Singing for Health and Happiness at The Playhouse

Posted on: 14th June 2011

A Unique One Off Workshop at the Playhouse is offering people the chance to take time out of their busy lives to have some fun and sing!

Valerie Whitworth is an inspirational teacher and voice coach and the Playhouse brings her unique workshop to Derry for the first time on the 22nd June. Her warm teaching style is both professional and relaxed, bringing out the best in all levels of vocal ability. Valerie trained with Frankie Armstrong who pioneered the Natural Voice Technique, whose philosophy is - ‘if you can speak you can sing'. Valerie has established an enviable reputation across Tyrone and Fermanagh. She has two choirs in Omagh and in Enniskillen called ‘Together One Voice'. The songs taught in the workshop range from simple chants, to more complex works in three or four part harmony and are all taught by ear.

Valerie discovered the healing benefits of singing having suffered post natal depression. Attending a weekly singing class helped her recovery and became the highlight of her week. This experience led to the creation of "Singing for Health and Happiness" workshops. She has experience working with all ages and abilities including in a Mental Health setting and has seen a huge range of benefits to people's self esteem and confidence.

Valerie said; "singing is our natural birthright. I would encourage anyone who secretly likes to sing in the shower or the car to come along and give it a go! They say that singing is good for the soul, it certainly makes you feel great and the joy of singing in harmony in a large group is second to none. If you are aged 16 or over, want to have some fun and forget about your concerns for a couple of hours? Why not come along. It will be the best £10 you've spent in a long time'.

Ursula McHugh Therapist/Singer currently resident at the Playhouse Theatre said ‘‘I can promise you a real treat and I am really delighted she has agreed to share her philosophy, joy of singing, expertise and experience with us."

The workshop will take place at the Playhouse on Wednesday 22nd June 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Cost £10

For more information or to book a place please contact Valerie on or 07526534183 website: Or Ursula McHugh on or 07813124126


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