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A Different Voice, A Different Song: Reclaiming Community through the Natural Voice and World Song

Caroline Bithell


This book explores the history and significance of the natural voice movement and its culture of open-access community choirs, weekend workshops, and summer camps. Founded on the premise that “everyone can sing”, the movement is distinguished from other choral movements by its emphasis on oral transmission and its eclectic repertoire of songs from across the globe. First, the book reveals how and why songs from non-Western and folk traditions inform the movement’s ideological, methodological, and ethical principles and contribute to the rewards—social, psychological, and existential, as well a ... More

Keywords: natural voice, community choir, singing, Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network, Frankie Armstrong, oral tradition, world song, performance, musical competency, intercultural understanding

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199354542
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354542.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Caroline Bithell, author
University of Manchester