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Steve Flashman

steve flashmanSteve is the founder of Community Choirs UK.

He has a long track record as a professional musician, songwriter and recording artist, writing and recording over 100 songs on 9 albums.  He has also worked in media as a radio and television presenter, performing on ITV and the BBC in England as well as TV Stations across Europe.

As an author, he has published several books including “The Theft Of The Purple Plug” and “Carnival To The Aquadome” – fantasy fiction books for young adults. He has travelled the world as a Singer/Songwriter, and performed in hundreds of venues across the world, from the Streets of San Francisco, to the slums of Calcutta; Wembley Arena in London, England (the home of English football) to schools, prisons and clubs around Europe; The Marquee Club in Soho, where some of the most famous bands in the world have performed, to the Barrios of South America; the Killing Fields of Cambodia to the Kibera Slum in Nairobi; the Royal Albert Hall in London, England to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona; Mainstage Greenbelt and other festivals including Spring Harvest.

Emma Eberhardt

Emma Eberhardt (nee Barnes) has been conducting the choir for the last four years. She started whilst studying Music Performance and conducting at the University of Chichester, one of the largest specialist music departments in the country. She is a highly regarded singer who has taken important roles, and represented the university abroad. She also undertook special studies in Conducting as part of a national programme.

After Emma graduated in 2016, she was in prime position to take on the role of Choir Director and Conductor , when Choir founder Steve moved away. She also took on Steve’s other choirs in the local area. Steve continues to be involved at a distance by writing arrangements for new songs and providing rehearsal videos free to members to use on this web-site. He also runs two Community Choirs near where he lives a few miles out of Oxford.

At weekly rehearsals Emma is  assisted by choir member Sue Lindars, herself an experienced performer and accompanist

It All Started With A Dream!

After watching  a creative arrangement of  “Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah” performed by a welsh choir using lighting effects and pyrotechnics, Steve had a dream that same night and woke up singing the hymn, much to the surprise of his wife, Sarah! The next day he felt “called” to start a community choir. So after a leaflet drop in the local area, 35 people people came to the first rehearsal. Now, 3 years on, Steve directs the New Community Choir, one of the biggest choirs in the UK with a membership capped at 200 people and a long waiting list!

Community Choirs UK is born!

Now Steve is building on the success of his New Community Choir, by taking the same model into other towns and cities, giving more people an opportunity to find their voice in a community setting.

“Community Choirs UK is not just about singing, although we do a lot of it! It’s about meeting people, finding new friends with a common interest, growing in confidence, finding a voice, caring for one another, performing songs we love to sing and raising money for charity.” Steve Flashman

He brings a variety of life experiences into his choir directing.

Steve arranges all the songs and teaches his choirs by his “sing and repeat” method. It is not necessary for choir members to read music although Steve will teach the rudiments of musical composition during the course of his direction. He will also teach performance techniques such as, “Vocal Coaching”; “How to Use A Microphone”; “Stage Presence”; “Visualisation”; “Body Language In Performance”; “Connecting With Your Audience” etc. Steve draws on his years of experience as a performer and singer/songwriter in his choir direction methods.

You will learn new arrangements of classic pop, rock, gospel and soul songs that you will love to sing – and we will record all the vocal arrangements on videos for you to watch outside of rehearsal times. All these will be available in a private members area of the website.

Charity Work In Some Of The Poorest Locations On Earth.

Steve was Founder and International Director of Soapbox Expeditions, which became one of the biggest Short Term Service Agencies in Europe, taking 300 people a year on practical aid and mission projects to some of the poorest locations on earth. Volunteer teams built clinics, school classrooms and feeding centres and worked with street kids living in desperate conditions. Now Steve, together with his wife Sarah, and with the support of Trustees, runs On The Box Mission, supporting the work of Pastor Evans and Rose working with children living in the Kibera Slum Nairobi. OTBM support a 500 strong school. The charity is also working in 2014 with David Kereto, a Maasai warrior friend building a rescue centre for children in Narok and also with Lucy and Andrew Amukowa, who run a school for under privileged children in Kakamega, Kenya.

If you want to know the whole story…

Steve is now Vicar of two parish churches near Oxford, and runs two choirs under the Community Choirs UK banner – one in his home parish of Quainton and another in nearby Waddesdon.

Steve’s “Community Choirs” are not “religious” and are open to anyone, with no strings attached.

If you would like to find out more about how you can be part of a Community Choir, fill in the Contact Form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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