Catherine Pestano

Community Music & Singing workshop leader

Based in
Croydon, London Borough of Croydon, United Kingdom
Also teaches in Love to travel. Recipients of the inaugural ISMEGibson award for community music for a project in Serbia.

Rates: varies depending on funding available if we can subsidise.

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Catherine Pestano is a community musician and Chair of the National Development agency for community music, Sound Sense. She runs a Free your voice community choir in Croydon. She was inspired in this work by Frankie Armstrong and the Natural Voice Practitioners Network (Google Sound Sense music and NVPN for more info).

Catherine leads a small group CRISP which provides diverse community music services to children and adults who can tend to be excluded in different ways, and currently provides services in Croydon's PRUs and for refugees, Looked After Children and unaccompanied minors. She welcomes approaches to do other interesting and socially purposeful work and can help put bids together. She also runs a specialist mental health music service.

Catherine leads training for community music facilitators and, for this and the work of CRISP, was inspired by Phil Mullen and also Rod Paton. More details available about all of the above please email [email protected] She lectures and runs workshops for Goldsmiths College, Greenwich University and MusicLeader.

Group Classes

Free your Voice

No skill or experience needed. Braying Donkeys welcome, we can help!

Contact us for the early bird prices and details of other drop-ins and one off workshops such as our spiritual chant sessions, hope to see you at something soon.

Venue is close to transport (Train, bus, tram).

It's a: 
Green Dragon pub top of Surrey St market, upstairs
Croydon, London, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
7th Sept 10 weeks 6.30 - 8 pm
Adult ed rates (£61.50/ 45)


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.


We want everyone to experience the joy of creative music making and expect all participants to operate with kindness and respect towards each other. Sometimes we work with people who find this difficult at first and we are able to support them. We aim to keep everyone in the group no matter how challenging and projects will be staffed to accommodate this. We provide a professional service for professional rate! But you can always check if we have funding to bring to the table.

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