Folk Arts Oxford is a newly formed organisation which aims to promote folk and traditional dance, music and song in the Oxfordshire region.
FAO operates many strands of work, two of which are already established within the region; FolkinOxford.co.uk - the web resource for folk activity in Oxfordshire, and Folk Weekend Oxford - the new Oxford festival.
FAO also works collaboratively with other organisations in the area, forging links and creating opportunities for folk artists to work in education and community projects as well as showcase their talent in local events. In 2012 we worked with mental health charity Restore to provide a day of famility activities to celebrate the Jubilee, and with Oxford City Council, recommending artists to play on the folk stage of the Festive Oxford event to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Oxford. In 2013 we are working with the Ashmolean Museum to put on an evening showcasing local folk artists.
If you fancy celebrating Oxford's Christmas Light Night with a good old sing song then look no further - local community choir Rising Voices will be hosting the finale to the Oxford Folk LiveFriday at the Ashmolean, and you're all invited!
We'll be singing five traditional carols - some you may know and others might be new, but don't worry as Rising Voices' director Cat Kelly will be leading a series of workshops throughout the evening to teach each song. You don't need to be able to read music to join in, and you don't need to have any experience of singing in a choir - although there are plenty of harmony lines to try out if you feel confident enough!
You can print out words and music for the five carols by following the links on the right (or above if you are on a mobile device), and you can also listen to recordings of each part. If you know you want to take part it would be helpful to have listened to these beforehand, but it's not essential.
For further information about LiveFriday please visit www.ashmolean.org/livefriday
Folk Arts Oxford Limited is a registered company in England and Wales; company number 7950391.
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