Welcome to the Singing it Back website.
Offering weekly choirs on zoom, 1:1 vocal lessons & support for other choirs ANYWHERE in the world. Some wonderful feedback, some wonderful people. Building a voice and a connection in any room. Take a look around the website, the workshops & concerts area, the weekly vlog, our podcast, and let’s collaborate.
Who are we?
Founder and choir leader Mary Bourne. About me.
Passionate about music, communities, the voice, rivers, stories and songs. I’ve been told I can ‘build a connection in any room’ which is rather lovely praise. Singing it back was established in 2008 in memory of my Mum who once said I would “make my voice useful”. In 2021 I certainly think she would be proud, having now worked with 1000s of voices all across the world.
1:1 vocal work
1:1 singing lessons on zoom. £30 per hour. Includes singing technique, song writing skills, performance technique. I have Trained with Vocal Process Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher. Embodima traingin with Nicola Harrison (Kinaesthetic Motor Imagery for training singers). Vocal health First Aid qualified (Vocal Health Education). I have worked with young singers, changing voices and adult voices. I have also worked with patients with long term lung conditions.
Zoom Choir March 2021
We will once again be offering a 5 week choir programme on Zoom for March. Bookings are now open for the following 5 week series March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th.
We will be welcoming some fabulous names from the world of music as we literally have the world at our fingertips whilst on zoom. You can join us from ANYWHERE and we can invite other leaders who we know will inspire, teach and develop your musical skills whilst fitting in with our ethos of inclusivity. Harmony will always remain a priority and you’ll be in the safe and experienced hands of our leader Mary as well as Pete Churchill, and Matthew Finch. Each week will be a different leader bringing their own wealth of knowledge. It’s going to be fabulous and anyone is welcome. We are a very well established group of like minded, kind, friendly, welcoming people. You will be made to feel at home. Read some of the testimonials below and as always feel free to email with any questions. Payment for the March programme will be by bank transfer or paypal once we have received your email of interest.
You can book your place by email. Cost £50 for all five sessions or contact us to enquire around each workshop in isolation at £15 each.
Testimonials & Feedback
Thank you so much for coming along and being a guest at my session with The Great Day Choir. My members haven’t stopped talking about it this week, ear wormed by the catchy melody of your song “Do You Hear My Voice?” We loved the approach you took to teaching us the parts, gradually building up our confidence and layering up the harmonies, in such a quick space of time, using your loop pedal. I’ve even had a couple of members go away and write their own songs inspired your work. Thanks again and hope we can have you back again! ~ Great Day Choir, Bristol
Thank you so much again for such a wonderful session yesterday – I know our members enjoyed it so much. Your energy was infectious and inspiring. You’re absolutely right about the members embracing change and I’m so happy that they welcomed you so whole-heartedly and got so much out of the session. The song-writing collaboration segment was also very meaningful in allowing the group to connect, share ideas and think a little more deeply about the ordinary things that give our lives so much significance, joy and meaning during this tough time. We would love to have you back sometime soon, either on zoom or in person, and look forward to potential future collaborations with your choir in more normal times. ~ London International Gospel Choir.
Singing it Back offers weekly adult choirs (currently on zoom). 1:1 voice work, singing workshops, creative retreats, original compositions and sheet music, virtual choir projects, events & concerts. Get in touch from anywhere in the world and let’s collaborate!
A testimonial to be very proud of from a recent zoom workshop I ran for the London International Gospel Choir! You can read it here
Choir March 2021
We will be running a 5 week zoom choir programme March 2nd – March 30th. Jam PACKED with visiting musicians and choir leaders. Full details will be publicised and bookings will be available mid February. Register your interest here
Choir SPRING 2021
We will once again be running our choir on zoom during the new lockdown restrictions. 6 week project Tuesday 12th Jan – Tuesday 16th Feb 2021. We will be working towards two virtual choir videos to be aired at a Virtual Choir show on Feb 28th raising money for AnxietyUK.
To book a place email email@example.com
Cost £54 to include all resources and inclusion in the virtual choir package and final cut.
Left without a choir?
I am currently able to offer to create a choir or workshop for those wishing to sing. Some choirs have been unable to return to singing and the foreseeable future during the current Covid conditions means that singing IS still possible, from the comfort of your own home. One of the positives of lockdown is that I can travel the world without jet lag and bring the joy of music, choirs and creativity into your workplace or home at the touch of a button. My own choir projects have run successfully and have been a lifeline for many since March 2020. I’m now ready to spread my wings and fly to your rescue! I’m currently collaborating with choir leaders across the country and indeed the world! Do get in touch if you’d like to work with me. firstname.lastname@example.org
2021 choirs will remain online. We are currently offering one weekly choir on zoom.
1:1 singing lessons on zoom. £30 per hour. Includes singing technique, song writing skills, performance technique. Check for current available slots.
Tuesday Evening Mixed Voice Choir Click here for details.
Thursday Evening Ladies Only Choir click here for details
Our weekly choirs are run on a termly basis.
Spring term Jan – Mar
Summer term April – July
Autumn term Sept – Dec
Bespoke Workshops can be arranged. Email for availability.
Happy Family Camp 2020 Weekend
Happy Family Camp 2020 Weekend
17-19July 2020. Bookings from Feb 2020.
Saturday only day passes are available upon request.
Advance booking ONLY
Email email@example.com to book your place.
“Do You Hear My Voice?”
“Do you hear my voice?” launch for Action for Happiness and AnxietyUK. Get involved and help us create a happier, healthier tomorrow by supporting our campaign for AnxietyUK and Action for Happiness. The song is just a click away and with a bit of practice, you’ll be singing it in no time.
On Nov 13th 2017, World Kindness Day, Our founder Mary Bourne proudly launched our worldwide campaign. She is delighted to share the music for her composition “Do you hear my voice” to any choir, school or individual in exchange for a voluntary donation to her two chosen charities. Together we can raise our voices for a happier healthier tomorrow. You can get involved, and it’s very easy. Take a look at the video below and find more details here.
Singing is a great way to make friends, boosts self-esteem and confidence and it’s fun! There’s no audition to join one of our weekly choirs and non-music readers are more than welcome, with our teaching style fully inclusive regardless of musical background.
Singing is a way of binding communities together, but most of all it’s fun to work together and be part of a singing group rather than singing alone. Singing allows for shared emotion, it’s a fabulous ‘ice breaker’, an aerobic activity lowering blood pressure and raising endorphins. With so many benefits and so many songs to sing, there’s never a dull moment!
What songs do we sing?
We don’t tend to cover traditional choral pieces and try to have a mixed repertoire from Classical to Pop to Gospel, Folk and Jazz. New songs are started each term so beginners are always welcome.
We tend to cover songs in 3 or 4 part harmony and in our weekly groups are able to build upon the material each week and have something very satisfying to show at the end of the term. If you’ve wondered what it feels like to sing in a choir, then join one of our groups and find out for yourself.
Why not get in touch and pop along to a weekly rehearsal to see if you’d like to join us for a term?
If you have a group and would like to arrange a workshop for team building in the workplace or community, we’d love to hear from you to see how we can best meet your needs.
Call Singing it Back on 0208 549 2926 or email firstname.lastname@example.org