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 also composes original works for her workshops.
SONG BIRDS workshops are easily accessible for groups of all sizes, ages and abilities.
There usually two Ulverston community singing groups you can join; Feel Good Singing on Monday nights and Thursday mornings and a
Women's Singing and Vocal Improvisation and Play group. It happens online when we aren't able to meet in person.
She also usually facilitates Singing For The Brain sessions in Barrow 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.
Over the years Kirsten 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 has provided singing/improvisation/arts/music & song writing sessions for many schools, residencies, festivals and organisations alongside Song Birds. Some included are:- Youth Music, The Sage/Gateshead, Children's Services, Soundwave, Kendal Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal Calling, Welfare State International, Alzheimer's Society, Lanternhouse International, Whitewood & Fleming, Florence Arts centre, Jersey Arts Centre, Inspire/London, Cumbria & Barrow County Councils, Wigan and South Tyneside Education Authorities, MIND, Music Links/Jam Tent and Adult Education Services Cumbria.
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 women's acapella 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, 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.