WHAT HAVE WE BEEN DOING?

"Sing in the Park" for Naturally Healthy May

May 2021

As lockdown eased, we organised a Covid-safe session in the local park for members of the Duryard Songwriting Project, and anyone else who wished to join us. As the song we had written was all about nature and Spring, it was wonderful to sing it in the environment which had inspired us, even if we had to dodge the rain clouds! This session was supported by Active Devon as part of their Naturally Healthy May campaign.

"Sing in the Park" for Naturally Healthy May

May 2021

As lockdown eased, we organised a Covid-safe session in the local park for members of the Duryard Songwriting Project, and anyone else who wished to join us. As the song we had written was all about nature and Spring, it was wonderful to sing it in the environment which had inspired us, even if we had to dodge the rain clouds! This session was supported by Active Devon as part of their Naturally Healthy May campaign.

Duryard Songwriting Project

March to April 2021

The Duryard Songwriting Project was designed to bring together the community in a remote part of Exeter, in a creative way, while we were in lockdown. We met online, but were able to create bonds and friendships that could transfer to “real life” as Covid restrictions eased. Our chosen theme was Spring, particularly as it was experienced in Duryard and during the pandemic. At the end of the project we held an online celebration of Spring, inviting friends and family. It was commissioned by Exeter Northcott Theatre as part of their Get Creative programme.

“We’ve all really enjoyed the project. Thank you to you, I can’t believe you have got me to record myself singing – never thought that would happen!”​

Duryard Songwriting Project

March to April 2021

The Duryard Songwriting Project was designed to bring together the community in a remote part of Exeter, in a creative way, while we were in lockdown. We met online, but were able to create bonds and friendships that could transfer to “real life” as Covid restrictions eased. Our chosen theme was Spring, particularly as it was experienced in Duryard and during the pandemic. At the end of the project we held an online celebration of Spring, inviting friends and family. It was commissioned by Exeter Northcott Theatre as part of their Get Creative programme.

“We’ve all really enjoyed the project. Thank you to you, I can’t believe you have got me to record myself singing – never thought that would happen!”​

Lockdown Songwriting Project

June to July 2020

At the height of the pandemic, I worked with a small group of strangers, from all over the country, through a series of online sessions. Together we wrote and recorded a song and video about our experiences of the Covid-19 lockdown. Participants said they found the process both enjoyable and cathartic during those troubled times. The video shows the results! 

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for letting me be a part of this. If we’ve achieved nothing else in lockdown, we’ve made something special!”

Lockdown Songwriting Project

June to July 2020

At the height of the pandemic, I worked with a small group of strangers, from all over the country, through a series of online sessions. Together we wrote and recorded a song and video about our experiences of the Covid-19 lockdown. Participants said they found the process both enjoyable and cathartic during those troubled times. The video shows the results! 

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for letting me be a part of this. If we’ve achieved nothing else in lockdown, we’ve made something special!”

If Walls Could Talk

March to July 2014

This was an oral history project rather than songwriting, but I hope to combine the two in the future! “If Walls Could Talk” focused on peoples’ memories of the buildings in the Park District, Weymouth. I held workshops, memory sessions and one to one interviews with elderly residents, and gathered information online from people who had moved away from the area. A key focus of the project was to help reduce social isolation and to increase a sense of pride in the local community. At the end of the project, we held a 1950s themed tea party to celebrate and gave guided tours of the area, led by a local character actor. We also produced a booklet containing the stories and memories we uncovered, which you can download here, for free.

If Walls Could Talk

March to July 2014

This was an oral history project rather than songwriting, but I hope to combine the two in the future! “If Walls Could Talk” focused on peoples’ memories of the buildings in the Park District, Weymouth. I held workshops, memory sessions and one to one interviews with elderly residents, and gathered information online from people who had moved away from the area. A key focus of the project was to help reduce social isolation and to increase a sense of pride in the local community. At the end of the project, we held a 1950s themed tea party to celebrate and gave guided tours of the area, led by a local character actor. We also produced a booklet containing the stories and memories we uncovered, which you can download here, for free.