Christine’s teaching style is inspiring, her harmony arrangements are inventive, her vocals are warm and inviting, and her passion has led many to discover the riches of Scots song
Fiona Ritchie, Chairperson, Just Singng Community Choir
Scots songs, songs of Robert Burns, and songs from world traditions as well as contemporary songs, feature. Just Singin’s CD was launched in 2013, featuring many of Christine’s song arrangements.
Several of her arrangements can be purchased through scotlandsmusic site, www.playscottishmusic.com. Her arrangements are gaining a great deal of popularity and have been performed and recorded by choirs the length and breadth of Britain. Watch this space for developments!
“Christine consistently delivers a superior weekly singing workshop for members of our community group, Just Singin’, a registered Scottish charity. Experience and expertise are worn lightly as she empowers individuals to find their own voices through her energetic, supportive, inclusive and personal teaching style. Membership numbers continue to soar as a result of Just Singin’ retaining Christine as musical director for the group.
Community Singing Groups and Choirs
Everyone can sing! Christine is a highly regarded song tutor. Above all, her aim is to make it an interesting, fun and welcoming learning environment where friendship and community walk hand- in- hand with songs and singing. Since the mid nineties, Christine and others have worked to set up community choirs as a way of encouraging people back to singing. Successfully developing projects with committees Christine moved on to kick-starting new projects as Founding Musical Director of Sangstream, Sangschule, Angus Folk, Breakish Singers, Burns Quoir and JustSinginBirnam, with whom she worked for over twelve years.
As well as teaching her own arrangements of a wide range of material including Scots and traditional song, Christine, as folklorist, (MLitt Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen) gives contextual information about the song and its background as well working on the expressive skills of singers from other angles, through her ADVS training as voiceworker in London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. As well as fulfilling invitations as guest tutor with choirs Christine now offers longer courses, including those with Gaelic song and Alexander Technique specialists. www.singingfordelight.co.uk
Project based and Scratch Festival choirs Christine has run include:
The Coastal Choir
Steenhive Big Sing
Coldstream Border Gathering
Christine has also taught at Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon fiddle school and at Sabhal Mor Ostaig Short Courses. In many festivals and teaching weekends she has brought people to sing together in performance, including working with Fiona J Mackenzie and also Christine Primrose in the Gaelic world, and a host of freelancers from the festival circuit.