Robyn brings diverse groups of people together to connect with their community, their own musical heritage and experience a shared joy of music and song that is both empowering and fulfilling. As a song leader, teacher and arranger, she has worked extensively with a range of community groups and has many years of experience as a music facilitator within health and care settings. She is currently based in Edinburgh where she is Musical Director of folk choir, Sangstream and Harmonise choir. Her work with charities such as Live Music Now and Parkinson’s UK brings musical engagement to vulnerable groups who need it most.
Harmonise Community Choir
Harmonise is an a cappella mixed voice singing group, singing songs of all musical styles, from around the world.
We welcome adults of all ages to share our joy of singing and harmony. Some members read music and others do not, so we mainly learn songs by ear. Our annual concerts are always a great way to share our music with the wider community, and to raise money for charity.
There are no auditions, just the desire to join in the uplifting experience of singing with others. This choir is led by Robyn Stapleton and Rachel Howell.
When: Mondays – 7-9pm
Where: Columcille Centre, Morningside, Edinburgh
Sangstream Community Choir
Sangstream Scots Folk Choir sing mainly Scottish folk songs, both traditional and modern. The choir is open to everyone and there is no audition to join. Sangstream aims to give people the opportunity to learn about and to share Scots songs and traditions, and carry these songs out into the wider community.
When: Thursdays – 7-9pm
Where: James Gillespie’s High School, Edinburgh
Scottish Song and Beyond
This fun and friendly group enjoy learning a wide range of folk songs from all around the world. This class focuses on training the voice through enjoyable exercises and rewarding harmonies, without the need to read music. Suitable for complete beginners as well as experienced singers – there are different degrees of difficulty in the class so that you can work at a pace which suits you.
When: Wednesdays – 10.30am – 12.30pm
Where: St Michael’s Church, Slateford Road, Edinburgh
Parkinson’s UK – Singing4Fun
We sing for fun and enjoyment as well as to improve health and wellbeing. Our singing builds friendships and laughter is guaranteed! Sessions include rounds, part harmonies, traditional songs, jazz numbers, ballads and songs from around the globe. No prior singing experience is required. Singing4Fun is not only for people with Parkinson’s – anyone who wants to sing is welcome. You don’t have to commit to coming every week and are welcome to drop in when you can.
When: Wednesdays – 7-9pm
Where: Bellevue Chapel, Rodney Street, Edinburgh