OPEN VOICE Community Choir (South Manchester)

Open Voice is an friendly open choir of about 50 members. We sing songs from all over the world in a capella harmony. Occasional gigs but no pressure to perform.

We sing at Community events, charities, for causes and in protest.

  • No experience necessary!
  • Whether you are a seasoned singer or you only sing in the bath …
  • Sing in harmony – songs from all over the world -African, Eastern European.  Songs of protest, freedom, songs to uplift.
  • Relax, unwind & let it all hang out, in a friendly, warm, fun atmosphere.


WHEN?    Wednesday eves at 7:30 -9pm, term time. You can drop in any Wednesday during term.

WHERE?  The beautiful old St Margaret's church, corner of Rufford Rd/Whalley Rd,                                 Whalley Range, Manchester M16 8AE

COST?     Pay per half term (cheaper) or can just drop in any evening for £5. Concessions too. We sing at Community events, charities, for causes and in protest.

Any money we get for paid gigs goes to Duncan Gibbon's charities -  A street shelter for children in San Luis, Argentina and the World Land Trust, specifically to save rainforest in Argentina.  Duncan Gibbon was my son's best friend -a fabulous young man of extraordinary kindness, confidence and charisma, who died in an accident over the 2010 Xmas period  aged 21. These causes are all close to his heart.

'You can because you think you can' Duncan Gibbon

Our CD is now out - all money raised from CD sales to go to these great causes!

Here's one of the tracks from the CD at bottom of this page, with details of how to order a copy here


 We recently sang,( along with some Calder Valley Voice members and others) at The Peterloo Memorial picnic - sharing a 'stage' with Maxine Peake and Dr Who! (Chris Eccleston) A moving tribute to thos OPEN VOICE singing @Peterloo Memorial PIcnic


 Wendy Paintsil  and I launched  Wrexham Community Choir 10th Jan 2012.

The choir  has 100 members with people of all ages, cultures, abilities and walks of life coming every week.

Choir  meet every Tuesday term time from 7:30pm-9:30pm at Wrexham Methodist Church

We have been to Poland as a choir, worked with fabulous South African singers Africa Entsha  and  will continue to do exciting projects with fabulous artistes.  Here are us performing with Africa Entsha

Wrexham is my home town and I'm thrilled I now have an excuse to go there more often - tea at my folks every week!

Email for more info.




I'm choral Director for Calder Valley Voices, based in Hebden Bridge. A 50 strong choir open for anyone to join.Our central aims are to ‘learn, practise and perform songs from the world-wide community singing tradition, including songs of peace, freedom, struggle and liberation’.

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Conducting 1,000 voices - National Street Choir 2014, hosted by Calder Valley Voices

Conducting 1,000 voices, National Street Choirs 2014 Photos by Calum MacDonald


I run singing workshops all over the country, ranging from an afternoon to a weekend. From terrifed beginners to more musically challenging workshops for advanced singers and everything in between. Singing songs from Africa, Eastern Europe, Musical theatre, pop, songs to uplift, soothe the spirit.

We all have a voice, but are often too shy to use it. I work using fun techniques to set the natural voice free.

I have run the singing workshops at One World Camp every year for 10 years now.

'Carol liberates the voice for so many people -what an uplifting experience to sing in her choir!' Jenny Pepper, One World participant.

'Carol's workshops are always fun!' Ros Bellamy, One World participant

'Carol is an absolutely stunning teacher, full of energy, humour and superb musical ability' Andy Mapplebeck, Ipswich

'It's so rare to find a choir teacher that is so powerful, energetic, musical and beautiful. Carol brings so many voices together with so much love its overwhelming. It was a fantastic experience and I hope to go through it again soon' Beatriz Cabecadas, Portugal.

(Thank you so much for your comments!)


 You can contact me to arrange a singing workshop in your area.


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Other singing projects

My other choirs include the wonderful 'Melody Macs'  for Macmillans at Trafford Hospital  -this is open to anyone with any connection to MacMillan's Cancer care whether as a patient, a volunteer, a family member. We meet every other Thursday lunchtime 12:45 -1:45.

I have recently started working with the Stroke Association, creating a Manchester choir.