The British Voice Association has produced a new poster for this year’s World Voice Day which takes place annually on 16th April. It is a bright colourful design which urges people who are professional voice users of all disciplines to ‘celebrate healthy voices’.

Featuring music by Karl Jenkins, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Simon and Garfunkel

Conductor: Stephen Hunter-Brown Soloist: Keri Farish

Piano: Scott Miller with the Etoile String Quartet Tickets: £10

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As part of its 44th Season, the Carnegie Singers are presenting a concert of music with a reflective theme.

The programme consists of The Sacred Songs by Karl Jenkins, which are a compilation of some of his most celebrated works, together with music by Rogers and Hammerstein, Simon and Garfunkel and Amanda McBroom.

Carnegie Singers Reflections

Theatre Royal Workington

Saturday 28th April at 7.30pm Tickets £10.00

As Guest Soloist, the choir will be joined by local singer Keri Farish and as well as presenting some of her own choice of songs will also be performing with the Singers. The mixed voice choir of 40 voices will be accompanied by the Etoile String Quartet, under their leader Scott Miller and conducted by Stephen Hunter-Brown, the Carnegie Singers Musical Director.

The Workington-based community choir rehearse each Wednesday at the Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre. Their seasonal programme sees them perform at least four times a year and are currently planning a visit to Workington’s twin town Selm in Germany next year, which celebrates 25 years of twinning and the Carnegie Singers 45 years Anniversary.

Highly regarded in Workington and surrounding Districts, the Carnegie Singers have also enjoyed success in local Music Festivals, its Concerts receive much acclaim attributed to the variety of music they perform and the standard they have maintained over many years.


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If you were in the audience for one of the Society’s performances of The Bench at the beginning of March, you may now observe more keenly those apparently commonplace meetings and interactions between people who stop and sit in the local park. This production, written by Jay Cundell-Walker, lets us witness who comes and goes throughout one day, in a series of eight short pieces, some funny, some poignant and all taking place on or around the eponymous bench.

Executive Director Jill Roper enlisted assistance from three co-directors, thirteen actors and a strong production crew.

CADS next production will be staged at the end of May and you really don’t want to miss out on one of Alan Ayckbourne’s funniest comedies, ‘Relatively Speaking’, which will be directed by Len Wainwright.

CADS is very privileged to have persuaded Jennie Buckman to lead the ‘Directing Skills’ workshop on 9th April. Jennie’s background can only be described as prestigious, having taught at RADA, worked at The National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and has trained many very famous names. You will really have to be VERY quick to

Jane Sharkey and Dan Roach from The Bench reserve your place on this one.

Finally, for this month, you will be made very welcome if you come along to any CADS event, including the regular, informal play- readings held on the first Wednesday evening of every month, irrespective of your age and experience. Joining CADS is free and we are always looking for recruits who want to act, direct, be a part of the production team, or just get involved. Watch THIS space, and our Facebook page for details of what we are up to.

Alison Shutt ISSUE 424 | 22 MARCH 2018 | 34

Many things can affect your voice… some of which are more obvious than others. Shouting, or trying to talk above the noise of other conversations, working in environments which are dry and dusty, chemical irritants such as air fresheners or hairsprays, smoking and so on, all tend to make your voice husky or hoarse. Less obvious is the effect of diet. Spicy foods and dairy products, the caffeine in tea, coffee and cola and alcohol can have a drying or irritating effect on the mucous membranes in the larynx which need to be kept moist if the voice is to work at its best. Hormonal changes can also be a factor but perhaps less obvious, the voice is closely linked with emotion. Stress or depression, can cause muscular tension in the neck which significantly affects the way your voice behaves.

The BVA produce several leaflets which give valuable advice on taking care of your voice and how occupational voice users can help themselves. The easiest advice to follow is for us all to drink at least 6 – 8 glasses of water

a day… which I suspect is probably more than most of us do. The central heating and/or air conditioning in our modern homes and offices have a drying effect on our voices and we need to counteract this by drinking plenty of water. Another useful piece of advice is not to clear your throat unnecessarily (often a reaction to nerves when speaking in public) and to warm up your voice if you are going to be using it for a long time at work. It also advises against excessive use of the telephone. Speaking for a long time with the neck, shoulder and arm held at an angle is not helpful, which is why call centres use headsets to minimise the problem.

Members of The British Voice Association all encourage you to ‘Make the choice to cherish your voice’.

Susan Coombs

Member of the British Voice Association & Association of Teachers of Singing

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