ACE Voices empowers people to believe in their voice and inspire others to do the same in the North-East of Scotland, UK and further afield. Since its foundation in September 2011, ACE Voices has evolved into an inspiring network of creative projects, partnerships and communities involving 5000+ people of all ages in the North-East of Scotland, UK and further afield.
Our core mission involves empowering people to believe in their voice by facilitating transformative community spaces in which people feel empowered to let their own voice flow freely, purposefully and confidently, support others to do the same, and listen to and trust the whispery voice inside that guides them towards living their most authentic and meaningful life possible!
We believe that each and every person has a unique voice worth hearing, and that our voices encompass our whole sense of expression whether through singing, dance, storytelling, drumming, drawing, free-play, being outdoors, sports, the arts or any other medium of expression.
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ACE Fundraising Party @ Airyhall Community Centre :)!! Thank-you so much to everyone from our youth choirs who took part in and supported this event on the 28th January! A great deal of dancing and singing fun was had by all, and we successfully launched our fundraising campaign for our ACE tour to Madison and USA in 2019, raising £230 on the night! A fab start! Also, it was brilliant to see members from our different groups mixing and having fun together, sowing the seeds for future ACE gatherings and events - watch this space! Many, many thanks to the wonderful team from Quirky Discos for leading the disco dancing on the night! Craig, Kate, Glen and Shona, you are ACE at what you do! Thank-you! Also, we're really grateful for the generous support from Caroline and the Airyhall Community Centre team - what a great local venue! Finally, very well done to Annie Dyer, one of our Airyhall ACE Seniors, who has accepted the new role of ACE Voices Official Photographer! After showing a lot of interest, skill and commitment in taking photos of the Seniors during the past year, I offered this opportunity to her, and she immediately agreed. As well as supporting a wider variety of ACE events, we will provide her with mentoring opportunities with professional photographers to help her develop her skills further. Thank-you, Annie, for taking photos at this event, and we're really looking forward to seeing your confidence grow and grow in the months and years to come! Watch out for more ACE parties coming up! Cheers, Alec and ACE Voices :)
'SING, SING, SING', HERE WE COME :)! After the wonderful success and enjoyment of last May, our Wellbeing ACE Adult Voices are preparing to take part in VSA's Sing, Sing, Sing 2017! Here is a video of what this incredible project is all about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CBQQHnpK-8&feature=youtu.be. Our Wellbeing ACE Adult Voices meet every Wednesday evening at Aberdeen Wellbeing Centre from 8.15-9.15pm, it's free to take part, and it's open to all adults. Also, to prepare for 'Sing, Sing, Sing', there will also be extra sessions when we meet up with the other choirs involved in the project. Here are the dates: (a) Sunday 5th February, 7-9pm, Broomhill Activity Centre (b) Sunday 26th February, 7-9pm, Broomhill Activity Centre (c) Sunday 19th March, 7-9pm, Broomhill Activity Centre (d) Sunday 23rd April, 7-9pm, Broomhill Activity Centre (e) Saturday 20th May, TBC, Broomhill Activity Centre (f) Sunday 21st May, TBC, Beach Ballroom. The 'Sing, Sing, Sing' extravaganza will take place on Sunday 21st May at the Beach Ballroom - watch this space for ticket info - what a night it will be!!! If you'd like to join us on this adventure, please contact me at 07422 575711 or firstname.lastname@example.org! Cheers, Alec and ACE Voices :)
ACE VOICES NEWS FLASH! NEW Adult Laughter Club! Finally, after two and a half years of patience and planning, last week, we successfully launched our first adult laughter club!! Meeting weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7-7.45pm at Aberdeen Wellbeing Centre, this group is all about empowering people to have fun unlocking and letting their deep laughter flow freely, and draws on laughter yoga and other exciting pathways into smiles, laughs and giggles! You can either come for drop-in sessions (£6 on the door) or more regularly (£25 for a block of 5 sessions). If you have any queries, please contact me at 07422 575711 or email@example.com. All the very, very best, and looking forward to lighting the laughing spark with you! Cheers, Alec and ACE Voices :)
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Here is our ACE Voices tutor, Rachel VW, throwing her heart and soul into playing 'Human Hungry Hippos' as part of our Creative Play Days project last summer during Aberdeen International Youth Festival! This was a partnership project between ACE Voices, Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Robert Gordon's University, Streetsport, SCAT, Inchgarth Community Centre and UK National Play Day! Watch out for more info re. Creative Play Days 2017!
ACE VOICES UPDATE :) A Very Happy New Year to Everyone! Really hope you had a lovely Christmas, and all the very, very best in 2017 and beyond! I am so excited about all of our projects and collaborations that will be coming to fruition this year. From this month onwards, there will be monthly newsletters coming your way to help keep you up-to-date with all our ACE goings-on - look out for the first one in the next 1-2 weeks - so much amazing news to share! Our various ACE groups are starting up again, and here are the relevant start dates: (a) Inchgarth ACE P1-4s: Thursday 12th January (today) (b) Airyhall ACE P1-4s, P6-S2s and Seniors: Friday 13th January (tomorrow) (c) Wellbeing ACE Adult Voices: Wednesday 18th January (d) Heathryburn ACE Vocal Squad: Tuesday 24th January. Also, it is with great excitement that I announce a new ACE group starting on Wednesday 18th January as part of our Wellbeing ACE projects at Aberdeen Wellbeing Centre!! After a wait of over two and a half years, our first Adult Laughter Club will come into being - watch this space for more info coming soon and how to book your place! Thanks so much again for your incredible, wonderful, committed support of ACE Voices, and see you soon! Warmest wishes, Alec ----- Alec Thompson-Miller Leader ACE Voices
WELLBEING ACE UPDATE :). Here's a wee reminder that there's no adult choir session tonight due to the Evening Express Concert at St Mark's. Watch this space tomorrow for an update about this weekend and the last two weeks before Christmas :). Cheers, Alec and ACE Voices :)
Evening Express Concert, here we go!!!!!!!
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EVENING EXPRESS CONCERT: FINAL DETAILS :). Here is the final information for our rehearsal and concert this Wednesday (7th December) - many thanks for your patience! (a) Venue: St Mark's Church (in-between Central Library and His Majesty's Theatre; front entrance on Rosemount Viaduct) (b) Drop-off timings: Children are to be dropped off inside the church and signed in with Alec Thompson-Miller at 4.15-4.30pm (c) What to wear: Smart clothes that you're happy/comfortable wearing; NOT school uniform (d) What to take: Packed dinner and bottle of water; no fizzy drinks or sweets (e) Running order of the afternoon/evening: Rehearsal in the church from 4.30-6pm; Packed dinners in the church hall from 6-6.40pm; Children to take seats at 6.40pm; Concert runs from 7-9pm, and ACE Voices is the last group on the programme (f) Pick-up: Children are to be picked up and signed out inside the church at the end of the concert at 9pm; if you aren't attending the concert, and will be arriving at the end to pick up your child(ren), please enter the church at the end of the concert to pick them up (g) Info for audience members: The concert runs from 7-9pm; if you're still looking to buy tickets, they can be bought via www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or at the Box Office at His Majesty's Theatre. If you have any further queries or need to reach me on the day, please just let me know via 07422 575711. SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS EVENT! Cheers, Alec and ACE Voices :)
EVENING EXPRESS CONCERT UPDATE :). Please watch this space tomorrow for final details for Wednesday's rehearsal and concert at St Mark's. I will also send texts out to all parents tomorrow afternoon too. There will also be Vocal Squad as normal at Heathryburn after school on Tuesday as well. Thanks so much for your support - very excited! Alec and ACE Voices :)
ACE VOICES REHEARSING TODAY :) Well done everyone from Airyhall and Heathryburn ACE for your wonderful, hard work at our Evening Express rehearsal today! Great turnout too! Thanks so much to you all, and here's a wee clip of 'Take time in life' - our three-part harmony is really starting to come on! Many thanks, Mike and Madison, for teaching this to us! Well done again, Alec and ACE Voices :)
EVENING EXPRESS CONCERT REHEARSAL TODAY :). After our wonderful session last Sunday (well done everyone :)), I confirm that there will be an ACE Voices Youth Choir rehearsal today (Sunday 4th December) for the members/youth leaders from Heathryburn and Airyhall ACE who are performing at the Evening Express event on Wednesday 7th December. It will run from 3.15-4.45pm at Craigiebuckler Scout Hut (Craigiebuckler Drive, Aberdeen, AB15 8SW). Members/Youth leaders can be dropped off from 3pm, and I'd be grateful if they could bring a bottle of water and a small snack with them. If you're unsure of how to find the venue, here are some directions: you go up/down Springfield Road; turn onto Craigiebuckler Avenue between a petrol station/Co-op and a church; take the 2nd turning on the left onto Craigiebuckler Drive; go right to the T-junction at the bottom; turn left, and you will come to the Scout Hut. There is a small car-park on site - it may be necessary to park before you get there to avoid congestion. I'd be very grateful for as full attendance as possible, and will send out final details for Wednesday 7th December at St Mark's later on today! Looking forward to singing with you all as we prepare for this incredibly exciting event! Many thanks for your support, Alec and ACE Voices :)