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About Us

20,000 Voices promotes, supports and develops the enjoyment of singing everywhere

Our aims are to:

  • Empower all people through singing;
  • Engage people in the development of vocal & communication skills;
  • Enrich lives through learning and participation;
  • Enhance health and wellbeing with the benefits of singing;
  • Extend access to participation in singing

Set up in 1993 by the Mid Northumberland Arts group (MidNAG), the name 20,000 Voices was also a target – to reach out to 20,000 voices in 3 years. After only two years the target was exceeded. When we became independent in March 1998, the number of voices stood at 44,500 . . . after 20 years in 2013 we had reached over 150,000 voices!

20,000 Voices has a passion for singing. Singing is fun, healthy, natural, stimulating, relaxing and expressive. It builds confidence, and helps to build a range of other skills. It’s for everyone and it’s for you!

What we do …

20,000 Voices runs singing workshops open to all, supports and sets up community choirs, organises “Come and Sing” events, themed workshop days, vocal study days, “Find Your Voice” introductory courses and “Big Sing” combined choir gatherings;

20,000 Voices runs courses and training, including HISS (Historically Informed Summer School), CPD training for choir leaders and other education projects, and currently international choral training programme ADDUP;

20,000 Voices has been involved in a wide range of creative projects, including working with bait (ACE Creative People & Places scheme in South East Northumberland) eg on Haalin’ the Lines, featured on Robson Green’s 3rd series of Tales from Northumberland; choirs for eg Russell Watson’s UK Tours 2015 & 2016; children’s choirs, choirs in prison, care homes and other specific contexts, etc;

20,000 Voices is periodically involved in wider initiatives and strategies, working in partnership with other organisations. Currently this includes addressing the arts and health agenda, including the “Choir in every care home” movement and working with dementia.

Folk songs, classical music, jazz, gospel, barbershop, musicals, we’ve improvised and composed….and always had lots of fun!

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20,000 Voices works with skilled professional leaders
20,000 Voices offers workshops for adults and children, in many different styles of music.
20,000 Voices works in partnership with many other organisations and venues.

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