Dear Lewes Vox
After much deliberation and with a heavy heart I have decided to stop teaching Lewes Vox Community Choir.
This September will be 10 years since I opened my first choir and although this is a great achievement I feel like it is also time for me to move on.
As you all know, in recent years my home life and work load has become much busier and I no longer feel that I can bring the dedication to the choir that it deserves. Despite it being only a few hours a week (teaching time), the reality of the work load is much greater and it often eats into 2 or 3 evening a week – and I still feel that I am not doing enough. I would love to be able to ditch my school job and just concentrate on choir but realistically, working for school frees up paid school holidays and offers more stability. A choir venture might be something that I pursue once the children are a little older.
It is only recently that I have managed to come to this conclusion but I sat with it for a week and I think it is the best choice for me and my family at this time. I am so sorry to let you down and to not go out with a huge concert or celebration – I hate goodbyes.
I do not think that this is the end of choral teaching for me but I would like to be able to step back and gather myself. The last 5 years have been a whirlwind and I would like an opportunity to breath a little.
I can imagine that I will be in touch about workshops and maybe shorter 6 week blocks of singing workshops/courses at some point in the future. Please let me know if you would NOT like to be included in this and I will take you off the mailing list.
I feel very emotional writing this email but it also bringing me a feeling of relief. The only other thing that I have stuck at for 10 years in my whole life is my relationship with my husband Tam.
I loved teaching choir but this feels right. I’m sure I’ll be back in a different guise.
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Brighton and Lewes Vox Community Choirs are fun, relaxing and social choirs that require no auditions or experience. They are for the novice to the ‘know it all’. We learn our songs by call and response requiring no ‘dots’ and sing rich, unaccompanied harmonies.
”Kate brings energy and positivity to her classes and knows how to bring out the best in even the most diverse group. Her clear instructional style, choice of material and original arrangements make her workshops not-to-be missed! ” Sarah Heasman
‘I thought that was a brilliant, uplifting and life-affirming experience. Wonderful people, fantastic atmosphere, brilliant location. Top Class!’ Patrick Coffey on singing at Dancing Out The Old
Katie is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners Network