“The Cecil Sharp House Choir are an incredible bunch of individuals that together create this soul searching sound. They were a dream to work with and listen to.”
Ben Eshmade, Daylight Music
The Choir is run by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and has English folk song at the heart of its repertoire. It is led by inspirational choir leader, Sally Davies, who composes most of the Choir’s arrangements. Since being formed by EFDSS in April 2008, Cecil Sharp House Choir has become known for its spirited and moving renditions of traditional songs.
The Choir concentrates on singing a capella folk and traditional songs from Britain and beyond. It is un-auditioned and is for confident singers who are able to hold a tune and are keen to perform. There’s no need to read music – all songs are taught by ear.
The Choir leader, Sally Davies, is a multi-talented vocalist, instrumentalist and composer with over 20 years’ experience as a workshop and choral leader.
For Spring Term 2019, Sally Davies will be taking a term’s sabbatical and the choir will be led by Aimée Leonard.
Aimée is an experienced workshop leader, singing teacher, musical director and song collector. She has a passion for ensemble singing and has led folk choirs since 2005 including the Song Shop Women’s Choir from Orkney, where she is from, and the Dulwich Folk Choir in South East London. Aimee is currently resident artist at the National Maritime Museum as part of the Musicians in Museums project; completing her MA in Estill voice training; working in various settings as a vocal and singing coach and delivering many song and percussion based workshops at Cecil Sharp House.
Cecil Sharp House Choir has gone from strength to strength, performing regularly at Cecil Sharp House and at a host of other venues and events such as at the British Library, the Southbank Centre (Chorus Festival, Tapping the Source), Voices Now festival at the Roundhouse, the National Maritime Museum, Oslo Musikkfest and the House of Commons.
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