“Everyone can sing!!”
Bernadette Nagy is a singer, teacher, choir director and passionate music educator. She oversees ANZA’s new singing group.
Tell us about ANZA Singing …
ANZA Singing takes place on Monday mornings from 10am – 11:30am at my condo at Sampan Place, Kampong Arung. It’s open to anyone who wants to sing in a friendly and easy-going small group, and all singing abilities are welcome! We have beginners who’ve never sung in a choir to a couple of professionals. Together we create a fabulous sound, and we hope the group continues to grow.
What’s your background?
I’ve been a singer since the age of 15 when I participated in the school musical as Nancy in Oliver. I’ve also played the piano since the age of eight. I have a background in music performance and teaching, and taught music in schools before pursuing a full-time singing career. Throughout the years, I’ve combined my passion for singing and teaching while moving around various locations.
What’s been your best singing experience so far?
Highlights include being a soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem at the Sydney Opera House, and being part of the original Australian cast of Phantom of the Opera in the role of Carlotta. I’ve founded and conducted several choirs across Australia, Europe and Asia. Conducting the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra in Warsaw in 2010 was a particularly enjoyable experience.
What singing techniques do participants learn from your class?
We focus on various aspects, including breathing techniques for singing, improving tone, and singing a diverse repertoire ranging from pop and folk to classical songs. We also learn to sing effectively as a group and have fun with music while working hard.
How do you bring ‘shy singers’ out of their shells?
We create a kind and welcoming atmosphere for newcomers. I never put people on the spot, but I do aim to improve our collective sound so that we all progress together. After our sessions we have a cuppa, chat, and sometimes treats which helps participants feel comfortable and at ease. I’m passionate about making singing accessible to all and firmly believe that everyone can sing.
How else can a singing group enhance your life?
Apart from making new friends and having fun, there are numerous benefits. The breathing techniques we practice during singing sessions can be applied to public speaking, helping with vocal tone and breath support. Singing can also boost confidence and provide a sense of comradery among members.
What if you want to join but feel nervous?
Please don’t be scared! I am very kind and accommodating to beginners! You can easily fit in, and if needed you can simply observe until you feel comfortable. We engage in a wide range of activities during the session, so it will be easy for you to find your place and enjoy the experience. Join us!
“Being on the water forces me to disconnect”
Keen watersports fan Nicole Godresse gives us the lowdown on what to expect from ANZA’s new aqua-loving gang.
What’s ANZA Watersports all about?
Currently Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) and kayaking sessions happen at Ola Beach Club, Sentosa, on Friday mornings, 9:30am -10:30am. Casual sailing takes place once a quarter – we just had our first session which sailed us to Lazarus and back. Many members of the group took the ropes and everyone went for a SUP/swim/play on the floating lily pad while we were at it!
Who’s this group for?
For sailing, SUPing and kayaking, the group caters for beginners right through to advanced, and you can get involved as much or as little as you like. Sometimes kids and pets participate (with prior approval from the group) so we really are amiable and open. All levels of ability are welcome.
How long have you been into watersports?
All of my life. I surfed and SUP’ed in Australia, and now I race sailboats competitively in Singapore which I started to do during Covid. I currently sail in local and international competitive races and regattas – it’s become a bit of an obsession! I have my own RYA Day Skipper so I can hire a boat to sail and I’m hoping to book my first bareboat charter (skipper my own boat) and travel around Thailand with my family and friends. I’d also like to visit some southern parts of Europe.
What do you most enjoy about it?
I love to be on the water because it forces me to shut off and disconnect. It’s peaceful, relaxing and therapeutic. It also encourages everyone to be immersed in the moment and fully present with the people we are with.
What other benefits does ANZA Watersports bring?
It’s difficult to move to a new country and meet people you can really connect with. Finding a sport or a hobby is not only good for your physical and mental wellbeing, but it can assist to assimilate more longer lasting relationships through common experiences and quality time.
We’re looking for someone to lead paddleboarding and kayaking groups at East Coast Park. Please get in touch if interested!
ANZA Easy Riders
“The emphasis lies in exploring the PCN”
Megan Kinder talks about the cycling group who focus on laid back rides and good chat.
Tell us about ANZA Easy Riders …
Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a newbie, all you need for Easy Riders is enthusiasm for a leisurely ride and a good chat. Our sessions are arranged on an ad hoc basis, typically taking place on weekday mornings between 8am – 10am. We usually gather around Robertson Quay and head along the Park Connector Network (PCN) – either direction works! Occasionally, we might hit the road for short stretches, but most of the time we stick to the PCN routes.
How does it differ from ANZA Cycling?
Unlike ANZA Cycling, Easy Riders is open to any bike type. Our riders are incredibly chill, and the emphasis lies in exploring the PCN at a leisurely pace, rather than focusing on intense workouts.
What are the benefits of joining up?
Apart from the physical exercise, ANZA Easy Riders promotes positive mental health through forging new friendships and enjoying the outdoors. Rides offer an opportunity to acquaint yourself with various routes, preparing you for more challenging rides or organising your own sessions.
Any group rules we should know about?
This is a member-led activity rather than an organised tour or designated ride that is set up by a leader. Everyone is welcome to propose a bike ride, wherever and whenever they choose. The person who sets up the ride has no other obligations except to set a route (even if vague) and turn up!
Do you get to stop for a coffee?
Absolutely. Coffee and a rest is always factored in!
For details of all of ANZA’s groups and activities log onto anza.org.sg