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.
Teach na nAmhrán/The Song House
Over the last 2 years she has fulfilled a dream of a lifetime, by living half the year in Ireland, renovating and developing an inspirational retreat centre in wilds of Co Donegal, Ireland. She runs singing holidays and choir leadership trainings there, and it is available for other groups to use too. More information at www.thesonghouseireland.com.
From 2013 - 2015 Candy developed The Trowbridge Song Project, with two aims: one was 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 entire oral history collection is also archived at The Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, http://www.wshc.eu/.
The other was building friendship and community between people from many countries, by sharing their songs. We had 3 big concerts, with acts from Africa, Eastern Europe, Turkey, Jamaica, Tibet, Poland, Guyana, and massed choirs involving hundreds of singers. You can see videos on YouTube.
For more information, go to www.trowbridgesongproject.co.uk
Watch an inspirational film about the project by Samiha Abdeljebar here: http://trowbridgesongproject.co.uk/about/wings-of-song-film/
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's inspirational choir ‘Sounding It Out’ , which she directed over 7 years, continues under the leadership of Caroline Radcliffe.
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 The Song House, Co Donegal, Singing holidays- Singing on the Wild Side; Soul Soundings; Community Choir Leadership Trainings. She is in regular demand throughout the UK and mainland Europe. She is a member of the Natural Voice Network.