Caroline Bithell

Sat 15 February 10.00am - 12.00pm, The Queens Hall

Caroline is professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Manchester and a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network. Her book A Different Voice, A Different Song: Reclaiming Community Through the Natural Voice and World Song explores the intersecting histories of the natural voice and community choir movements and the explosion of interest among amateur singers in singing songs from different cultures. Caroline’s workshops draw on her deep understanding of the function and meaning of music-making in different parts of the world, together with her long experience as a choir and workshop leader. She has a particular interest in oral traditions of multi-part singing and has spent many years studying singing styles and repertoires in Corsica and Georgia. The songs in her workshops will be taught by ear and will be spiced with stories from her travels.


In this workshop we will learn a selection of multi-part songs from Corsica, the Mediterranean island celebrated for its unique polyphonic style with its richly ornamented melodies and thrilling harmonies. Along the way you will gain an insight into the part played by these songs in the lives of the Corsican people, past and present. Caroline cherishes the time she spent living in Corsica with her family in the mid-1990s. Her research that began with a PhD on the revival of traditional music culminated in her book Transported by Song: Corsican Voices from Oral Tradition to World Stage. We hope that you, too, will be transported by your encounter with the Corsican sound and spirit!