Hull Community Voices — a World of Vocal Music

What we have been doing

We've had a busy time since coming back in at the beginning of January. Laurence Rugg opened the term with songs as varied as 'Dreamer, Blessings and Tina singu'. He is next with us on March 5th. We might even be getting a sneaky preview of some material for the NHS intergenerational choir. Hull Community Voices is going to take group there to support this amazing proect at Hull City Hall on March 26th.  http://hullcvs.org.uk/hull-ccg-intergenerational-choir-project/

The following two weeks have been led by Paula Ryan and Natacha Dauphin from Chechelele, an acapella group from York. We have learnt some Bulgarian, French and African tunes as we make our way around the world. It was amazing that we found the English words so difficult after all the tongue twisting. We're excited that Paula and Natacha have promised to come back next term.

As well as the workshops a number of us had great fun wassailling at the Pickering Orchard on a blustery Sunday. Visit our facebook page for all the up to date pictures and video. Or just come and join us on a Thursday evening. 

Who we are.

We are a natural voice singing group based in Hull. We are an inclusive group, which means we welcome anyone whatever their age, experience or ability. We provide opportunities for people to explore harmony singing through singing a variety of material from around the world and to develop their own voice.

We meet every Thursday during term time from 7.30pm to 9.00 pm at Friends Meeting House, Bean Street HU3 2PR (just off Anlaby Road near the Lloyds Late night Pharmacy).

This year we have some great workshops lined up for you. Come and join us for a stimulating evening of joy. 

The aim of HCV is to encourage people of all ages and abilities to find or extend their singing voices whilst celebrating the different vocal sounds and harmonies from around the world. The group is ideal for people who feel they can't sing, as HCV offers a supportive space for people to gain confidence with their voice.

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Upcoming events.


Charles Huckvale

Thursday Jan 29th, Feb 26th , Mar 19th

This week we are delighted to welcome Charles to lead our workshop. Charles has been associated with Hull Community Voices for a number of years. Come and join us. 

Charles is a local choir leader. His work is with all age ranges and has done some ground breaking and inspirational sessions in residential homes. Last year you may have seen him at the Freedom Festival organising Carnival arts. We love having Charles with us once a month. We always have great fun. His sessions are a great mix of lively ditties and harmonic tuneful melodies.




Next week

Ilina Ivancheva Thursday February 5th and 12th  

We are excited that Ilina has joined Hull Community Voices as a participant. Now she will also be leading some sessions for us. She has promised us Japanese as well as her native Bulgarian. Ilina is an accomplished musician who has sung all her life and travelled extensively with her music. She writes

'I was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1986. My mum says that at the moment of my birth I started crying when I was not yet even all out in the world, and the doctor said: “Let's see if you are you a male or a female singer.” So, here I am, a female one.

Today I am back in Hull, doing a part-time PhD on the effect of the Feldenkrais Method on singing and generally approaching singing through developing awareness of our bodies. I also sing in the University Chapel Choir and Early Music Ensemble. My interest in singing as a natural expression of what we are brought me to the Natural Voice Network where I met some wonderful and inspiring people.'

Coming soon

Watch this space for upcoming events

We take a break for half term so there's no session on February 19th. We are back again February 26th with a workshop led by Charles. Then we will meet every thursday evening until March 26th when the group will meet at the Hull City Hall for the NHS Intergenerational project. details of how to obtain tickets to follow. Watch this space! 

Session Fees

As we are a small self-funding community group we make a small charge for each session in order to cover venue and tutor costs.

Full price - £4.00, concession - £3.50

New members can come along to the first session as a taster free of charge. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Weekly Thursday Sessions

Hull Community Voices meet weekly on Thursdays evenings during school term time. Our sessions are held at Quaker Meeting House, Bean Street HU3 2PR, (just off Anlaby Road, near Hull Royal Infirmary).

These are stand alone workshops so there's not need to have been before, nor to commit to the whole series, just come along, join in and have fun.

Meet the team...

Cath (chair)

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I never believed I could sing. At school I failed the audition. Hull Community Voices doesn't have an audition. I've grown so much in confidence and love both the singing and the great friends I've made through the group

Debbie (Secretary)

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I always wanted to be able to sing but never felt confident enough in my ability to join a choir.

I was also looking for an activity to help me manage my stress levels.  Hull Community Voices provided a friendly and supportive environment that has helped me become a more confident singer. The group members all have really different backgrounds and experiences but we create beautiful harmonies and sing a great range of songs from all over the world.


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Val (treasurer)

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I have always loved singing remembering all my songs learnt at school. I have never done any singing for years until joining Hull Community Voices 8 years ago which has helped me to find my voice again. I now sing with confidence and enjoy the lovely songs and sounds we make singing with such a lovely welcoming group.


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Often when I have been to hear a choir I used to think.’ I would love to sing in a choir, but I can’t really sing’.  Well one evening I heard a choir at my local church and I thought.. ‘well stop thinking about it and do it, you now have the time to try new things.’  So I looked online and saw Hull Community Voices and saw no audition was needed.  I mentioned it to a friend so we both came along and after a few weeks we both felt part of the group and found the people very friendly and welcoming.  Also singing is good for lifting your spirits and when you are singing with other people you really feel you CAN sing.


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I really enjoy the choir as it is friendly and informal. You don`t have to be able to read music or pass an audition but the singing is great and gives you a really good feeling by the end of the session. 

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