Handy Voices has been invited to be part of the RoAR Disability Youth Arts Festival in Oxford at the Art- T Centre (Ark T Centre Crowell Road, OX4 3LN Oxford, Oxfordshire) on 1 September 2017. Our leader, Christine DeBlase will be running a sign singing workshop and working with the audience to find a new way of using their voice to express themselves and the music.
RoAR is a one day festival from 11am- 4pm to celebrate youth disability arts through the creative endeavours of the Arts Awards projects funded by a partnership between Oxfordshire County Council and Artswork.
The Handy Voices workshop will take place at 12:30pm. Everyone of any age is welcome. Come and check it out.
Last night, Tuesday 9 May 2017, Handy Voices Signing Choir was invited to the Oxford Charity and Volunteer Action Awards. I was there with my husband, Rand Russell to represent the team.
We were shortlisted for 2 categories, Best New Group and Innovation. It was lovely to be in the Town Hall with about 300 people watching, hearing about our achievements from the speaker and seeing our names on the big screen, but then they called our name and I was so shocked and surprised. It was a great moment.
So proud of all that Handy Voices has achieved since our inception in September 2014 when we were partnered with SongScope and then breaking out on our own from June 2015. Since that time we have gone from strength to strength and have started to make a difference in the local community. Long may that continue!
Official photos to be put up soon, but here are a few selfies of me with the award from last night!
Handy Voices has been invited to attend the Oxfordshire Charity and Volunteer Awards as it has been nominated for an award in two categories: Best new group and Innovation.
Christine DeBlase, our choir leader will represent Handy Voices at the Award Ceremony held in the Oxford Town Hall on Tuesday 9 May 2017. Pictures of the event will be posted as soon as possible. Wish us luck!
Handy Voices is getting very excited as we have 6 entries in this year’s Jersey Eisteddfod (the world’s largest sign singing competition)held in St Helier, Jersey on 5 November 2016. We have been very brave and this is the first year that we have entered as Handy Voices Signing Choir into the competition with two duets, two solos and two small group pieces. It is very exciting and wish us the luck! We are really looking forward to it!
On 20th August, a small selection of Handy Voices Signing Choir performed at the Elder Stubbs Festival to raise money for Restore. Restore is a charity which helps people with mental illness into work or meaningful activity.
The theme was ‘Under the Water’ so we did a small workshop teaching our audience the song ‘Yellow Submarine’ as well as performing the songs ‘Let it Go’, ‘A Better Place’ and ‘Imagine’.
Also, we are very excited to announce that this was Mindy and Megan’s first ever performance with us. Well done to them on their duet!