Tutor: Celia Webb
After spending years forcing her friends to learn harmonies round the dinner table (before feeding them), Celia began to get requests to create ‘Instant Choirs’ out of unsuspecting conference or party guests.
Now, as an active member of the ‘Natural Voice Practitioners Network’ she leads two permanent, open, inclusive Natural Voice community singing groups with some original members still coming after 20 years. She believes passionately in creating non-judgemental supportive spaces for people to experience letting out the voice they have, their ‘Natural Voice’ – joining with others, and realising what an incredible, moving, joyful, powerful, harmonious sound they can make!!
“She brings a particular blend of light-heartedness and depth in her teaching that creates an atmosphere of informality and support, providing an inclusive and accessible way for anyone to participate in glorious harmony singing whatever their musical knowledge, skill or talent. The ethos is one of community-building through shared singing and allowing people to ‘find their own voice’.”
She has encountered and trained with many highly regarded voice and performance experts, including Enrique Pardo, Frankie Armstrong, Kristin Linklater, Phillip Zarilli, Song of the Goat and Gardzienice Theatres, as well as many traditional singers from Brittany, Sweden and Wales and of course the wonderful comrades of the Natural Voice Community.
Celia also runs a variety of one-off workshops such as ‘Singing for the Terrified’, Seasonal Wassails, Carolling, ‘Wild Singing’, ‘Age Positive Singing for Wellbeing’, Natural Voice Sessions for established choirs, Voice technique for theatre and performance including circus; and as the ‘Voice Ninja’ with the ground-breaking ‘InspireMe’ company she offers highly effective corporate team-building and voice care with business and charity professionals.
“It was easy to relax and feel completely supported by your expertise”
In recent years, Celia has been leading singing holidays and teaching abroad. She is lucky enough to escape the British Winter and run groups in the extraordinary eco-tourist destination, La Maison Anglaise Guest House, Taroudant, nestled in the Sous Plain between the High Atlas and Anti-Atlas Mountains in Morocco.
Her past work includes inventing creative voice play and singing programmes for children and adults with special needs, depression or mental health issues as well as university drama students. She also ran Cardiff’s only ‘Singing for the Brain’ sessions for people with dementia and their carers for 5 years, all whilst performing as a member of the sassy ‘Fanfare of Strumpets’, a talented female a cappella group specialising in the singing of eclectic repertoire and the wearing of fabulous frocks..!
As a member of the Sing for Water Cardiff team, Celia has been a part of organising huge massed choir Sing For Water concerts in Cardiff Bay in 2015 and 2017 (watch this space for the next event!) thus far, raising well over £75k for projects with WaterAid.
For more information about Celia Webb and her work, go to her web site www.singplicity.org
“Once again I had a complete blast! Your flexible approach was spot on, this ensured that you met the needs of the group. I will definitely join you again!” Jane