Reflection, Spirit


I’ve had such a beautiful weekend learning songs from across the globe at the wonderful Singfest. After being blown away by the event last year I decided to go along again and indulge in some gorgeous group singing.

Anna Tabbush started by teaching a song using the words that are written on the Patcham Pylon, the archway that you drive past on the way to Brighton. The song was taught in a stunning reflection to the current refugee crisis. It really set the tone for the rest of the weekend.

Hail guest, we ask not what thou art.

If friend, we greet thee hand and heart.

If stranger, such no longer be.

If foe, our love shall conquer thee.

Hannah Rose Tristram worked her magic again this year teaching our group a song in Arabic. Both times I have attended Hannah Rose’s workshops I have been moved to tears because the songs are so incredibly beautiful. Her teaching style is so graceful and songs are like giving your soul a great big warm hug , it is such a pleasure to participate in.

Polina Skovoroda-Shepherd taught 2 Russian folk songs. Her voice is just immense – so brilliant. She had such a fantastic laid back teaching style that really challenged my usual structured learning style. I didn’t fully know what was going on but she had this great ability of pulling everything together and the group created such an awesome sound. This was probably my favourite performance piece. The other two workshops lead by Laura and Lester were also brilliant.

On the Saturday evening I took part in a Ceilidh which was such great fun and helped warm me up – it was flipping freezing. After that I played 2 songs at the open mic night and got such a lovely response. I go through phases of loosing my confidence with singing and performing so it was a really great experience to have people come up to me over the rest of the weekend telling me how much they enjoyed my voice and performance. I then sat around the campfire singing songs and hanging out with my old house mate Tristan Seume.

I enjoyed that I went on my own, meeting new people, bumping in to old friends and spending time on my own. I’m learning that when in a group setting I’m comfortable not interacting with people if I don’t feel like it and similarly feel comfortable asking to join complete strangers if I fancy some company- great India practice.

So I’m feeling completely nourished creatively, my self esteem is dancing and am feeling super chilled and at peace with myself. Yummy delicious weekend – I highly recommend Singfest to everyone

If you fancy experiencing the wonder of Hannah Rose Tristram then she is leading a workshop for me on 17th October for my Creative HeART event – more on that in another post.

Lots of Love ♥

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  • Sandrine September 7, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Hi there,
    Great paper, totally in phase with what I felt.
    I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your songs at the open mic! In fact you were my favorite!
    Keep singing x

  • Lesley September 7, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Ah that is so lovely – thank you very much.
    Huge love to you xxx

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