“I was absolutely bowled over by your wonderful presentation. You were so well and truly alive and in touch with your creative instinct. It was really thrilling to listen to the passion in your voice and the beauty of the music on the different instruments.”Anne Baring – Author of The Dream of the Cosmos
Hello and welcome. I am Paula Tait – Voice Alchemist, Therapeutic Musician and Song Keeper. I am here to share the profound power of sound and music to transform ourselves and our world. To do so, I draw upon the spiritual wisdom of the world’s musical traditions, as well as my own background in sound-based yoga, healing and therapy.
My journey began as a professional singer and harpist. For over 20 years my performances have included television, radio and concert appearances in the UK, Ireland, Europe and Australia. Some of the notable clients that I have played for include The National Trust, The Woodland Trust, Mercedes Benz, The Royal Institute of British Architects, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society and The England Football Team. I’ve also played in some stunning venues, including Leeds Castle, Stourhead, Woburn Abbey, The National Botanic Gardens of Wales and The Bodleian Library, Oxford. Probably my most unusual performance has been live on BBC1’s Crimewatch, playing an example of a stolen harp for over six million viewers.
“Emotional and beautifully executed. Thank you, Paula, for a concert that few others would ever have thought of putting together, thank you again.”Keith Chatfield, Author and Television Presenter
Alongside my western classical upbringing, I have always loved music from around the world. Amongst the musical instruments that I have studied are Celtic harp, Finnish kantele, Persian setar, Turkish ney, Korean danso, Japanese ichigenkin and Native American flute, as well as vocal practices from Ireland, India and the Middle East. As I encountered the spiritual traditions that permeated the music I was playing – Zen Buddhism, Taoism, Sufism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Bardism and Shamanism – I began to understand just how sound and music had come to be recognised and respected as the prima materia of healing, connection and transformation. I felt the call to dedicate myself to sharing what I had learned with others.
After many years as a student and practitioner of nāda (sound) yoga, it was a joy to finally qualify as a registered nāda and mantra yoga teacher (RYT-200) so that I can guide other nāda yogis through their own process of deepening consciousness through sound. I also undertook professional training in Sound Healing with the College of Sound Healing, Harp Therapy with The Therapy Harp Training Programme and The Path of the Medicine Singer with Sarah Patterson. Since then, I have enjoyed providing 1-1 sound healing and medicine singing sessions, group sound baths and restorative music sessions for care homes, support groups and institutions. Some of my most fulfilling experiences have been playing for babies, parents and staff in the children’s intensive care ward of a Dublin hospital and creating an anxiety-reducing performance for vulnerable prisoners at HMS Prison Bullingdon.
“So many people spoke of the spirit of gentle peace, relaxation and oneness that they experienced from you.”Liz Barry – Care for the World Team, Wheatley URC
When I am not directly engaged with clients, students or audiences, I am at my happiest listening, singing and playing in nature. I also love being immersed in the peace, beauty and wonder of the natural world in company with others. This inspired me to become a certified nature connection guide and I now lead wild song walks, following the songlines of the land and the beings who live there. I find that this affinity with nature also comes out in my writing – both in the personal songs I carry and in Deep Song, the book that I am writing to support others in becoming Song Keepers for themselves, for humanity, for our non-human relations and for the Earth.
Medicine singing and sound healing treatments, therapeutic music sessions, concerts, yoga, walks, writings, workshops, courses or classes: however you feel drawn to experiencing the transformative power of sound and music, I look forward to sharing the journey with you.
“Lots of very positive feedback from your audience of last week, some examples : magical, inspiring, delightful, quality of reflective peace.”Helen, Bedford Quaker Meeting