Practitioners

Janet Stansfeld

JS2“I love the sense of wellbeing and belonging which naturally arises when people sing together. For most of human history, shared singing has been an integral part of daily life, where participants don’t question whether they are ‘good enough’. I’m keen to create opportunities for people to reclaim that experience.”

 I enjoy musical styles from a range of traditions and cultures, feeling especially at home with African and African-derived forms. I grew up in Wales, where obviously everyone sings in harmony all the time!”

Originally trained in therapeutic group work, Janet has over 20 years’ experience of running singing and music sessions in community settings. Her teaching style draws on an eclectic range of influences, including improvisation, models of adult education, mindfulness practice and coaching skills.

Janet is currently in the third year as Chair of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network, a 500-strong national membership organisation for leaders offering accessible singing opportunities (see www.naturalvoice.net)

Liz Hodgson

LH 1“I’m particularly interested in the way singing can make connections between people, and am inspired by encouraging singing in places it might not otherwise reach!

 I am increasingly excited by the health benefits of singing, which I’ve certainly experienced personally, and the connectedness it can bring. Leading a new singing group for NHS staff and Singing for Better Breathing is just part of that. 

Liz has facilitated courses and workshops with people using mental health services, older people, refugees and asylum-seekers and community-building projects, as well as open-access groups welcoming all. She is a Natural Voice Practitioner with over 20 years’ experience of encouraging people to sing, whether or not they think they can, and has a huge repertoire of harmony songs from all over the world.

Liz also performs; from a busking duo singing East European songs to being a soloist in Bernstein’s Mass.