Sing, sing, sing to your heart's content!
20th January 2020
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Festive Season done.  Dry January almost completed.  What next?  How about something to keep you happy, healthy and in excellent voice?  Sing to your heart’s content!  


  • Can strengthen the immune system
  • Is a good physical workout
  • Improves your posture
  • Helps with sleep
  • Is a natural anti-depressant
  • Can widen your circle of friends 
  • Boost your confidence 
  • Broaden your communication skills 

What’s not to like!

Where can you try out singing  in a safe, warm and friendly environment? Try The  International Voice Orchestra.  The International Voice Orchestra (IVO) has moved its venue, day and time to 4.45pm (to meet and greet) at Victoria Baptist Church in Eldon Road, Eastbourne.  IVO is open to anyone aged over 16 and the new time means that people can make it along after work, college or school or maybe before starting an evening shift. 

IVO is unique in Eastbourne because, although it sings traditional British songs too, it’s main emphasis is on singing songs from around the world. Yes! The group  does sing in different languages and welcomes people from different places / cultures to bring authenticity to its repertoire. With its excellent Musical Director and Voice Coach, Lena Holt in charge everyone is in good hands.  Lena teaches techniques that help to strengthen your voice and improve your vocal range. She is also extraordinarily clever at arranging songs that suit different abilities so no-one feels out of their comfort zone.

Kate Heesom, now a Co-Director of Creative Force, has found a new direction by joining the IVO. 

“I joined IVO 4 years ago, not having sung since being in the choir in junior school! I can't hit a note and am tone deaf, so obviously I'm not a great asset, but I was made very welcome and I absolutely love it.”

“Since then I have become a director of Creative Force which is a whole new area for me as I'm definitely not a creative but again I find it really fascinating and it has opened up whole new areas of interest to me.”

“Recently I have taken over some of the admin of IVO, including organising the new venue at Victoria Baptist Church and contacting the singers. It feels like a huge responsibility but, because everyone is so welcoming and appreciative, it’s just feels like sorting out a social event for your friends!”

The International Voice Orchestra meets every Tuesday during school term at Victoria Baptist Church, 7 Eldon Road, Eastbourne BN21 1UE at 4.45pm, singing from 5.00pm to 6.15pm. Suggested donation £6 per session or, for people on limited incomes, whatever you can afford.

The new recruits welcoming event is on Tuesday 11th February 2020.  You can just turn up or you can contact Creative Force, the IVO’s founding company, beforehand at or by calling 07432 678228.

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