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Leeds People Choir course timetables

Brief description

Join a friendly, mixed-voice, broadly secular choir-welcoming all who wish to sing songs of joy, struggle, liberation, celebration and peace from around the world. No auditions required and new people are welcome to try the first two sessions free.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

Open to newcomers at any time. Choir members and choir leader always endeavour to make newcomers welcome.

Course description in brief

Weekly choir sessions this term have a range of aims:

1. To develop skills and understanding in the use of the voice as an instrument of communication in song

2. To develop confidence and skills in harmony singing

3. To develop technical and artistic skills in performance

4. To maintain and develop group work and a group identity through singing

What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

Objectives relating to the above aims:

a) Learning and practising vocal warm-ups

b) Learning and practising vocal / singing technique

c) Learning and practicing diverse choral material

d) Learning and practising collaborative and mutually supportive part singing techniques

e) Practicing material in preparation for performance

f) Polishing material and performance style

g) Performing in public (as invited)

h) Optional choir residential weekend

Choir session format – each week follows a similar format:

– Welcome and physical warm up

– Basic technique tips

– Warm up song – known round or other suitable

– Detailed look at a song or songs which are new or less well known

– Group discussion or feedback

– Break

– Further study of earlier song/s, or introduction of new song/s

– Final closing song, usually well-known

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

To turn up each week, on time, prepared to take part in the activities offered.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

We have termly meetings to discuss material, and raise any issues

Teaching tips offered throughout.     

How will I say what I think about the course?

There will be group discussion or feedback during each session You will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form sometime during the course

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
S628 2 Wednesday 7:30pm – 9:30pm 13 Sep 2017 to 11 Jul 2018 (35 weeks) One Off £45.00 (funder_code:S)

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.