Moonchoir & beyond!
MOONCHOIR has been alive since January 2018, formed during musician Ailsa Mair Hughes' project 13 Moons of Music (which was gratefully supported by the Earth Pathways Seed Fund). We now meet twice a month at both new and full moons. Here are some words to describe what MOONCHOIR is:
voicing wilds within,
the beauty of rawness & spontaneity.
navigating the sacred and the silly -
THERE IS NO 'WRONG' HERE
finding together ways to co-create soundscape,
organically evolving in the moment,
gentle holding as we learn to trust our sound impulses,
deeply listening to and singing WITH the land,
exploring 'mindful' and heart-full voicework,
setting intentions & singing our gratitudes,
honouring our cycles and unique voices (trained or untrained),
the elements, the earth & (or course) the moon...
...and most of all, HAVING FUN!
You can hear some audio clips of our first year of MOONCHOIR sessions here: www.soundcloud.com/13moonsofmusic
Feedback from participants:
“Ailsa offers playful yet profound guidance towards expressive vocal freedom, carefull listening and heart centred authenticity. I am grateful to her for inspiring me to sing with the moon, the water, the land; it’s such a beautiful practice!”
"I was scared to attend the singing workshop - I didn't think I could sing, it's not something I would normally go to, but it was a fantastic experience!! I loved learning to let go and explore my voice in a creative and encouraging atmosphere. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!"
“I've attended Ailsa's improvisation singing workshops and really enjoyed them. I feel they're important as so many people's voices are crushed from an early age and it's a way of exploring voice within a safe space. Ailsa has a lovely way of gently holding the space and encouraging participants.”
“just wanted to say that your voice improv workshops have been great, you make them relaxed interesting and fun, thoroughly enjoyed them, learnt loads and heard some amazing singing. And the moonchoir has been equally inspiring, allowing us to put into practice what we've learnt, and the moonlight shadow song into the shadow of moon was specially, thanks loads and loads”
“I have attended many of Ailsa's workshops, one time stands out in particular, when I had a need to express my sorrow in my heart, and singing it out did that... connecting with the moon, elements and others in song opened my heart and helped heal my pain. Thank you so much for the beautiful offering you gave to me and hope very much to continue attending your workshops in the future.”