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From: Anna Tabbush <anna_at_annatabbush_dot_com>
Date: 15 February 2012 12:20:59 GMT
To: SEFAN <admin.sefan_at_ntlworld_dot_com>
Subject: Spring Sing

Community Vox Presents

Spring Sing

G Live Studio, London Road, Guildford GU1 2AA

Saturday 31st March 2012

9am-5pm and 7-10pm

A day of singing workshops for everyone who enjoys a good sing. The day will comprise of
three singing workshops by three accomplished and diverse singing workshop leaders: Bulgarian singer Dessislava Stefanova (director of the London Bulgarian Choir), Gospel singer Gail Windrass (director of Luton Gospel Community Choir) and English folk singer Anna Tabbush (director of Guildford Vox Community Choir). To round off this uplifting day of song we have an evening’s participatory performance by Zimbabwean singing/dancing/drumming troupe U’Zambezi Arts

The event is supported by Guildford Borough Council so we can offer this full day of singing for the amazing price of £30. You can book to attend the workshops only for £25 and the evening only for £12. Tickets are selling fast so book now at

The workshops are aimed at anyone who enjoys a good sing. There is no age limit and no previous experience of singing is necessary. All music will be taught by ear so you don’t need to know how to sight read to participate.

If you have any questions about the event please contact Anna either by email: anna_at_annatabbush_dot_com or by phoning her on 01483 300194.


The Artists

Anna Tabbush is an folk singer with her roots in English traditions. She has taught sea shanties, ballads and ditties to audiences of all ages and abilities across the country. Anna currently directs Guildford Vox Community Choir, a choir of roughly seventy singers which she has run for the past 6 years. Anna has also established six other community choirs across the south east, three of which are still running under new leaders. Expect hearty, uplifting songs in luscious harmony taught by an energetic and encouraging leader!

In this fun workshop led by Dessislava Stefanova, participants will have a  chance to plunge into this rich living tradition. They will be  introduced to the basic techniques of voice production and special vocal effects (like shaking and hiccoughing) used in Bulgarian singing. They will learn fun Bulgarian songs in two and three-part harmony (though  discordance might  be a better word). Suitable for all who want to make a noise. Dessislava Is founder and leader of  the London Bulgarian Choir.

Gospel music is a music of celebration and joy! You’ll be familiar with songs like “Oh Happy Day” and “Lean on Me”. Well now is your chance to get involved and SING OUT Gospel Style! Gail Windrass has been leading Gospel Choirs for the past 8 years. She is an accomplished singer and community musician, with a keen interest in making Gospel Music more accessible to the wider world. One of her most notable achievements is the setup of the Luton Gospel Community Choir - now in its 9th year.

U'Zambezi Arts are a UK based arts ensemble that specialise in art forms from southern Africa. The group’s membership is drawn from composers, songwriters, dance and music practitioners, consultants and arts event managers brought together by a love for what they do that they are so very proud to share.Past performances include prestigious venues like the JFK Centre in Washington DC, Opera de Paris, Ronnie Scotts in London and at the Brisbane City Hall in Australia. Some member’s CVs and profiles include performing for such dignitaries as Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II amongst others. U’Zambezi Arts will be sharing their music and dance in this “participatory performance” in which audience members can sing, drum and dance to the uplifting rhythms and luscious harmonies which characterise the music of southern Africa.

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The finale of the whole project will be performed at
The Hawth, Crawley on Friday March 2nd 2012.

Come along to hear music from the participants / the 1st piece, composed Summer 2011 and the brand new major piece created cooperatively

by Robert Jarvis, the core musicians and the community musicians taking part in the project.

Tickets £10 / child £5  Box Office:  Telephone Bookings: 01293 553636

Supported by

Arts                       Council EnglandCrawley Borough Council
in association with The Hawth, the Celtic & Irish Cultural Society and the Gurjar Hindu Union in Crawley
Project Leader: Adam Bushell at: crosscurrents_at_f2s_dot_com


Penny Allen  -  General Manager

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