Royston – Coombes Community Centre
Wednesday nights, 7.30 until 9.00 PM.
Coombes Community Centre, Burns Road, Royston, SG8 5PT
Our Royston group is only a baby, born at the start of October 2017 but already it has a great base of founding members, atmosphere and sound! The Royston group was Kerry’s first Invidia group and she has grand plans for her members – performances galore!
Like all our group venues, Coombes Community Centre is a modern space, with disabled access, parking, toilets with disabled access and of course kitchen facilities (if the Royston group manage to take a long enough break from singing to down a cuppa!).
Royston’s tutor Kerry-Jo Hodgkin is a respected jazz musician, actress and music teacher with a background in theatre. Kerry’s background in musical theatre is no surprise as the energy is palpable in her sessions – wait until you try the warm-ups!
The evening runs from 7.30pm until 9.00pm. Please arrive around 10-15 minutes early for a relaxed start. Just bring yourself and a drink of water.
Want to start singing with the Invidia Royston group? Click here to claim your 2 Free Taster Sessions and join this new and vibrant group!
If you want to find out a little bit more about our Cambridge tutor, we quizzed her for your benefit:
- Your Favourite colour: Purple & Teal.
- Your Favourite Book (or top 3 if you can’t choose!): Difficult to narrow it down to even 3 – I have a Master’s Degree in Literature, so books have been a big part of my life. However, the one I always return to is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
- Your Dream holiday destination: New York.
- Your biggest pet peeve: People who disagree with your fb post, but then expect you not to respond.
- Your tipple of choice: A virgin cocktail they do at Ronnie Scott’s called, Cuban Mistress.
- Your Childhood nickname: Kez or Kezzy (but only within my family).
- What household chore do you absolutely loathe doing? All of them.
- If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would you choose and why? 35 – in my mid-30s I really started to get to know myself and feel more confident, but it’s before a lot of the major aches and pains really set in.
- If you could choose anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would you choose as your mentor? Aretha Franklin.
- If you could learn how to do anything to the highest standard, what would it be and why? Play piano – it would be amazing for performing, writing and teaching.
- What was the first thing you bought with your own money? Two singles, Time After Time by Cyndy Lauper and Searching by Hazel Dean.
- If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? I’d like to think I’d do lots of singing practice and ear-training exercises, but I’d probably watch lots of Buffy, Firefly and Criminal Minds instead.
- If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance of winning gold for? TV Series Binge Watching.
- Your perfect weekend: Doing great gigs at The Jazz Bar in Edinburgh that my family can come to (I had a weekend just like it at the end of August, launching my new albums).
- What are the small things that make your day better? My 3 cats, Miss Marbles, Pumpkin and Babooshka – they’re small and they make every day better.
- What’s your claim to fame? I performed an a cappella version of Killer Queen on The James Whale TV show in the mid-90s with the 4-part, all-female a cappella group The Spirellas.
- What can’t you live without (apart from friends and family)? Robinsons Peach Cordial.
- What is something you think everyone should totally do at least once in their life? Spend an evening in a great jazz club.
- Apart from musical instruments, what’s worth spending more on to get the best of? Mascara.
- What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years? Spending more time studying jazz and developing my artistry.