Singing is medicine. You sing away the blues. You sing to feel good. You sing for the sake of singing.
No matter who you are or what you think you sound like; singing is good for your well being.
Singing is a powerful way to bring people together and elevate mood. A mood that stays with you long after the music's over.
Kirsten Taylor set up Song Birds to give people the opportunity to come together through singing in an environment that is both relaxed and energising. She arranges songs, drawing from a wide source of musical genres and composes original works for her workshops.
SONG BIRDS workshops are easily accessible for groups of all sizes, ages and abilities.
There are several community singing groups you can join in Ulverston; Good Tones, The Feel Good Singalong and a
Women's Singing and Vocal Improvisation and Play group; and a Feel Good Singalong in Allithwaite.
She also facilitates Singing For The Brain sessions in Barrow and Kendal for people with dementia/ Alzheimer's and their carers.
Kirsten invites commissions to write songs for special events, schools and organisations.
Kirsten has been involved in music throughout her life as a composer/arranger/performer/singer. She trained at The Sage Gateshead in Community Music and has a BA (hons) degree in Commercial Music, studied at The University of Westminster.
She has been running singing & music workshops since 2003 having led and co-led singing events pan Cumbria county and the north east. Some on a large scale with hundreds of people and some more intimate gatherings with just a handful of people. As a lover of nature and the outdoors she adores singing in special places which has seen her take vocal groups on adventures to sing in caves, woods, lakes, stone circles and in special buildings.
Her passion for improvisation started as a child making things up from piano pieces to songs and performances. She explored this further at college in Theatre Studies and was in various bands, from the funk-acid jazz, Shaft, The Barracudas Party Band, to the weird and wonderful world of psychedelic improvisation with a variety of local figures including Lord Westall (not an official Lord) and Herb Diamante. In the early 90s they formed collectives and explored the art of improvisation performance under many guises including
The Interchangeable & Expandable Heads of Edwina Currie and The Spherical Dice.
Over the years she has has worked with a wide range of musicians and projects from Omar Lye-fook to Jose Feliciano also having performed for Nelson Mandela at The Two Nations Concert, Johannesburg Stadium and, again, at South Africa House, London and for
Prince (sadly not the purple one) Charles at High Grove.
Kirsten's group and solo recording projects have featured on national radio on Radio One and BBC 6 Music. Alongside running singing/music for wellbeing and community arts/ land art & lantern making workshops, she sings in a jazz group and records a solo project, Bon Arrow.
Here are some of the organisations Kirsten has provided singing/improvisation/arts/music & song writing sessions for alongside Song Birds:
Youth Music, The Sage/Gateshead, Children's Services, Soundwave, Kendal Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal Calling, Sunbeams Music Trust, Welfare State International, Alzheimer's Society, Lanternhouse International, Whitewood & Fleming, Cumbria & Barrow County Councils, Wigan and South Tyneside Education Authorities, MIND, Music Links/Jam Tent, Adult Education, residential homes and primary/ secondary schools.