The Chalk Circle Collective

The Chalk Circle Collective is: Sally Davies, Pauline Down, Joanna Foster, Kirsty Martin, Martina Schwarz and Rowena Whitehead.

Kirsty Martin is a ‘choral activist’ – composer, song arranger, workshop leader and Natural Voice teacher. She is Musical Director for Hullabaloo Community Quire in Brighton and Raise the Roof in London. She has worked with Oysterband and Lucy Ward, to name a couple, and her vocal music is sung by community singers nationwide.

Martina Schwarz creates and performs music for theatre, film and dance, leads community choirs and performs as an accordionist/ singer solo as well as in different musical formations, including the versatile duo Bow & Bellows. She won the national composer’s competition for accordion twice. Martina has released songbooks & CDs for children and tours her songs worldwide.

Pauline Down is a singer, musician, composer and founder member of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network with a passion for promoting and developing singing and arts in health practice nationally. She leads community and work based choirs in South Wales. With a background in community theatre, as musical director and performer, she also currently performs with acappella trio Bread and Roses and storytelling duo ‘Adlais’.

Rowena Whitehead is a singer, choir leader and voice teacher. She sings with quartet No Strings Attached and leads choirs and singing for health groups in Cambridge. She’s a founder member of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network and leads workshops and singing leader training residentials throughout the UK and beyond . She is Musical Director of Talking in Tune Community Music.

Sally Davies is a singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Her music for theatre has been performed at venues up and down the country including at Sadlers Wells, the South Bank and the Edinburgh Festival. She performs regularly as half of the duo, Bow and Bellows and she directs the Wing-It Singers in Hackney and the Cecil Sharp House Choir in Camden for whom she has arranged a large body of Folk Songs.

Joanna Foster is an actress, singer, composer. Acting includes RSC, RNT and recently The Bible Ch 5. Her song cycle Visions of 7 premiered at The Arcola Theatre in 2007. Currently composing for Arts Council funded ‘Breathe’ project at The Royal Brompton Hospital with the Singing for Breathing group and artist Jayne Wilton, she writes and performs with acapella group Anima and co runs Hackney Voices Community Choir with Cleo Bayley.