Yvette Staelens is a natural voice practitioner, choir director and workshop leader based in Somerset who works internationally, most recently with choirs in Sydney, Australia. She directs the ‘Voice of the People’ Choirs and most recently a new Community Choir at the Brewhouse Arts Centre in Taunton.
Yvette is an also an archaeologist and a Senior Teaching Fellow at Bournemouth University Bournemouth University Faculty of Science and Technology. Her research interests focus upon intangible cultural heritage, specifically folk songs of Somerset and the west country. You can find some of the outputs of the work online as a series of folk maps for Somerset, Gloucestershire, and Hampshire. ‘(see links below).
Connecting to landscape, the ancestors and to each other is her passion and she does this through walking the land and listening, sharing, and holding space for others to journey with her, integrating song and found sounds. This calling has led her to facilitation of the ground-breaking ‘Human Henge’ project, a wellbeing and research project predicated upon the idea that Stonehenge was, and is, a place for healing. Yvette is a Goddess lover and believes that everyone can sing and loves to deliver workshops that uplift and open the heart space in a sharing, caring environment.