About Candy Verney

Creating communities through singing

Candy Verney's passion is to inspire and create, through singing, a sense of harmony which gives an experience beyond the ordinary.

For the last 2 years Candy’s focus has been on developing and directing The Trowbridge Song Project, that has 2 prongs: one is collecting and archiving for posterity stories of migration from people who have arrived to live in Trowbridge from diverse shores, but now call this Wiltshire town home. You can hear short audios from these stories on Soundcloud. The other is building friendship and community between people from many countries, by sharing their songs. We have had 2 big concerts, with acts from Africa, Eastern Europe, Turkey, Jamaica, Tibet, Poland, Guyana, and gathering involving hundreds of singers. You can see videos on YouTube.
For more information, go to www.trowbridgesongproject.co.uk

Candy is a skilled facilitator excelling in breaking down barriers and creating unity through singing. Over time Candy has gained extensive experience in developing harmonious teams using the voice, working with a wide spectrum of individuals including businesses, universities, hospitals (staff and patients) social services and education.

Over 15 years Candy developed and directed a group of 5 choirs in Bath and West Wiltshire called "Singing in the Round", that joined together to celebrate seasonal festivals in special places. This has been the catalyst for many other choirs forming, so that now every town in the area has a community choir. Candy now leads ‘Sounding It Out’ choir, drawing singers from Bristol, Bath and West Witlshire who perform and work together to bring together communities locally and internationally.

Group singing has a power unlike any other to bind people together. More traditional communities have known this, and we are rediscovering this today. Singing has the power to build bridges between cultures and communities with differing world views. This is a common theme in all the work Candy does.

Candy’s work encompasses Singing holidays; Soul Soundings; Community choirs teachers trainings; Choir leader development; singing projects; choirs and workshops. She is in regular demand throughout the UK and mainland Europe. She is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners Network.