In January I991, shortly after I had moved to Totnes with Martin and our young son Emil, I started running an evening class in Totnes Mansion that immediately filled a gap in the music scene: a choir that anyone could join, learning songs by ear, and exploring songs with amazing harmonies from all over the world.
I had previously been running a parent and baby singing group in Stroud, after my work as an English Language teacher all over the world, a Community Artist and Yoga/Rebirthing teacher (among other things).
By the summer the choir had become an established part of the Totnes scene and we named the group Global Harmony, and gave our first performance in the beautiful stairwell of Sharpham House that Christmas. I then went on to run a sister GH choir in Exeter, which enabled some grand performances of double choirs.
Over the years we have fundraised for numerous local and international projects and charities, made 3 CD’s and performed all over the county.
Charities include: Water Aid, Oxfam, Children’s Hospice SW, Amnesty International, RNIB, Zambian Orphanage, Atmos Totnes and many others.
Choir members have gone onto run their on choirs, taking the spirit of GH and their love of harmony singing around the world. Teachers include:
Helen Yeomans (Glorious Chorus, Totnes)
Vicky Hadland (Devonly Voices, Totnes)
Susan Duncan (choirs in Sicily)
Arabella Marshall (Wild Harmony, South Brent)
Sophie Sterkx (various groups in Gloucestershire)