Bill Henderson has been running community choirs since 1990 and is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network whose ethos is that we can all sing and that some of us just need a safe space to find our voice.
He leads (or co-leads) 3 such choirs, all in the north-east of Scotland near the renowned Findhorn Foundation where he regularly teaches. These are the Forres Big Choir (mixed), Sounds Deep men’s choir and Bukhari Georgian choir (mixed). There are no auditions and no need to read music. Everybody is welcome and he has never turned anyone away. He also runs day, weekend and week long workshops which include an annual week of song (mixed) on the Hebridean Isle of Eigg. He is one of the organisers of an annual week long festival of song at Findhorn led by international workshop leaders known as Earth Sings. He has also taught in Brazil and Argentina on several occasions.
His love is of unaccompanied a cappella singing, using “inspirational songs from around the World” He says “If it inspires me I will teach it”. Pop, Gospel, Celtic, Georgian, African, Maori and lots more and increasingly his own arrangements and compositions as well as many from the increasing repertoire of songs composed by others specifically for community choirs.
As an erstwhile member of a traditional male voice choir in Wales and a fan of the Spookymen (for whom one of his choirs has opened at 2 of their concerts at Findhorn) he was inspired (along with David Harrison) to start a men only choir in his home town. He says that he characterises the men’s choir as “like a Rugby club but without the mud, violence and excessive alcohol.” The mixed choirs in which he is involved have an unusually high percentage of male voices and his aim is to get lots and lots more men singing.
Find out more about Bill’s varied musical work at www.billsmusic.co.uk