Nina Chandler
Nina J Chandler, BSc Econ, PGDipHEd, UWE Cert Counselling, ITEC, Director of SingAwayStress. Facilitator of voice workshops in the community, bespoke courses for Business’s and end of life singing sessions in Hospice environments . Nina offers holistic 1-1 singing lessons for shy and unsure singers. She sings in the a cappella women’s trio KVIRIA performing traditional Georgian Polyphony. Nina’s love affair with the ancient Georgian singing tradition began in 1995 when she studied with ethnomusicologist, Edisher Garakanidze, at the Welsh Royal College of Music – Spring, 1995. This ancient culture’s three part harmony singing tradition has been described by UNESCO as “a masterpriece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity’. These unaccompanied songs from both the folk and sacred genres celebrate life events and have unusual and spine tingling harmonies which listeners in the West are not accustomed to. However it is these particular tunings (pre the tempered keyboard) that evoke a response in both singer and listeners alike. Many of the songs which are used in a healing context are specifically designed to be sung to young babies “cradle songs”, and healing lullabies to take childhood sickness away - “Nana’s”. These short repetitive songs employ a great many vowels and form a soothing vocal backdrop specific to their task.

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Spooky Harmonies

Why does Georgian polyphony create that spooky Feeling in both singers and listeners? Find out on August 8th when Professor Nino Kalandadze will lead a days singing workshop teaching songs from h read more

SingAwayStress

Singing is one of the ultimate &ldquobe here now&rdquo activities and sound is the first sense we develop in the womb, says world renowned baby doctor Prof Sir Robert Winston. Hearing our mother&rsqu read more

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