Jessa leads a wide range of singing groups, all with an encouraging, welcoming and informal style. No special skills are required, as Jessa’s believes that everyone can sing and enjoy the many benefits of singing, no matter what their experience or skill level. The emphasis is very much on enjoyment and well being. In these times of Covid-19 related restrictions, Jessa’s online sessions have been opened up and are available to enjoy from home, wherever you are!
COMMUNITY SINGERS – uplifting online sessions available
Jessa’s community choirs cover a wide range of songs, from world music to musical theatre, classic pop songs to light-hearted rounds and mash-ups, singing in simple 2 or 3 part harmony. Whatever your singing experience(or none!), you will be welcomed and encouraged.
“Community Singers Online” sessions take place on Wednesdays at 7pm via zoom. The atmosphere is uplifting and friendly, with singers learning songs together from a range of styles, with simple harmonies. Jessa uses looping and pre-recorded multi-part tracks to give more of a choir feel and to help those not used to singing on their own! For most of the session (except for questions and the virtual tea break), mics are muted due to latency, and cameras are optional. For the more camera shy, you can even join sessions with your camera off, as long as you let Jessa know in advance.
Sessions are £5, and can be paid for individually or in blocks to suit. There is no need to commit to a whole term, or make any monthly financial commitment. There are some free places available for anyone struggling financially – please get in touch with Jessa in strictest confidence.
Please get in touch with Jessa if you are interested in taking part or want to try a session out with no strings.
SINGING FOR ALL – online sessions available
Singing For All was set up in 2017 as a dementia friendly singing group, but in reality it has been a lifeline for people with a range of physical and mental health conditions – and none! More than a singing group – a group of supportive friends, always ready to listen, or just be there.
The in person groups meet up in Easingwold and York, but currently the Singing For All sessions are running online – with a You Tube live session on Mondays at 11am and a zoom session on Tuesdays at 11am. These sessions are open to anyone and are a great way to connect with others and enjoy a good sing. If anyone would like to take part, get in touch here.
The in person Singing For All sessions are based very much around an informal singalong, tea, cake, and a raffle, but the Singing For All groups got together in February 2020 to perform at York Barbican as part of Big Ian’s “A Night to Remember” – the feeling when the 1500-strong audience got on their feet and cheered for Singing For All will be remembered long after the memory has faded.
ONE-OFF WORKSHOPS AND THEMED SESSIONS
Jessa’s one-off singing workshop sessions are very popular, and range from themed sessions on specific pieces of music, e.g.” Come and Sing Mamma Mia”, “Sing The Beatles” or “Classic Musicals”, to more general workshops based around basic vocal technique and the enjoyment of singing together in simple harmony.
Get in touch if you would like to book a session for your club, event, or group of friends – available online via zoom, You Tube or Facebook Live or, when restrictions allow, in person with full Covid-safe risk assessment and safety procedures.
YORK MILITARY WIVES CHOIR
If you have a military connection and love singing, get in touch with York Military Wives Choir about joining their friendly group.
CHOIRS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Jessa has worked with school and youth choirs for the past 25 years, and is currently running online choirs for York Music Hub.