It's a Joy to Sing!

We love singing, do you?

We run one-off choral sessions that are encouraging and fun. They are suitable for beginners and experienced singers alike. Whether you sing in a choir or in the shower you’re welcome at any of our events. Our popular whole-day workshops are now back!


Enrol online for

Sing the Season

Snowflake ball

Thursday 16 December 2021


Monday 20 Dec 2021 (Monday is now full, please email to join the waiting list)

Priory Church of St Laurence,
Blackmore CM4 0RN

More details here

am bullet

Beautifully decorated warm church; good to sing festive songs and carols.

am bullet

A stupendous day. Fantastic variety of music and plenty of time to explore it.

am bulleta superb day – the perfect antidote to the stress of the pre-Christmas period


Christine and Frances founded Arbutus Music in 2008 and have led well over 100 singing workshops together since then. 

Invigorating, fun, lively, challenging and inspiring are terms that have come up again and again in feedback from the 1000 or so participants, who range from raw beginners to experienced singers.

Christine Gwynn

Christine conducts Valentine Singers, in Redbridge, and also Writtle Singers, a chamber choir based near Chelmsford. With these choirs she has toured extensively in Europe and performed at many prestigious UK venues. She is also a very experienced accompanist and leads a weekly workshop for adult pianists.


Frances Quintrell

Frances specialises in working with adults who are new to group singing, running regular classes that enable people to explore their voice, enjoy a great new hobby and build vital choral singing skills. 

Both Frances and Christine are qualified teachers and members of the ISM.