Footsteps Festival 2021

Step Into Singing Block Three

26/10/2021
Step Into Singing is a series of online singing workshops run by Opera North in collaboration with the Footsteps Festival 2021 – designed especially for people living with persistent pain.
The next block starts Tuesday 26th October 12.00 BST!
“The warm up exercises definitely enhance the benefits and last time I was aware that my pain levels significantly reduced about half an hour into the session.”

Developed in consultation with people with lived experience of persistent pain and specialist clinicians, Step Into Singing sessions intend to help you live well despite pain and discover the fun and freedom that singing can bring.  You’ll learn breathing techniques, mindfulness, vocal exercises and songs from a wide range of genres – all carefully crafted to support wellbeing and give you a healthy dose of joy!

Led by opera singer, Marie Claire Breen, Step Into Singing will be a warm and welcoming place for everyone, whether you already love to sing or never utter a note. Taking place in the comfort and privacy of your own home, all you need to join is an online device (smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer) and the willingness to give it a go. You might be surprised by what you can achieve under Marie Claire’s expert, friendly guidance.

The next block of free weekly sessions will begin on Tuesday 26th October at 12.00 GMT

To sign up simply click the Book Now button which will take you to the Opera North website so follow the steps to create an Opera North account and book your FREE place. If you have previously booked for Step Into Singing you will stay signed up.

All resources needed will be provided online during the sessions. If you have any questions at all please contact lifelonglearning@operanorth.co.uk

The sessions in next block will be fun, joyful and full of hilarity – they’ve promised me (Niki) some Gilbert and Sullivan, we will try some three part rounds and build on our previous skills and learning – but worry  not if you are new! We will hopefully sing some Gospel songs and with Christmas coming up so soon – expect festive fun! We hope that something very exciting will be happening at the END of the block – so save the date on 14th December as well…

The next sessions will be on Zoom at 12.00pm GMT on these dates:

Tuesday 26th October
Tuesday 2nd Nov
Tuesday 9th Nov
Tuesday 16th Nov
Tuesday 23rd Nov
Tuesday 30th Nov
Tuesday 7th Dec

(hopefully 14th Dec as well)

Please press this button to go to the Opera North website to sign up! (if you signed up for the September sessions you are already signed up)

or email lifelonglearning@operanorth.co.uk

Book for Step into Singing

 

Feedback from the first two blocks of Step Into Singing from participants

“I really enjoy how Marie Claire guides us through the session. She is so welcoming and cheery and obviously enjoys helping others enjoy singing.”

“The warm up exercises definitely enhance the benefits and last time I was aware that my pain levels significantly reduced about half an hour into the session.”

“It’s also so good to be in a group.”

“I’m loving the sessions. Thanks to everyone involved!”

“I’m personally very surprised at how its making me feel so much more confident in myself, mostly in being able to sing in front of others which is something I’ve found almost phobic level hard – and it brings me much joy which lasts for longer than the day!”

“I love these singing lessons, even though I’m deaf/blind I find it easy to follow as everyone is muted. My stress levels drop which automatically reduces my pain level. The breathing and vocal exercises are not too challenging so induce a feeling of calm. Then to finish of the chance of learning a new song. Such an enjoyable way to spend an hour.”

“With Marie Claire’s energy and warmth combined with the movements whilst working out your vocal chords etc, it can’t help but bring out the child in you. I very much enjoy the rounds as well.”

“I enjoy singing and this targeted programme has allowed me to feel comfortable singing with others without needing to be so concerned about my occasional involuntary spasms. Muting certainly helps in allowing extra freedom. A big plus also is that I think you can benefit and enjoy it whatever level of ability you have. Superb!”

“This is fabulous really helping my joint pain reduce and I really love singing the high notes especially now I’ve discovered it’s an abs workout as well!”

“The distraction is great for my joint pain too. I have hEDS.”

“Found myself actually being able to enjoy this without feeling self-conscious”

“At the beginning I couldn’t stand but now I’m up!”

“Physically feeling looser and warmer.”

“The confidence Ive got from Step into Singing has even translated into how confident I feel on my bike! Its marvellous, though I’m not sure how ready the outside world is for my ragged gasps of “Toreador” as I grind up the hills!”

 

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