Hello from The Singing Elf

Rebecca McGarvie, The Singing Elf
Rebecca McGarvie, The Singing Elf

Hello! I’m Rebecca McGarvie, Director of The Singing Elf Social Enterprise. 

I’m a vocal tutor and event manager based near Durham in north east England. I run group singing workshops, courses and events for adults. I specialise in working with complete beginners; people who love to sing but aren't sure if they can! Singing has always been a huge part of my life and I believe it’s a lifelong journey; it’s never too early or too late to start and there’s no such thing as ‘I can’t sing’ – everyone has a voice, some people just need a little more help to find it. I decided to call myself The Singing Elf because I believe that elves are energetic, cheeky and just a little bit magical. I’m definitely not a traditional tutor, I like to mix things up and keep everyone (including me) on my toes, so I guess being an Elf just suits me.

The Singing Elf Social Enterprise

The Singing Elf is a Social Enterprise Company Limited by Guarantee. Our trading objectives are charitable and the company works as a ‘not-for-profit’ social enterprise, using our revenues to subsidise sessions and community events. Our objectives are to celebrate community singing and creativity, strive to include everyone, create outstanding experiences, challenge perceptions about singing, and inspire a collective love of singing to unite communities. We have a small team of staff, including our Director Rebecca McGarvie, Project Manager and Vocal Tutor Rob Guest and Vocal Tutor Rachael Elf. We also have an amazing team of volunteers who help us deliver all our projects.

The Singing Elf Team at Pop Decades Gig
Rebecca, Rob & Rachael - The Singing Elf Team

Our Core Values

Celebrate community
singing & creativity

in a non-competitive, supportive environment, welcoming all abilities

Strive to
include everyone

addressing barriers such as health, confidence, social isolation and finance

outstanding experiences

by delivering high quality, impactful workshops, events and festivals

Dare to be
challenge perceptions, disrupt traditional attitudes and kick-start new ideas

Energise &
through a collective love of singing and its power to unite communities

Build supportive
with participants and the wider community

Rainbow Voices: A Project of Hope

Rainbow Voices

Rainbow Voices is 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.

Hire us 

We have activities and workshops available to hire. We deliver sessions that are tailored to each group and focus on the enjoyment of group singing. We lead sessions for groups of adults in a variety of settings including:

  • Ladies & WI Groups
  • Church & Community Groups
  • Conferences
  • Training Days
  • Celebration Events
  • Fundraising Events
Pimm's & Needles Northallerton - Ladies Group
Pimm's & Needles Northallerton - Ladies Group
Elf Workshop Hetton Board Room (500x328)
The Singing Elf
The Singing Elf Warm Up

Unity Choir

Unity is a community choir for adults who love to sing but aren't sure if they're any good! We welcome all abilities including complete beginners and 'I can't' singers as well as returning voices. We sing a wide range of uplifting, feel-good music in a wide range of musical styles that put a smile on our faces. I'm incredibly lucky to lead such a friendly, hard-working and open bunch of humans. We challenge, encourage and support each other, constantly pushing ourselves to achieve things we never thought we would. Our weekly sessions are full of laughter and help to replenish my soul even during the toughest of weeks.
Find out more about Unity

Unity Choir, led by The Singing Elf, Summer Gala, The Hetton Centre, July 2018
Celebrations after Unity's Summer Gala Peformance 2018

Durham Big Sing

On Thursday 12th March 2020 we took the difficult decision to postpone Durham Big Sing until May 2021. Please read further details here.

Find out more about Durham Big Sing.

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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