Our choir leader
"I've lived in the Kapi Mana area for nearly two decades and love it. The beaches, the wetlands, the diversity, a great bunch of friendly people. Music is a major part of my life and I can't wait to share world song, movement and the pure joy of singing together with you, my local community. What do you say? Want a bit of fun?"
Pam Hughes has been enjoying, singing and then leading world music for more years than she cares to remember. A member of the Natural Voice Network, she believes that singing is our birthright and should be accessible to all. She says that music has become too elitist - something that is for others - those that are 'talented'. "It's sad. Many people are afraid to sing in front of others - worried they don't sound good enough. Waving away the invitation to sing saying that they are 'tone-deaf'. Nonsense! Singing is for everyone - get out there and sing loud and proud!"
Pam knows only too well how it feels to join a choir as an adult, feeling nervous and worried that your voice is not good enough. She did this herself back in 2002 after hiding her singing voice since childhood. After just one session singing at a world choir in Kapiti, she was hooked. Now, many songs, workshops, rehearsals and performances later, she is an accomplished song leader who specialises in creating a fun and safe space for singers - whether they are new to the singing scene or experienced choristers.
When she has the chance to join in the singing, Pam has a cracking alto. She also challenges herself to extend her range, allowing her to confidently sing with everyone from sopranos to bass. By following her example and practising many carefully researched vocal techniques, she can really help you get the most out of your voice. If you like singing now, you'll love it once you're ensconced in the Kapi Mana Community Choir with Pam.
Pam is also choir leader for the highly regarded Wellington choir WOSOSI, and of the woman's singing group Malenka.