Stephanie launched her first community choir in August 2005, in her home village on the edge of the Norfolk Broads. She has a lifelong love of harmony singing, years of experience performing in a range of genres (classical and community choirs, and community theatre), and a history of teaching adults in a variety of subjects and contexts – a thread which has run through all her working life in archaeology, social work and various other settings.
She is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network, whose belief is that that “singing is everyone’s birthright, regardless of musical experience or ability”.
Her musical interests are eclectic and ever-expanding; she has a particular enthusiasm for Georgian, Basque and Corsican polyphony; American shape-note and gospel music; folk and medieval music, and South African dance-songs. She also composes and arranges songs for the groups that she leads. One of her biggest pleasures is the joy of hearing people singing harmonies that she’s just taught them. Almost all the material is sung a cappella.
In 2014 she took over the leadership of Voicemale from their founder, Teresa Verney. They are a group of some 16 men, established in 2007 on Natural Voice principles, and based at Aylsham in Norfolk.
Currently Stephanie also leads two mixed community choirs, both of which she founded: Trinity Broads Singers at Martham, and Global Harmony in Norwich. In 2012 she formed Scunsulata, an a cappella vocal ensemble that delights in exploring the darker side of life; and she also leads singing workshops. More information is on her website at http://www.stephanie-anderson.co.uk/ .
In the words of some of their members, Voicemale is “a choir of male voices – not a male voice choir”; “invigorating”; “a great eclectic mix of songs”; “a bunch of blokes who love to sing together.”
Voicemale is a group of some 16 men, led by Stephanie Anderson, who meet on the second, fourth and fifth Saturday morning of the month at the Salvation Army Hall in Aylsham, Norfolk. They are building a wide and ever-increasing repertoire of a cappella material from around the world – currently including songs from Georgia, Namibia and the Spanish Basque country, and American gospel songs. They perform several times a year, but also enjoy singing for its own sake.
Their website is at http://www.voicemale.co.uk and they have a page on their leader’s website at http://www.stephanie-anderson.co.uk/Choirs/voicemale . Please contact Stephanie through her website if you’re interested in joining. No musical experience is necessary, as everything is taught by ear although musical scores are available for some songs. There are no auditions.
AUDIO LINK: Voicemale sings Kaana Kameme (wedding song from Namibia) at a “Without Borders” concert – in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières – at South Walsham on Sunday 7th June, 2015.
PHOTO LINK: “Some of Voicemale’s members in rehearsal at Aylsham, October 2015.”