Welcome to The Singing Elf
Hi, I’m Rebecca McGarvie, the founder of The Singing Elf!
We are a Social Enterprise based in Pittington, near Durham City. Pre-COVID we ran live singing events, our community choir Unity rehearsed weekly in Hetton and we were organising our festival – Durham Big Sing, due to involve 2,000 singers in May 2020.
Since March 2020 we have been running an online singing programme and have welcomed hundreds of singers to our upbeat, super friendly Zoom sessions, helping them get to grips with the techie stuff along the way. We sing songs that can’t help but put a smile on your face and will leave you uplifted and energised. We welcome all voices, no experience is necessary. Our community choir Unity host free online sessions every Tuesday evening.
Our latest project is called Rainbow Voices - a creative project, bursting with colour and full of hope. Launched on 23rd March 2021 to mark the anniversary of the 1st national lockdown, the project will work across several local areas and continue into summer ‘21. Rainbow Voices aims to help our community reflect on our experience this past year, reconnect with each other and begin the process of rebuilding in life after lockdown.
The project will ‘bring back the rainbow’ in our local communities, providing free, family-friendly crafts to residents within our funded areas and encouraging everyone to fill their windows with colour. Hundreds of handmade greetings cards will also be sent with messages of hope to those in our communities who may be lonely or need cheering up.
Rainbow Voices is part of The Singfulness Project, which we launched in Summer 2020 as a new programme of creative and mindful activities designed to help people ‘find their happy’, along with moments of calm during these challenging times.
Since then, over 100 people have taken part in our live online sessions and 250 people have joined The Singfulness Community on Facebook. Our incredible team of volunteers have packed over 200,000 craft bits for our activity packs to make 500 Summer, 1,000 Winter and 2,000 Rainbow Packs! We can't wait to see where this incredible project takes us next.
©2019 The Singing Elf
The Singing Elf Ltd, Trading as The Singing Elf Social Enterprise, Company No. 12246373.
Registered Office: The Old Rectory, The Broadway, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4 4BB, United Kingdom