Sing Together with Neil Johnson (Wayward Choral Society)

When a group of people sing together all their heartbeats synchronise. We invite you to join in that experience in a fun, accessible workshop.

This session is for everyone; for those who are confident singers and for those who are less so. If you’re someone who, once upon a time, suffered being told they couldn’t sing, then this session is for you to reclaim your right to your own voice. All abilities and levels of experience welcome – we are voice-positive!

We’ll have a gentle warm up, play some games and then learn a song in harmony. You don't need to be able to read music as it will all be taught by ear. If you’ve never sung in a group before, don’t worry: you’ll be guided through the process step by step, and you must just be amazed by what you can achieve.

So come and sing together. Humans have sung together since they were on this planet, bonding communities tight. Guaranteed to release endorphins and create a shared, happy buzz.

Neil Johnson is a musician and sound artist who creates scores for theatre, film, video games and inter-disciplinary works. When not making music himself, he helps others to make it, facilitating shared musical experiences. He is passionate about music as a fundamental means of human connection which can bring about well-being, self-esteem, collaboration and shared joy.

Neil delivers vocal workshops in such settings as Womad, Winter House, Bath Festival and Haus of Fluff as well as many schools, colleges and community groups. He has composed for various clients including BBC and Scottish Opera and has taught sound design at Bristol University for the past 15 years. He’s performed all over the world including SXSW in Austin, Texas, Glastonbury and Singapore National Theatre. He’s played in many bands, notably Angel Tech for the last two decades, and is working on a new solo album.

Wayward Choral Society, led by Neil, is a voice-positive, sex-positive, LGBTQI+ and allies choir which meets monthly in London and fortnightly in Bristol. It’s a very friendly group and is open for new members (and first session is free!).

Adam Taffler