Testimonials

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People commented that the session was fun, enjoyable and different to anything they'd done before

Emma worked with us to deliver a singing energiser at 'Thrive', a health and wellbeing event we curated for Manchester Publicity Association. She went above and beyond to provide an inspiring and uplifting session to our 200 delegates. The feedback was excellent from both our clients and all the delegates. People commented that the session was fun, enjoyable and different to anything they'd done before. They also said how quickly Emma had put them at ease. The session was described as' engaging' and 'memorable' I can highly recommend Emma from Shared Harmonies for any corporate event to add energy, motivation and inspiration
Caroline Moran, Clear, Events Company
Event Energisers

Had to be the best leadership workshop I have done in my 25 years in business, I would highly recommend.

Wow. Thank you for supporting our Leadership conference. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive in no small part due to the calibre of the workshops. Yours certainly had everyone talking afterwards and scored highest of all 7 workshops. Feedback from participants included "Had to be the best leadership workshop I have done in my 25 years in business, (private & public sector) I would highly recommend", " Just Brilliant", "Excellent- best workshop ever!", "Highlight of the conference for me" Thank you so much for supporting our day – really appreciated
Mike Gibbons, Director of External Relations, Manchester Metropolitan University
Leadership training

The event was well received, engaging and a lot of fun!

A member of my team suggested we use ‘Shared Harmonies’ for a work event to build relationships amongst the group. Honestly speaking, I was a bit nervous about the reaction we would get trying to convince 30 people that singing would help to inspire teamwork. I needn’t have been! Emma was fantastic at encouraging everyone to participate. The event was well received, engaging and a lot of fun! Comments from the team included: “It helped me see that when the team come together, we can make great things happen”, “I want to start every day with the positivity I feel now” and “Today, I’ve learned something new about people I have worked with for years”. Thank you so much for a brilliant session; Shared Harmonies is highly recommended by Nissan.
Rachel Turgoose,Senior Controller, Production Control, Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd
Teambuilding

We had so much fun and I believe it’s had a lasting impact on our team

“We invited Emma to run a workshop at our annual general meeting with our entire staff. We kept it a complete secret from everyone, to get the full enjoyment of seeing the looks on everyone’s faces when Emma told them that we were going to sing together! Emma has this incredible ability to win people over, through the warm up you’re gradually singing together and not even aware what you’re actually doing, next thing you know you’re singing in 4 piece harmony! It was really powerful, to get everyone together and create something like that. To sing out at the top of your voice you have to have full trust that your team are going to do it with you, it was really emotive. We had so much fun and I believe it’s had a lasting impact on our team.
Northern Monk, Brewery Manager
Teambuilding

Everyone really enjoyed this activity and buzzing after the event.

“Shared Harmonies was invited along to our half year sales meeting to support a team networking activity, With new members of the team present it was a great opportunity to get to know people and break down barriers. Emma built up trust within the group that allowed everyone to relax and join in the session. It showed the true value of putting trust in someone and that person ensuring they maintain your trust by encouraging you to try new things but not force it.

The session really made people sit up and think that individually they are good but together they can make an amazing team. Everyone really enjoyed this activity and buzzing after the event. Thanks to Emma and the amazing work she continues to deliver.
Hermes, Hermes Manager
Teambuilding

A liberating experience and one we’d definitely recommend for teams and businesses...

The workshop delivered by Shared Harmonies was a really great experience. Going out of your comfort zone can be a real challenge, but as soon we got going, we enjoyed every single moment of it! The exercise requires you to work in small groups, whilst knowing that you’re part of something larger and making an impact on the overall performance. It was amazing what we achieved as a group in a fairly short space of time – and very few of us could sing! A liberating experience and one we’d definitely recommend for teams and businesses to have some fun whilst doing something constructive towards team spirit.
Right Fuel Card Company, Director
Teambuilding
We found your session very valuable, your passion inspiring and think you are supporting a very good cause.
Pinsent Masons
Manager

We all came away feeling much happier and we valued each other’s contribution to the teamwork.

As a Senior Leadership Team we work so hard and have many different challenges and thought it would be really good to do some team-building exercises. It provided a real bond for the group. You could see at the end the group really trusting each other and expressing their voices. To see colleagues who you normally see across a boardroom letting themselves go was good fun. I thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so I might even join a singing group. We all came away feeling much happier and we valued each other’s contribution to the teamwork.
Bradford College, Principle & Senior Manager, Bradford College
Teambuilding

Everyone really enjoyed this activity and buzzing after the event.

As part of the MMU staff wellbeing initiative we wanted an activity and something different that would offer some light relief and fun at the end of the day, we wanted to include everyone and thought about several options before coming up with ‘ singing’ which is known to enhance good health, be great fun and bring a whole new social network! Emma’s ‘Shared Harmonies’ approach to an all-inclusive choir that absolutely anyone can join (with no auditions or ability to read music) to come along and sing each week is just perfect for MMU and has proven to be hugely popular and a great success. Emma herself enthuses confidence, fun and easily within moments has everyone smiling and singing! For those curious, or unsure – I would HIGHLY recommend it. Not only for your own benefit and wellbeing, but also to support a fantastic cause in Shared Harmonies.
MMU
Workplace wellbeing

Participants loved the facilitator and we will definitely make more use of Shared Harmonies on our courses

“The process which Shared Harmonies designed for us was very effective, probably one of the best creative sessions we have had on Common Purpose. It exceeded our brief in terms of how quickly she made participants willing and able to get out of their comfort zone. Participants loved the facilitator and we will definitely make more use of Shared Harmonies on our courses”

“Emma ran a highly engaging workshop for us as part of our emerging leaders programme, the streetwise mba. The workshop was good fun and very well run. It took many of the participants out of their comfort zones and helped the group to bond. In the wrap-up, Emma helped make connections to the leadership themes that were central to our programme.”
Elizabeth Cole, Senior Programme Manager; Common Purpose
Leadership Training

It was a beautiful, creative and effective team building event

Shared Harmonies provided an afternoon’s team building for the trustees of my synagogue in the form of a singing workshop. The workshop started with eight timid Brits not wanting to sing, and ended in a beautiful round of harmony singing and everyone amazed at what they achieved. It was a beautiful, creative and effective team building event, and all down to the facilitators skills
Sinai Synagogue, Senior Board Member
Teambuilding

She has a unique ability to draw the best out of people and to get them to fully focus on the task and her without feeling compromised and embarrassed.

I recently ran an Away Day for my Senior Management Team. As part of this I wanted to include a team building activity that was completely different and had a link to Wellbeing. I worked with Emma on some ideas to include a singing activity that was linked into the content of our training day and also enabled me to focus on team goals and develop appropriate and manageable strategies to achieve them. Despite a few worried looks at the beginning when they found out they would be singing! My team got so much out of the session and most importantly we had a lot of fun and sounded amazing!

The part that Emma delivered on the Away Day was outstanding. She has a unique ability to draw the best out of people and to get them to fully focus on the task and her without feeling compromised and embarrassed. She is professional and extremely talented. I would recommend Emma and Shared Harmonies to any organisation wanting to provide something really different either as part of an Away Day, Team Building or as a stand-alone Wellbeing activity.
Emma Avhede, Managing Director; HÄLSA WELLBEING Ltd
Workplace wellbeing, Teambuilding

The feedback from the teams was really positive

“I booked Shared Harmonies following the experience I had at my previous workplace. Although my initial reaction to your introduction and the idea of singing filled me with dread, my team really loved the session and I felt it brought the organisation together in a fun and interactive way. Being new in post at Swarthmore, I wanted to do something at Christmas which would be team focussed, but not in a traditional and obvious way. The feedback from the teams was really positive”
Chris Baillie, Director; Swarthmore Education Centre
Teambuilding

Participant testimonials

I would encourage anyone thinking of joining the choir to try it out

As someone new to a choir, I was nervous about singing with others. I found Emma’s teaching style very supportive and encouraging. I’ve been to the choir for several months now and find the sessions uplifting and my confidence in signing in a group has increased enormously. I would encourage anyone thinking of joining the choir to try it out, I’m sure you will feel better for getting involved
Keith Miller; Head of International in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, MMU Workplace choir

It definitely sharpens the memory skills

Many thanks to Emma for the invigorating singing sessions. We learn how to breathe, to listen attentively, and to enjoy the sound of our own voices. Singing without notes feels very natural and it definitely sharpens the memory skills.
Stephanie Aldred, Senior Lecturer, MMU Workplace Choir

I would encourage anyone thinking of joining the choir to try it out

Singing has always been part of my life. It’s that part of my life that always “flows”: it happens without an effort, like something that is a core part of who I am, and it makes me feel complete. I found out about the MMU staff choir last Autumn. Joining it has been a great joy! Having the chance of been part of a choir that I can get to at the end of my working- day, without the hassle of moving around the city makes it even better. Thursday afternoon is the moment when I fully unplug from all sort of technology and communication means (phone, computer, email, social media), when I can breathe deep, and share with people whom I would have never known they existed. It’s the time of the week when I can be sure that whatever happens (silly or awesome) we will all share a (safe) laugh or be the witnesses of our collective success.

People generally think that to be part of a choir you have to have a “great voice”. I think that is extra. To be part of a choir, especially one like this one, what a person needs is to get a bit of courage to give themselves a chance to try it and give the other members of the choir the opportunity to make them feel safe and secure. It is not always easy to get out of one’s comfort zone and feel exposed, as it happens when joining a choir, but it is always worth to give it a good try!!
Maria, MMU Workplace Choir

You feel really uplifted when you finish

I was in a choir when I was younger and I’ve always really enjoyed singing. I find it a bit of escapism, you come on your dinner and you have such a good time. Everyone’s really friendly, encouraging and supportive of one another. You feel really uplifted when you finish
Participant, Irwin Mitchell Workplace Choir

It’s taught in a really easy way to learn.

I was really intrigued to come along as I like singing but have never been part of a choir before. I found it really easy to join in with and pick up. It’s taught in a really easy way to learn. I like that when we’re here, it doesn’t matter what level of the firm we come from or what our day jobs are, we’re all just singing and we’re in it together. And we actually sound really good! It makes me feel energised for the afternoon
Participant, Irwin Mitchell Workplace Choir
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