Our Previous Events

Folk Songs from the British Isles, led by Chris Rowbury

Our first workshop since lockdown happened on 23 April 2022, and was a joy!  It was so lovely to be back.

Chris led us in traditional songs from all parts of the British Isles, arranged by him to produce wonderful harmonies.  We sang in some of the many languages  of the British Isles, which was also a treat!  Our trial new venue, Storey’s Field centre, was a lovely space to sing in, and we hope to be able to use it again.

Thanks to Chris (who was originally due to lead the workshop in the Autumn of 2020), and to all who attended.

A Singing Workshop with Brendan Taaffe

On 14 March 2020, we held a life-affirming workshop led by Brendan Taaffe. Our numbers were smaller than usual, because of the increasing threat from the Covid 19 virus, and we all brought a packed lunch, rather than our usual bring and share; nevertheless 30 or so of us sang songs of life and hope, and did our immune systems a great deal of good!  many thanks are due both to Brendan and to everyone who attended.

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A Winter Sing with Roger Jackson

On 11 January 2020, Roger Jackson made a welcome return to Cambridge to teach us some wintery and some not-so wintery songs he’d composed or arranged.  It was an absorbing and fun day. As one participant put it:

‘ This was without written music, just the words of the songs, so was taught by ear. There were lots of good singers there, and real joy. I found it good hard work focussing, and I really liked both the learning atmosphere and the original music, so hope to attend other similar workshops. (The lunch was shared dishes, which contributed to the conviviality.)’ 

Thanks to Roger and all who attended for a wonderful day.

The 2019 Christmas Busk…

…was very well attended by friends, families, and at least three dogs. The humans sang with gusto, and we raised almost £300 for Wintercomfort, the Cambridge chrity for the homeless.  many thanks to all who took part.

Harmony Singing Workshop with Ali Burns

On 2 March 2019, sixty of us, led by Ali Burns and Jennie Fisk, joined together to learn and sing some of Ali’s fine creations, including one hot off the press!  The harmonies were beautiful, and Ali’s and Jennie’s teaching together was seamless.  It’s a great thing that we can get so much enjoyment from a day and also raise some funds for Talking in Tune.  Thanks to Ali, Jennie, and all who attended.

The 2018 Christmas Busk…

…was wonderfully well attended by singers, friends and families who poured their energies into a whole range of carols and Christmas songs to raise money for Wintercomfort, the Cambridge charity for the homeless.  Those looking on are unlikely ever to forget our rendition of the twelve days of Christmas…

thanks to Jim for this beautiful image of the day:

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In October 2018, we sang for our lives, led by Kirsty Martin.

Kirsty taught us some of her latest songs of protest, passion and celebration featuring some glorious harmonies, and a good deal of laughter!

The B Naturals…

…visited us again to lead a workshop on 25 February.  Around 60 of us learned ‘Money, Money, Money’, ‘Celebration’, and ‘Heard it Through the Grapevine’, all arranged by the B Naturals, who rounded off the afternoon by singing us a few of their songs.  Having a teacher for each part is a treat, as was the wonderful bring and share cake break!

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The 2017 Christmas Busk…

…was a bumper occasion, with around 70 singers. We raised a very healthy sum for Wintercomfort, the Cambridge Charity for the homeless, and, as you can see below, had a great time doing it!

Sing Acapella with Bruce Knight

On the afternoon of 14 October 2017, around 50 of us, led by Bruce Knight, got together and learned and sang songs from a wide range of vocal traditions – from Sanskrit to Neil Young, from contemplative to energetic.  It was lovely to see some new faces this time, and to see how much we could achieve under Bruce’s guidance in such a short period of time.  Our thanks to him, and to everyone who came for another great workshop!

World Harmony Singing Workshop

Our World Harmony Singing Workshop took place on 25 March 2017, led by Brendan Taaffe.  We sang songs in traditional American harmony (early gospel), shape note style, from Zimbabwe, and Brendan’s own compositions.  It was a wonderfully relaxed day  producing lovely sounds, and our thanks go to Brendan for his good-humoured leadership of a lovely day.  Some feedback from participants:

‘Wonderful workshop yesterday – roll on the next time Brendan visits!’

 ‘I had a lovely time singing along and learning more about US song traditions.’

 ‘It was a really very good workshop. Perfectly paced, great teaching and I really enjoyed his explanations about the background to the songs. Fantastic day.’

All Aboard the Gospel Train!

Chris Rowbury led this one day gospel workshop on 1 October 2016.  Around 60 people came to learn and sing glorious gospel songs together, in three and four-part harmony.  We surprised ourselves by how much we learned, while also finding the time to enjoy a wonderful bring and share lunch.  Another enjoyable fundraiser for Talking in Tune;  many thanks to Chris and all who attended and sang with such gusto!

A Cappella Folk Feast

On 10 April 2016, led by Sally Davies, about fifty of us spent an afternoon learning and singing English Folk songs, in unison, harmony and rounds, amidst much concentration, laughter, and beautiful sounds.  This workshop, in common with all the others we run, has  raised funds to support Talking in Tune, so many thanks to Sally, and to all those who attended.

Stephen Taberner Workshop and Concert

On Saturday 10 October 2015, we enjoyed a bumper day of singing with Stephen Taberner.  In his workshop, attended by 60 people, we sang songs fom as far afield as Latvia and South Africa, and as you can see, a good time was had by all!

In the evening, Stephen, his double bass, Boadicea, his ukelele, Piglet, and his fellow Spooky Man, Callum, were in concert, supported by ReSound, the Cambridge a cappella choir.

Proceeds from both events go to Talking in Tune, to support our work.

Sing and Swim for Water 2015

sing and swim for water 2015

 The Talking in Tune Sing and Swim for WaterAid at Jesus Green Lido on 4 July 2015 raised  £2,420 for waterAid; enough to supply clean water for life to over 160 people in Ghana. Thanks to everyone who came, who donated, to everyone who helped, to the staff at the Lido, and to all the musicians and singers.
Happy swimming this summer!

April 2015 Gospel Workshop

On April 15th, we hosted a gospel singing workshop led by Michael Harper, accompanied by Abe Hampton on keyboard.  Sixty of us spent a wonderful afternoon singing glorious melodies and harmonies, and, incidentally, making some money for Talking in Tune!

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