About Me

I am a singer, songwriter, harmoniser, producer, choral arranger, trainer, eduational advisor…..IMG_7977

I was an undiscovered obscure singer songwriter for 12 years  before I taught secondary music for 12 years.  Now I sing  record compose arrange acapella and all  -I  run  singing workshops in  any many places including prisons, hospitals forests , schools.. also running  choirs for 4-18yrs and have been running singing workshops internationally for 20 years. I have been running acapella community choirs, and arranging acapella arrangements for 15 years. Published 4 acapella/community harmony singing volumes. Have taught 5000 people a song in the Royal Albert Hall on two occasions and could eat Gareth Alone for my breakfast..645-1

I am in a musical collective/band. We have release two  which is called 3 Bucket Jones and is on bandcamp, iTunes, spotify etc etc and are very much on our way to finishing album number 3. And I love making videos!

I just wrote a song for the NUT which I taught and conducted. Based loosely on a public domain melody used by Woody Guthrie.

yes and homemade videos are a must! this is a 24 hour songwriting video making challenge that only I took part in….

and then there are the gorgeous choirs! this is a 2 pronged video…300 kids from Bolton and then one of my LONDON ACAPELLA CHOIRS both singing the same song. Last summer 80 of the London Choirs sung back vocals for 3 Bucket Jones at our London gig at Cecil Sharpe House. More of the London Choirs somewhere else on the website

I am a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners NetworkI run  training days for local Education Authorities and Music Services, training teachers to become a lot more confident about singing, and community choir training days, for people wanting to raise their skills in leading a community choir.

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I  run whole day  acapella harmony singing workshops and singing festivals for adults, students and families all over the country and Ireland

I also ran vocal workshops for the Gravel Theatre company’s production of NIMBY and for the amazing ‘Two Worlds of Charlie F’ organised by Masterclass at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. click here…..Charlie F and am up for collaborating on almost anything!

My very dear friend Mr SS. and I have written 2 musicals for year 6 classes (10-11 year olds) which are all on backing tracks and lingering in a cupboard somewhere. 

I arrange lots of songs mostly for Acapella SATB and have quite a back catalogue  which you can always ask me for,  and the first THREE books have been published by  SING POP A CAPELLA, and have finished the newly published  Voiceworks edition ”Voiceworks Community” for Oxford University Press..(available from a bookshop near you!) Picture of Val Regan, one of the composers and I)IMG_5749

Many  of the songs are sung by choirs on on youtube on Unknown-1my gitika partington page. Also on that page there are several funny pop videos I made for nieces and nephews with  best mate Mr SS. Rabbit in Your Rucksack has become  little culty with 48,000 hits THE VIDEO!

WHICH YOU CAN BUY FOR 79P ON AMAZON! AMAZON LINK or itunes…..though Ants in my Pants (na na na) and Aardvark ( such a funny name) are probably even more culty as they have only had 1000 hits… so much more underground. My friends are quite partial to Funky Mouse.

AT the end of 2011 I  completed the crazy wordpress ‘blog- a- day- for 2011’ and now just post occasionally.

Qualifications

MA choral education, ( University of Surrey, Roehampton)

BA performance arts (drama) ( Middlesex University)

Estill voice training levels 1-3 ( The VOice Explained)

Advanced post-grad certificate in jazz vocals and arranging (Guildhall)

LGSM Jazz ( Guildhall)

PGSE secondary music ( middlesex)

 

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Gitika! I just bought your a cappella book 2 and just love Man in the Mirror which I shall be teaching my ladies choir on Saturday.

    I am a vocal force leader here in North Devon….and just love to blog!

    Thank you! Frances

  2. We’ve known each other for a while now, and I’ve become increasingly curious about your name. I’ve never met any Gitika’s before – where does it come from?

  3. Hai Gitika, We are an a cappela quartet from Holland and love you 2 books. We sing every song from those books. Can you tell me if there comes a Volume 3? We’re very interested.
    Greats from Holland.

  4. Hi Gitika, I’m a singing teacher and choir leader in Derby. As someone new to choir leading, and having just started teaching a couple of years ago I’m really pleased to discover your site and think it will be a great source of info and sharing about choir leading/ music so thank you! I’ve had a quick dip in to some of the pages, but will definitely be back for more 🙂

  5. Hi Gitika
    I am a choir director and am urgently requiring acapella world music in 3/4 parts in sheet music format. I need to teach songs from all over the world and thought yo could advise me please. Do you have any voicework books of world compilations please?

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