Sounds Like Fun!

A New Daytime Community Singing Group for the Hanleys

Starts Wednesday 22nd May

A new community singing experience is coming to the Hanleys in the form of a drop-in-everyone-welcome singing group led by Ros Thomas, an experienced singing group leader.

Adults of all ages are invited to come along and sing for pleasure in a relaxed and friendly group atmosphere, just for the love of it and without the pressure of performance.  All voices are welcome, all songs are taught by ear, no experience is necessary, there is no audition and Ros promises that no-one will be asked to sing on their own – ever!

“I have been running Tuesday evening groups in Malvern Link and Canon Frome for several years, and am now offering the same singing opportunity to the community of the Hanleys.

“I have arranged the scheduling to be suitable for parents and grandparents who have children to collect from school (hopefully participants will finish their singing session exhilarated, invigorated and ready to match the energy of the school children), though anyone free during the day is very welcome to attend.”

The sessions will take place at Hanley Swan Village Hall on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday afternoon of each month from 1.30 to 3.00 pm.  Each session will be followed by tea and biscuits and time for a chat for those who don’t have to rush off.

Sessions cost £6 including refreshments.

Ros is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network, which believes that singing is everyone’s birthright. Natural Voice teachers are committed to styles that are accepting and inclusive of all, regardless of musical experience and ability.  The Natural Voice website says: Natural Voice is about celebrating the voice you were born with, rather than trying to train it to an ideal of perfection.  It’s about building accepting, non-judgmental communities that sing together.  It’s about welcoming all voices into a group without audition and working from there to make a group sound.  It’s about making learning by ear accessible to the whole group so that nobody needs to be able to read music.

Ros follows these principles in all of her groups and workshops and is looking forward to meeting new faces and hearing new voices in Hanley Swan.

“Because no-one is asked to sing on their own, people can just relax into creating a group sound and can often really surprise themselves when they find they are singing in a four-part harmony.  The group will be run on a drop-in basis, and I would like to welcome a broad range of adults (both men and women) of all ages – regardless of whether they think they can sing or not.  We shall be singing a selection of non-classical music, from rounds and call & response songs through to jazz, gospel, world music and even original songs I write myself.”

What the singers say:

“I go to both Ros’s groups as I couldn’t wait two weeks to have so much fun, laughter, joy, emotion and exhilaration ……. Ros coaxes amazing harmonies and sounds; she believes you can do it and you do.  Don’t know how but it’s magical.”  Jen, West Malvern

“I have never enjoyed myself so much, in such a short space of time, doing something I had never tried before.  You are an inspirational teacher, making it easy for us newcomers to feel welcome and part of the group. I actually went away last evening feeling as if I could sing!”  Elaine, Ross-on-Wye

“My teacher on my first day at primary school told me at the age of five that I could not sing.   Forty years later, Ros has proved to me that everybody, including me, can sing – and have a laugh doing it.   Thank you.”   Nick Martin, Malvern

You can find more testimonials and information at the website

or contact Ros Thomas

01684 576681