New uplifting singing classes at Queens Park

A Big Voice singing session at the Church of the Good Shepherd led by Mrs Maria Scobey
A Big Voice singing session at the Church of the Good Shepherd led by Mrs Maria Scobey
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Her motto is ‘if you can speak you can sing’ and Maria Scobey says she is determined to break down the barriers stopping people from singing just for fun.

Next month the 38-year-old will start a new ‘non-judgemental’ singing group – which guarantees that members will not be asked to perform solos and can ‘relax without any pressure to be perfect’.

The Aylesbury-based professional singing coach said: “It’s encouraging people that love to sing and who don’t have many places to go.

“They may not want to sing in say an amateur dramatic production, which I have nothing against, but just want to sing.

“It is such an uplifting way to relieve stress and has a feel good factor – and people can learn a little bit more about how to make their own voice better.

“A lot of people like to say ‘you can’t teach me I’m tone deaf’ but that doesn’t exist.

“What people are trying to say is my pitch isn’t great, but that can be rectified with one to one sessions.”

Maria is known in the town for her performances with the band Tequila Mocking Bird and duo Cover Up.

She has also played shows on her own and worked on cruise ships.

She describes her new group as ‘not heavy’, citing that for example she will not expect members to learn to read music.

“Here in the Western world we are fond of classical sight reading, but Shirley Bassey can’t read any notes and it hasn’t stopped her,” she says.

Because the class will involve group-singing, members will not get much one-to-one tuition.

“But I can at least tell them what to work on and it is usually completely different to what they think they need to work on,” says Maria.

During the sessions members will sing songs from a variety of genres ranging from Motown to gospel and pop.

The group will meet at Aylesbury’s Queens Park Arts Centre on Tuesdays 8-9pm, starting September 11.

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