An emphasis on joy, companionship, connection and inspiration runs throughout Judith’s work. Whether performing or teaching, composing or leading music in services, she always brings her own deep experience of the power and potential in singing and her passion to share these with others.
Her conviction that no-one should be denied these gifts means that her groups are open, welcoming and accepting. They focus on the simple enjoyment of learning songs and co-creating sounds, being together, celebrating and supporting, creating community.
NEWS IN BRIEF:
In the three years since her mother’s death, Judith has written this play with songs, the story of a mother and daughter navigating their relationship through the mother’s later life and death, flashing back to earlier stories and experiences. On 28th February at 3.30pm GMT, there will be a rehearsed reading of the play on Zoom. Details are here and profits will go to Dementia UK. We’ll have a volunteer ambassador, Sam Lee, with us to tell us a bit about the charity and their work.
Judith’s been invited by this new organisation to join a team of hosts providing a huge variety of online sessions for wellbeing. She’s running two online choir sessions, on Thursday mornings, 40 minutes long, beginning at 11am and 12pm. Hop onto their website to find out more and book! They’re offering a free month’s trial…
Front Room Concerts
On Thursday 24th September 2020, Judith performed her first ever solo live-streamed intimate concert with an eclectic range of songs hosted by this lovely group on Facebook. You’re warmly invited to enjoy the recording on Judith’s YouTube channel.
The Keep Connected Choir
With the unwelcome outbreak of Covid-19 has come the very welcome and heartening outbreak of online singing. Set up in March 2020, to help us stay connected during the time when we can’t meet and sing together in person, this is a warm, welcoming group, with members of the North Watford Community Choir and SOAS Choir that Judith led for many years, and a growing number of friends from far and near. You’re so welcome to join us, and geography is of course no object! All are invited, so please do come along to our Facebook Page to find out more.
Singing for the Mind
These supportive sessions for people with dementia and their carers have also now moved online and information about them can be found here. To gain more of an understanding of the group, you’re welcome to view this powerful and moving film of the group, which Judith was the original singing leader for and now co-leads. This film, called Memory Songs, was made by film director Lucy Kaye – a winner of a Pears Short Film Fund Award – and premiered in November 2016. It has been shown and received awards at a number of festivals. Lucy also very generously also made a promotional film, to give more information about the group and what we do.
SongLine Quarantine Choir/Singing Mamas
On Thursday 18th June, Judith, Cantor Zöe Jacobs and Mich Sampson, with some Companions from various groups, shared songs and reflections to raise awareness of CV and the work we do. The funds raised went towards creating some recordings for our website, http://www.companionvoices.com, so that despite not being able to visit people in person at this time, we can still bring some comfort through our singing and Companionship. The concert is still available to view from the link above (and donations are always very welcome!).
If you’re looking for lovely songs to learn or teach, have a look at this – a collection of songs taught over the last few years at Unicorn Voice Camp…
To Sing or Not to Sing: Judith Silver at TEDxRussellSquare
Judith is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network, a professional body that brings together singing leaders who share an ethos of inclusivity and belief in the right of everyone to enjoy and share the joy of singing.