 / £72
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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Old Time Music Hall/Variety Theatre Performing

Professional coaching and rehearsals in preparation for regular public performances (at least 3 a term). Students attend for 2 hours: one hour of which is spent on solo performance and one hour with the whole group learning and performing groups’ scenas.

25 September 2024 – 11 December 2024
Wednesday, 17:00 to 19:00
Course Code:940
£190 / £65
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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15 January 2025 – 02 April 2025
Wednesday, 17:00 to 19:00
Course Code:941
£190 / £65
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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30 April 2025 – 16 July 2025
Wednesday, 17:00 to 19:00
Course Code:942
£190 / £65
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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Love To Sing

A relaxed and fun space for all lovers of singing who want to explore group singing, build harmonies and re-discover the joy of vocal music. Varied grooves and contrasting styles and genres will be covered. Beginners welcome.

Please note: The Tuesday morning class will take place at Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 ORB
This a new Mary Ward Centre location and is a short walk from Southwark Tube Station.

08 October 2024 – 10 December 2024
Tuesday, 10:00 to 11:30
Course Code:937
£124 / £43
10 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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28 January 2025 – 01 April 2025
Tuesday, 10:00 to 11:30
Course Code:938
£124 / £43
10 Meetings
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13 May 2025 – 15 July 2025
Tuesday, 10:00 to 11:30
Course Code:939
£124 / £43
10 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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Meet The Tutor

For more information contact The Departmental Administrator at admin@marywardcentre.ac.uk

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