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and join a choir!

Soundbytes

3- and 4-part singing working towards concert performances. 

Tuesdays 7.30-9.30 pm

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Songworks

Harmony singing together
for fun

Thursdays 7.30-9 pm

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Our next concert ...

SOUNDBYTES SUMMER SING
Friday 8th July, 8pm
in support of The Besom in Ashtead
Elizabeth Green Hall, Manor House School, Little Bookham, Leatherhead, KT23 4EN

Doors open at 7pm, Bar available. 
Book FREE tickets via Eventbrite here

What people say...

"It's so lovely to be part of Soundbytes, you're such a friendly, welcoming and talented group. I feel I’m picking up more of the detail now  - it's multitasking at its finest. Thank heavens you're there to pull it all together ‘on the night'". Annie H

"It has been so good to return to the choir again this term - it was like being wrapped up in a warm blanket of friendship and fun. It was good chatting to people who have just joined- they all remarked how good it was to join a choir where people made them feel welcome and were not cliquey - that is a really great comment on Soundbytes and your leadership. Great turnout for the concert and money raised for charity was excellent".  Linda M

"I enjoyed last night’s Soundbytes session. It took my mind off other things and helped to cheer me up some".  Peter

Join one of Hazel’s choirs

Learn great songs, new and familiar, with harmonies or in unison, from Pop to Folk, from choral to World music.
 
No auditions and no need to read music. Learning tracks available where appropriate.
 

New term starting in April. 

For more details on which set of sessions will suit you, or for any questions not covered below, please contact Hazel at


Virtual Choir Videos created by Hazel.

Workplace-From-Home Virtual Choir led by Hazel Hannam

This video was musically mixed and edited by Hazel with the video being added and synced by CIPD.
 

What people say...

"Thank you Hazel for a lovely singing session. It’s so good to see each other and to keep singing with each other.” Catherine, Epsom
 
Thank you for all your hard work, Hazel. The songs you’ve chosen have lifted my spirits. I know it’s not the same as being in the same room, but you’ve managed to make this a new and different experience.” Michael, Ashtead
 
"Thank you, Hazel, for keeping me going during lockdown. It’s been such a difficult time but our Thursday evenings have been an absolute highlight of each week. It’s given me something to look forward to and kept me sane. Thank you for all the effort you must’ve put into making our zoom sessions so enjoyable!” Lisa, Ashtead
 
I’ve loved singing at the top of my voice, knowing that no-one else can hear me! Amazing choice of songs - it’s been such fun. Thank you.” Kerry, Surbiton


All together now...

"My aim is to reveal the individual’s unique, powerful and natural singing voice but to do so in an informal and fun atmosphere. I believe anyone who wants to sing, can.”

Singing, it seems, is a gift.  We discovered melody even before we learned to speak. The first sounds we made using "dadada" and "rrr" enabled us to create our own communicative environment. Father or mother may have joined in later and rocked us to sleep while singing or humming a melody.  This gift remains with us throughout our lives, we sing in grief and in joy, when we are alone or in the company of others.  People with severe dementia are frequently unable to recognise their own family, but they remember songs from their childhood, humming the melodies or even singing entire verses faultlessly. Our memories and emotions are linked to these songs.

Singing brings people together.

Singing in a group releases endorphins which studies show counteract the harmful stress hormone cortisol, allowing our immune systems to keep us healthy in body and in mind. When we sing together, we breathe together and there is strong evidence to suggest that not only does singing lower heart rates, our hearts even beat in time with each other..! Now there's a thought.

I run choirs in the community, the workplace and hold singing workshops.

What people say...

 "I wasn't sure how much 'sing along' you would get but it was amazing. You are always coming up with new ideas - it's very exciting, challenging and fun being part of Soundbytes!"

"What a wonderful concert! My husband and I were swept away with the standard of singing.  The Hallelujah Chorus was amazing and Soundbytes under your guidance can be extremely proud of this performance.   Well done Hazel.  Please pass on our congratulations to all for creating a WOW factor."


I was not sure if I could sing as I haven’t sung in a choir since school, but  I have loved learning our songs and we have had such a good laugh together with Hazel”

Have you been thinking about joining a choir..?
2 different types of choirs to suit 2 different types of singer!



Are you interested in having a choir at your place of work?

Would you like to form a choir within your community or leisure group?

Would you like to attend a Singing Workshop?

Would you like your choir to have a singing workshop?

Contact Hazel to find out more details.



Everyone can sing. Everyone needs to.

It’s a matter of Life and Breath.