Hello! And pleased to meet you – I’m Lizzy Renihan, founder of Natural Voices Choirs. And you’ve got it in one, that’s me in the red dress!
What can I tell you about us? I started my choirs in 2010 in a room in an old house in Walthamstow, East London, with a small group of friends who just wanted to sing for fun. Word quickly spread and lots of people started to come along because they had a laugh and liked singing the same kind of songs. We quickly ran out of chairs,
had to get a bigger room and Natural Voices Choirs was born!
We started with a ladies choir, added a mixed choir, then the juniors and the seniors … now we have expanded to other bits of London, down to Surrey and all the way up to the Isle of Mull.
Because I grew up in Ireland in a musical family I know the sheer joy you get from simply spending time singing with other people. It’s soooo good for the soul! Now with two young children myself, I wanted to settle in my community and find something that combined all my passions (singing, song-writing and performing) – and for getting people together to have a good time. Natural Voices fits the bill for me, and for so many of our choir members too.
If you join a Natural Voices choir, you’ll be made very welcome. You’ll have such fun with us, I guarantee we’ll be the highlight of your week!
Running in Walthamstow since 2012, Natural Voices has three youth choirs: our Junior Youth Choir for 5 to 8 year olds, and our middle choir for 8-11 Senior Youth Choir (aka the Natural Voices Youth Collective) from Secondary school onwards.
We believe every child should have the opportunity to sing. Everyone is welcome, there are no auditions and our emphasis is on creating a nurturing environment where our younger members can develop musically, have lots of fun and make new friends.
What we do
We sing a mix of challenging, funky arrangements and loads of current songs. We have lots of fun doing funny vocal warm ups then rehearsing and staging all our specially devised songs.
We always work towards a performance and have sung in West End productions and performed in many local charity shows. The youth choir members grow more confident by the month and it’s wonderful to see them making lots of new friends too.
There are no auditions for the youth choirs as children are still developing musically. We’ve heard so many stories about children being turned away, thrown out or told to mime in choirs.
These experiences can stay with them for life, and they become adults who avoid the joy of singing because they think they can’t.
A child who has problems with tuning can learn to sing in tune in the space of a few terms – it’s just about being given the opportunity and support. Keep children singing in a nurturing environment and they will improve.
The youth choirs are run by Natural Voices founder Lizzy Renihan. Lizzy has 15 years experience teaching children of all ages in performing arts and is fully CRB checked. You can read Lizzy’s teaching experience here.
Lizzy has been a professional singer for 20 years and believes it’s no coincidence that all her family can sing – they just had more practise than other children. Lizzy’s father taught his kids to sing from a very young age, and they sang everywhere: in the house, in the car, in church, at their uncle’s pub! Learning harmonies was simply a normal part of the day.
See us in action!
“All the concerts I’ve seen over the last three years have a common hallmark – the singers are doing it for the sheer fun and enjoyment of singing, whilst you (Lizzy) are a professional singer who coaches, arranges and administers with the talent and experience you carry within you. You are now passing on your love of music to the community. This is a rare achievement and one that is most inspiring.” – Wayne Pritchett, Walthamstow