Song Dynasty Music Events is based in the Byron Shire in the Northern Rivers of NSW Australia, a beautiful region with a strong, vibrant and creative community.
We provide opportunities for people to sing – either regularly, once a week, (Janet Swain’s Big Sing) or in workshops and retreats. We offer a cappella choirs, circle singing and improvisation groups, as well as training choirs and performance opportunities for kids.
Janet’s teaching style is uplifting, original, earthy, energetic and powerful. She also works regularly with local singers and fabulous teachers Adrian Williams Brett, and her brother Andrew Swain.
Creating sustainable community is at the heart of what we do. Apart from the well documented benefits of singing for health and wellbeing, and even increasing your love hormones, we know that singing creates a shared emotional experience, and increases social bonding. We see this every week in our classes as people leave feeling a deep sense of well being and connectedness.
We also create performance opportunities, and present high quality concerts and events. Part of our work is discovering interesting and unusual venues and performance styles. Our in house chamber choir, Dynasty8, directed by Elizabeth Swain, is well known for presenting high quality chamber concerts that invite audiences to deepen their listening experience.
Janet also teaches privately, and her classes are especially good for people who are seeking to rediscover and connect with their own unique voice.
In June 2019 we organised the inaugural Festival of the Voice – Song Story and Celebration – in collaboration with Brunswick Picture House – 24 concerts, musicals & workshops, 9 days, 2 venues….in the seaside town of Brunswick Heads.
“Imagine … a world where every city, town, and neighbourhood had a community choir, one where the music of many cultures and faiths was celebrated. Imagine … a non-auditioned choir in your community where all were welcome. Imagine … that this choir could support and engage in powerful community-based activities!”
“In light of mounting concerns about loneliness and isolation and the increasingly urgent search for solutions, it is fascinating that people seem to be returning to an interest in connecting with one another through singing. The evidence indicates that our singing ancestors might have held a key to better social well-being.”
Janet Swain, is a singer, songwriter, teacher and workshop leader, knows that one of the ways to live in the magic of life is to sing – singing and song and sound are all ways to experience magic. the magic of frequency, of vibration, of connection with oneself and others.
It’s a sad fact that many people were told as kids that they shouldn’t sing. It is crippling and a reflection of our obsessively goal oriented society that is so deeply ingrained.
I grew up singing with my brother and my parents – by the age of 6 or 7 we were singing 4 part harmony – mainly American folk songs – as we travelled around Europe. It was a normal as breathing.
In my mid twenties I did a year long breath work training course – which showed me the power of sound in the expression of deep hurts and pain. Since then, I have always started choirs wherever I have lived – from Katoomba to Sydney to Singapore to Kuwait to Byron Bay where I now live.
I have run workshops and residential camps, worked with kids and adults, run choirs for migrants and seniors, and all this time I have been developing a style of my own. And so all my choir experience is now being used to work with groups, large and small, who want to simply sing. It is great fun, it is wonderful community building work, it is about listening, responding, playing, fitting in, stepping out – it is a profoundly creative experience, and afterwards we all feel uplifted, inspired, connected and happy.