Fri 4 Dec
The carol singing session tonight (Fri 4 Dec) has been postposned and will now take place tomorrow (Sat 5 Dec) at the EARLIER time of 6pm.
The full details for carol singing now have their own dedicated page in the members area
Mon 30 Nov
Woohoo, it's official! We are allowed to resume singing, once again with our Risk Assessment/Community Behaviour Agreement and Contact Tracing in place.
I will be leading a session at Wepre Park on Tusday 1 Dec at 2pm. Meet in the car park.
Dates and locations for carol singing will be issued soon, along with links to words to print and sound files of the 3 harmony songs.
Tues 24 Nov
I am monitoring the government announcements but am tentatively hopeful that we will be able to resume outdoor sessions once lockdown ends.
My current plan is to go back to Sunday morning sessions at the arches, Taize on Friday mornings and a Sacred Song sessions venue TBC on Saturday 12 Dec.
In addition there will be carol singing in various suburban locations on the following dates TBC by the end of the week;
Wed 2 Dec; Fri 4 Dec; Sat 5 Dec; Tue 8 Dec; Fri 11 Dec; Tue 15 Dec; Fri 18 Dec; Mon 21 Dec & Tue 22 Dec
I have been made aware that Welsh rules continue to differ from those in England so will look at those more closely to ensure there are singing opportunties for singers residing in Wales
Fri 13 Nov
SACRED SONG will be going ahead on zoom tomorrow at 2pm
Singers in Wales are invited to sing with me at Wepre Park at 10.30am this Sunday 15 Nov. Please contact me if you hope to come.
Sat 7 Nov
I think I thought I might do a zoom session tomorrow (Sunday) in place of our live sessions but right now I am feeling like I could do with the day off. So the next zoom will be Monday morning. Apologies if this is disappointing news. xx
Fri 6 Nov 2020
Morning all! Taize! I feel like I've dithered a bit too long about whether to run this on zoom today or not, so to be fair i AM going ahead for today.
I appreciate this doesn't appeal to everyone but for some its a 'better than nothing' option.
I'll be using the same access codes and links as usual for the Friday morning sessions. All welcome to join us from 10.15 for a 10.30 start
Topic: Taize Singing LIVE with Ella Speirs
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Live session Wednesday 4 November at 10.30am at the arches.
This session will also be on zoom using the Sunday link or connect here
Email sent Tuesday 3 Nov 2020
NO LIVE SINGING IN NOVEMBER FROM THURSDAY
So with the new lockdown rules I am suspending my outdoor LIVE sessions until December. I feel I have reached my capacity for now for navigating the rules and it feels easiest to just accept a break. I also feel I want to support the intention of a temporary period of minimum contact in the hope that reduces the prevalence of COVID and allows us to have more freedom after the lockdown. We shall see!
Meanwhile I will be continuing on zoom on Monday mornings and Thursday evenings, which are open to all singers. You are welcome to join with the camera off if you need to be getting on with other things and have me on in the background. We could see this as an opportunity to learn some new songs so we have even more to sing when we meet again! If you would like an extra zoom session each week do let me know. Sunday morning anyone?
LIVE SESSIONS AND CAROL SINGING IN DECEMBER
I am fully intending to lead LIVE sessions again in December, including some carol singing to bring some cheer to us all. Do let me know if you’re interested in this if you haven’t already done so.
LIVE SESSION THIS WEDNESDAY
Lastly, I will be leading a final hurrah tomorrow (Wednesday) morning for anyone who wishes to come, at the large arch between Saddlery Way and the Racecourse. There will be a mix of Taize and other songs. Do let me know, if you can, if you are hoping to come, but if you only know last minute its fine to come down anyway.
I am regularly tweaking and perfecting the website, especially the member’s area. This gives you access to over 200 song recordings and zoom links and updates on sessions. To join, click the little red person icon on the website and sign up. I will then authorise your membership and you’re in! Soon I will be adding a ‘latest news’ section so you can check there for up to date information about singing opportunities. The website is
I am aware that Wales is just emerging from lockdown and the rules do allow for grups to meet for live singing. I would be happy to meet with a group over the border (I am permitted to travel to Wales for work) if there is call for it. So do let me know if you live in Wales and would be interested. This would be outdoors.