Singing workshop with song-writer Ali Burns

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Angus Folk are delighted to welcome Ali Burns as a guest tutor for an full-day singing workshop in Forfar on Saturday, June 1.

The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. in St Margaret’s Church Hall.

Alison spends much of her time running workshops for singers and working with choirs where she has built her reputation teaching her own compositions.

Over the years many choirs and singing groups across Britain have commissioned pieces from her for special occasions and events, and include her work in their repertoire of favourite songs.

Exquisite harmonies and rich but simple text are the hallmark of her songs that are guaranteed to move and inspire you.

Alison said: “My work is all about people singing together in harmony. I love the way that singing can unburden you from daily life and it’s this that inspires my workshops and my song-writing. I write songs then I teach them at harmony singing workshops and perform them with choirs. I also publish the songs and arrangements I write. Many workshops I do are open to the public but I also get invited by existing choirs to go in and work with them – either to teach them new material or to work on vocal quality and technique. I also run workshops on writing work for community choirs. I’ve always been fascinated by the sound of voices singing: it doesn’t have to be a great voice – in fact quite the opposite – I think I’m inspired just by the fact that people’s voices are so closely connected to themselves and that they are prepared to stand up and sing – this is me – this is what I sound like!

“And when you put many voices together, the strong support the weak and the whole is such a magnificent thing – so much larger than the sum of the parts.”

Songs and singing styles from all over the world are a huge inspiration to Ali; she draws on them in her own writing and is constantly looking to bring that inspiration home and write songs that reflect her cultural heritage and life in Scotland. Registration for the day workshop will start at 9.30 a.m. on Saturday, June 1. To book a place call 07842 227202 or book online at www.angusfolk.org The cost (£20 or £15 for concessions and AF members) includes refreshments but not lunch.