Singing teacher aims to spread some festive cheer
A SINGING teacher from Bishopston is looking to spread some festive cheer and raise funds for important causes at the same time, writes Keri Beckingham.
Eliza Fyfe first started playing the piano when she was seven and singing when she was 14. After she began to perform covers and start songwriting throughout her teens, she went on to study for a Commercial Music degree at Bath Spa University.
Fast forward to today and Eliza now runs a singing teaching business from a studio in the area. She started teaching nearly six years ago and manages a team of eight teachers, while teaching 35 students of her own on a one-to-one basis.
Aside from her singing teaching, Eliza also runs a community choir called Bristol Choir Brigade, and manages three bands: a soul band called Beauty and the Beats, a jazz duo called Fyfe-Stokes Duo, a soul duo called Soul Tones and an a cappella group called Chicapella.
Speaking about Bristol Choir Brigade, Eliza said: “I started running the choir in September 2016. I was keen to bring new singers together at any age or ability, to sing songs they know and love in three part harmony.
“I was very inspired by Gareth Malone, and I arrange all the songs and teach them every Wednesday at Fairfield High School. There's 40 members, of which 25-30 perform regularly at charity events or student showcases that I put on each quarter.”
With the festive season fast approaching, Eliza has organised a series of local concerts for her bands and students, with the added aim of raising money for local causes.
Two of her duos (Soul Tones and Fyfe-Stokes Duo) will be taking part in Southmead Hospital’s Buskathon in aid of Southmead Hospital Charity on Tuesday, December 4 at 12pm and Wednesday, December 12 at 2pm. She is also holding a student concert at Southmead Hospital on Sunday, December 9 at 2.30pm with piano teacher, Claire Housego, as part of North Bristol NHS Trust’s Fresh Arts programme.
In addition, Bristol Choir Brigade and some of Eliza’s students are set to perform a Christmas-themed concert at Hamilton House in Stokes Croft on Saturday, December 15 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Tickets cost £5. All funds raised are for St Mungo’s, a charity that supports the homeless, and mince pies and mulled wine will also be available.
Eliza said: “St Mungo's got in touch for us to sing at one of their events but unfortunately we were too busy to book anything further, so I offered to raise money for them with my existing event instead. I have supported Shelter in the past for Christmas as I hope the homeless are able to be well looked after during the Christmas period and during the cold.
“Local people will hopefully be inspired by the range of singers, including the solo singer, who are of all levels and ages. I'm extremely passionate about encouraging anyone and everyone to sing, and I think it spreads that belief further when people can see what the performers achieve at showcases. They put such hard work into their songs and it takes real courage to get up and sing in front of others.”
To find out more about Eliza and her upcoming concerts, visit: www.elizafyfe.com