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 on hold until it is safe to resume, but in the meantime…

Singing with us on Zoom
Dates for 2021


Thursday 4 March –  Fireside Japes
Thursday 11 February 
Saturday 23 January

More details here

It’s not the same as an in-person session but it is fun, there are plenty of songs to sing and lots of people to chat to.

am bulletIt was lovely to see you again and to sing along. Singing with others is the thing I’m missing most in the lockdown.

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

am bulletI can’t remember when I last enjoyed myself so much.

Fireside Carol Singing

We’re so grateful to our 72 households who raised £870 for the food distribution charity The Felix Project at this event. Well done everyone!

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.