Kate O'Connell

Vocal tuition for health, wellbeing, confidence and performance technique

Singing for health, wellbeing and performance . . .
Increase your confidence, build community, develop creativity, and have fun !
 

I help children, teenagers and adults in private classes and groups to sing, develop their creativity, learn to perform better, and how to use the breath to maximum effect.
Side effects can be: better posture and increased self awareness and sense of wellbeing. As a Natural Voice Practitioner, I can help you free up your voice and express yourself to your full potential.
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“ Kate has helped me unlock years of closed doors through the amazing range of methods she has used to help me find my voice again. Every lesson has been a journey and much like therapy. I see singing so differently now and love the idea that my body is an instrument. My voice can now do things I never imagined it could.
Thank you Kate for everything! ”   Laura (26)

 “ Kate has helped me in pushing myself to my real potential, in fun and creative ways. A colourful and vibrant teacher ! ”   Esther (16)


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Let's make this another wonderful year, full of joyful harmony, on all levels. My focus is on the health and wellbeing, heart-opening and community aspects of singing and using the voice. I am keen to sing songs with uplifting messages.

I am offering workshops and weekly groups in Highland and Moray. I hope you will find something to suit you.

I am also available for private singing lessons for performance and for health and wellbeing.

With blessings, Kate

Video

 “Something Inside So Strong”

by Labbi Siffre
Too Many Kooks, 2010, in the Universal Hall Findhorn.
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›  About Too Many Kooks + More videos

 “There Is A Balm in Gilead”

Healing gospel song
The Singing Hearts group shared this song at the Parkinsons UK Together event in Boat of Garten, June 2018.
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 “Everything's Gonna Be Allright”

Short video of Kate O'Connell with gospel singer Kathy Bullock and workshop choir, Easter 2013, at the EarthSings event in the Universal Hall, Findhorn.
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 “Peace In Our Time”

Written by Nick Prater at the time of the big anti-war demonstrations in 2004. Kate leads this Natural Voice anthem. Part of The Forres Big Choir 10th birthday Big Sing, January 2014.
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 “ Hope Lies Here ”

The finale of the "You Can't Eat Money" concert on 2 November 2012 in the Universal Hall, Findhorn.
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›  Info: You Can't Eat Money

Audio

Stand and deliver Radio Scotland

 BBC Radio Personal Best / 14 May 2018  (28 mins/mp3)

Gillian Russell and the Personal Best team have come to Eden Court in Inverness to learn how to improve our public speaking. Includes voice coach Kate O'Connell and PR expert Laura Bruce giving a mini masterclass on relaxing and projecting your voice, what to do to get yourself feeling and sounding confident, how to get your posture right, whether to include humour, and why breathing is key.

Health benefits of singing Radio Scotland

 BBC Radio Personal Best / 19 December 2016  (28 mins/mp3)

BBC Radio programme on the health benefits of singing. Includes Kate giving reporter Suzie Beaumont a singing lesson.

Helen Chadwick Song Theatre Helen Chadwick Song Theatre

 Helen Chadwick Song Theatre is a group of highly skilled actor singers who present performances, concerts and site-specific events. On 2 + 3 March 2018 they were here for two concerts and a workshop.

›  Sample song 'Some Nights' (mp3)

News

Weekly Singing Groups

Monday afternoons

The Singing Hearts

Singing group in Inverness for people with a long-term condition, their friends, and carers

Wednesday evenings

HummingBirds

Women's singing group, in Strathpeffer, Ross-shire

Friday mornings

Sing for Peace

Beautiful acappella harmony peace songs, in Kinloss, Moray

Sunday afternoons

Black Isle Acappella

Community choir for the Black Isle, in Rosemarkie

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In the pipeline

Please let me know if you are interested.

A day for voice teachers

Passing on skills and tips of the trade to anyone who would like to bring more singing into their work or lead groups.

Find Your Voice

Open up and develop your voice. Build your confidence.

Sing for Peace

If you would like a singing for peace group in your area, please contact me.

Workshops

Bespoke workshops

I offer singing workshops tailor-made to suit your needs:

—  Vocal development exercises to improve power quality range and confidence;
—  Voice work/singing as community development;
—  Harmony singing;
—  Solo singing masterclass, performance technique;
—  Vocal improvisation.

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Regular Classes & Groups

The Singing Hearts

‘Where words fail music speaks’

Mondays, 2pm – 3pm
Charleston Academy Community Annexe, Inverness

The Singing Hearts After a successful start in 2016, the singing group for people with Parkinson’s, their friends, families and carers is now open to everyone with a long-term condition. The sessions are led by renowned local voice coach Kate O'Connell, whose enthusiasm and belief that everyone can sing makes these classes a delight for everyone who comes along.

Cathy Orr, Parkinson’s UK Local Development Manager, said: “We are delighted to be continuing this class in Inverness and want as many people as possible to come along. The singing sessions are great fun as well as providing real benefits for people with a long-term condition. There is also a strong social aspect, and lots of people find that singing makes them feel better, which is really helpful for those who have feelings of stress, anxiety or depression.”

The classes are open to everyone affected by a long-term condition. No experience or singing ability necessary, just a willingness to join in and have fun. There is no need to pre-book.

Participants have said:
”You have helped my confidence . I so enjoy coming to your class You have confidence in our ability to sing which in turn makes me want to do well.“ Jeanx
”Our choir mistress is a delight. We have gathered a group of 15 and we have bonded so quickly and so well. It is amazing what she has brought out of us in so short a time.“ Rhona
”An hour singing with Kate isn’t really enough but in that short time she inspires and uplifts us all and our group is fab. What started as singing strangers thanks to Kate, we are now singing friends.“ Isabel

 Video: “There Is A Balm in Gilead”
The Singing Hearts group shared their songs at the Parkinsons UK Together event in Boat of Garten in June 2018. This was a gathering of people with Parkinsons from all over Scotland. You may note there are only ladies singing but I must emphasize that we do have gentlemen in our group, they just were not there that day.

For further information please contact Cathy Orr on 03442 259831 or by email on corr@parkinsons.org.uk, or contact Kate.

HummingBirds

Women's Singing Group in Strathpeffer, Ross-shire

Wednesdays, 7pm
Location: various private houses
£6 per session

A variety of inspirational songs from around the world. Gospel, trad folk, pop, contemporary compositions ... if we like it we’ll sing it. No expertise needed, just a joy in singing and a willingness to have a go.

After one year together we are building good friendships and beautiful harmonies. Singers are coming from Dingwall, Contin, Strathpeffer, Beauly, Marybank, and Inverness, and we build a sense of community.

New members are very welcome anytime.

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Sing for PeaceSing for peace

with Kate O’Connell

Fridays, 10am – 11.30am
Kinloss Church Hall (map)


Please join me in learning and singing some beautiful acappella harmony peace songs from different spiritual and secular traditions.
Let us raise our voices together and create a magical energy in the spirit of peace.

Suits all levels of vocal experience. Learning by ear.
Drop-in price £6–£8 (sliding scale depending on income)

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Hope to see you there !

Black Isle Acappella

Community choir for the Black Isle
with Kate O’ConnellBlack Isle Acappella

Sundays, 2pm – 4pm
The Gordon Memorial Hall, Rosemarkie
 

Let's have fun and sing some great harmony songs!

Learning by ear. Open to all.
No auditions


New members very welcome. Please tell your friends.
Cost £7 per session. After first session you are encouraged to sign up for the term, payable monthly. A few concessions are available. Please ask.

Kate has been running choirs/vocal groups for over 35 years. She was co-leader of The Forres Big Choir for 11 years, and artistic director of womens acappella group Too Many Kooks for 9 years. As well as teaching juicy acappella harmony songs, she loves to help people develop their natural voices, explore creative harmonies and experiment with the healing potential of the voice.
Her song repertoire spans pop, gospel, African and other world music, traditional songs from around Britain, contemporary inspirational songs, both sacred and secular.
She also runs a weekly group Singing For Peace.

“Kate has an easy relaxed style which brings out the best in people ...”

To book, please contact Kate: katesvoices@gmail.com / 01343 850266 Singing Group on the Black Isle

What is a Community Choir?

A community choir is a singing group that is open to anyone irrespective of supposed musical prowess or training. The emphasis is on fun and the joy of singing together and also on building a sense of community through singing together. There are no auditions and no mystique about the process of singing. Learning is often by ear rather than by printed music. We mostly sing in a circle instead of in chorus formation. This allows everyone to hear and enjoy the harmonies for themselves, rather than songs being rehearsed entirely for the benefit of an audience. (With thanks to Bill Henderson/Forres Big Choir)

As one member has said: “Thanks for welcoming me into the group despite my serious lack of singing abilities. I am learning a great deal and hope I can use this to improve my vocal abilities. I am indeed grateful for all your patience and considerable skills, sharing your knowledge and talents with relaxed good humour.
“I hope those who love to sing locally know how lucky they are to have this opportunity on their doorstep. You are an amazing musical talent and have many skills which include the gift of creating relaxing atmosphere in the class. This makes me feel l can concentrate on the singing and trying to improve my voice to try and contribute to the overall sound of the group. I have been helped enormously by listening to confident signers with beautiful voices.”

Individual voice sessions for children and teenagers

School of Acoustic Rock I really enjoy working with young people, helping them open up their voices. We use the songs that they love, drawn from the worlds of pop, jazz, folk and gospel. I also work with improvisation to help them develop their musical creativity. Over the past twenty years I have helped many young people develop their skills and confidence as performers.

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“ Kate has helped me in pushing myself to my real potential, in fun and creative ways. A colourful and vibrant teacher ! ”   Esther (16)

Individual voice/singing sessions for adults

Sometimes it is just a straight vocal session with warm-ups and voice opening exercises and singing songs. Developing the voice, gaining confidence, learning how to deliver a song.

Other times the session goes into deep healing therapeutic places as, through breathing and relaxation, the student gets in touch with places where vocal expression is held in or blocked.

And sometimes it is a mixture of both.

I work intuitively with each client to draw out their beautiful unique voice.

I am teaching from Kilmuir on the Black Isle: Mondays to Thursday morning; Forres, Moray: Thursdays only.

Contact Kate

For all events, workshops, groups, choirs, classes and private lessons, please feel free to contact me for further details and to discuss your requirements. Reasonable terms.
I am based in North Scotland. I will travel throughout Scotland and further by arrangement.

Email:  katesvoices@gmail.com
Mobile (text only):  07749 216223

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