FAQs

Jessa with her hands at the sides of her mouth, calling out to a theatre audience.
“Come and join us!”…..Jessa captured by Michael Oakes at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

Do I need to be a fantastic singer? No, not at all. Jessa enjoys welcoming singers of all levels of experience to her groups. Some are very experienced, others less so – all are welcomed and encouraged to enjoy singing together.

Do I need to be able to read music? No. For the online sessions, all songs are taught by ear, with lyrics provided. In real life community singers sessions, music is sometimes used, but plenty of support is given and all the parts gone over by ear too – there is no expectation of being able to just pick up a piece of music and sing it!

I was told I couldn’t sing when I was younger. Could I still join? DEFINITELY! Jessa is very much of the “everyone can sing” school of singing and encourages every one to find and enjoy their own voice. Nobody is auditioned or judged.

Do I have to pay for a whole term? No, not at all. You can try one session for free and, after that, you can either pay for a block of sessions or pay each week, whatever suits you best. There is no need to commit to a long term payment schedule.

What kind of songs would we sing? In Singing For All, the songs are mainly in unison, and are well-known songs from the 50s/60s/70s, songs from shows, even traditional songs – an extremely wide range. SFA don’t “rehearse” songs as such – they sing lots of songs in the session, just for fun. The songs for Community Singers are also wide-ranging, and may include pop songs from the 60s to the present day, folk songs, songs from around the world, simple rounds, and there will be 2 or 3 parts to choose from so we can make beautiful harmonies together.

Who can come to the sessions? Absolutely anyone aged 16 to 116. (Jessa also runs youth choirs for those under 16!)

What do I do if I want to try a session? Just contact Jessa using the contact form and she will get back to you with details of the next session you can take part in.