We run weekly, fortnightly and monthly SingAbout sessions in towns across the Isle of Wight, led by our experienced practitioners:
Sandy pioneered the Newport SingAbout group from its launch in 2011, and now covers SingAbout groups around the island. She has been involved in community arts projects and fundraisers for many years, from singing with a rather mature girl band to dancing with the famous Whitstable Fish Slappers. Shortly after coming to the Isle of Wight in 2003, she joined the Sounds Lively choir and was encouraged to train with the National Voice Practitioners' Network to become a leader.
She believes strongly in the emotional, social and health benefits of singing together and is convinced that we all have a right for our voices to be heard, with laughter and fellowship also playing their part.
Sandy is a highly experienced community music specialist for our SingAbout sessions. Sandy is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners Network and is Alzheimer’s Society-trained in dementia awareness.
Sandy feels privileged to be involved in shaping the SingAbout programme with Independent Arts, and looks forward to its continued success.
Amy leads our SingAbout groups in Ryde and Sandown. She is a professional cabaret singer originally from Lancashire. She has been singing and dancing since the age of four and took on many roles within her local theatre's productions before studying for a Diploma in Performing Arts in Manchester. She has worked for the past 12 years all over Europe for companies such as Thomson, Brittany Ferries, Colorline Cruises, Thomas Cook and many more.
She is now based on the Isle of Wight and spends her evenings entertaining both tourists and locals in many of the Islands hotels and clubs.
Jane has been leading Freshwater SingAbout since 2011 and brings a wealth of musical experience and a love of a whole variety of musical styles to the sessions.
Lizzie leads our Ventnor SingAbout group. She also entertains in care homes across the island via our Workshops for Wellbeing programme. She has been engaged in musical activity all her life having performed in musical theatre productions since the age of 12. She has sung with many choirs and plays the piano guitar and cello.
Lizzie retired from her business of 10 years, Fasbat Musical Theatre Company which provides classes for adults and children five years ago, and moved to the Isle of Wight to write and develop an educational programme. She has been involved in community projects in St Lawrence where she now lives, producing and directing the Christmas entertainment at the village hall.
She is passionate about encouraging people to engage in all things musical and loves the quote: “He who sings scares away his woes.” (Miguel de Cevantes Saavedra)
Ruth leads our Lake SingAbout group. She has always enjoyed singing and making all sorts of music, from renaissance recorder music to folk fiddle. She teaches music in a primary school, where she particularly enjoys teaching singing and seeing the impact it has on individual and group wellbeing.
Ruth is passionate about the emotional, physical and social benefits of singing. She believes that everyone can sing, and that everyone probably should!
With over 40 years' experience of stage and theatre work, John joined our team in 2016 and currently leads our East Cowes SingAbout group on Thursdays. Professionally trained in singing, he formed and ran a youth theatre in his former Lancashire home town, appeared in over 80 shows and produced and directed amateur musicals in the Lancashire and Yorkshire region. He has performed in cabaret and sings with the Phoenix Choir on the Island.
Having moved to the Island some 12 years ago, he is aware of the benefits of singing and community and enjoys seeing the improvements and wellbeing the sessions bring to our participants.
Janice Thorn runs our monthly pop-up SingAbout sessions in Bembridge and Yarmouth, helping out at other sessions when required.
She trained as a music teacher and worked in schools on the mainland as well as abroad before settling on the island in 1997.
Before retiring from teaching, Janice taught music at Northwood Primary School and Watergate School. She currently sings with Cantata Choir and fully understands the power and benefit of group singing.
She likes to introduce a wide variety of material to her sessions and thoroughly enjoys working with the SingAbout groups.
Brenda trained in dance and voice in London, and became a George Mitchell Singer. She performed in The Black and White Minstrel Show, and later at the Casino du Liban, in Beirut.
Her music qualifications enabled her to teach in four continents from kindergarten, to university and teacher training. This is reflected in her compositions and recordings where she draws on dance themes, folk idioms and several instruments.
On the Isle of Wight she accompanies the Brighstone Belles Choir, plays in a recorder consort, joins with Sandy Kealty in the ukulele band and plays at the IoW Harp Festival. She also sings in the choir and sometimes plays the organ at St Peter's Church, Shorwell.
Brenda aims to share her joy in music and song so you experience a real lift after her SingAbout sessions.
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