Diary and Bookings

Welcome to the Diary and Bookings page. You can discover more about my approach under workshops, and if you’d like to ask any questions or find out more, please get in touch.


Delighted to be invited back to Cambridge again! Jennie Fisk will be joining me for this day-long workshop at Castle Street Methodist Church, Castle Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AH The day will be from 10.30 to 4pm and will cost £30. Please note that enquiries and bookings should be made with Sue on sue.durham@ntlworld.com




Price: £0.00

Date: March 2, 2019

Swaffham, Norfolk

I'm always on the lookout for great places to sing in and the last time I was here – back in 2016 – I thought it was just about the perfect space for a singing workshop. It's light and airy; has great acoustics; opens out onto a little courtyard where you can eat lunch on a sunny day; looks out onto Swaffham's Campingland - a green space with mature trees; has a nice kitchen; easy parking. So I'm delighted to be back here. We'll be teaching my songs but this time I'll have Jennie Fisk with me. Jennie started co-teaching with me in March 2018 and it just felt like we'd been working together all our lives. She's a great singer and a very clear teacher and it's just a delight to work with her. So come along: bring some singing friends and something for a shared lunch! The kettle will be on from 10am and we'll aim to start at 10.30. There's an early-bird price of £25 if you book before 15th Dec 2018. Thereafter it will cost £30.


Price: £30.00

Date: March 3, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Edinburgh - hold the date

Details to come nearer the time but I'm hoping to replicate the lovely weekend we had in Edinburgh earlier this year. The beautiful Columcille Centre is booked again and Hannah is going to treat us to her fabulous lunches again!

Price: £0.00

Date: March 16, 2019

New Hampshire, USA

I can't wait for this Turtle Dove residential week at Halleluja Fam in New Hampshire next summer. The week is organised by Brendan Taaffe and the teaching team will be Brendan, myself and the wonderful John Mark Harrison. Bookings will open on 1st October through the Brendan's Turtle Dove site.

Places will be limited to 25 so early booking is recommended

Price: £0.00

Date: July 5, 2019

Wiston Lodge, nr Biggar - hold the date

Growing Harmony with Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, Kate Howard and Alison Burns

Wiston Lodge, near Biggar, South Lanarkshire

22nd - 26th August 2019


Price: £0.00

Date: August 22, 2019

Knighton, Powys - hold the date

As this course is proving to be very popular, we have decided to hold another one in 2019!  The long weekend will begin with dinner on Thursday evening and end with breakfast on Monday morning leaving us 3 clear days to immerse ourselves in deep creativity. A deposit of £100 will secure your place - see payment details below and on the registration form.

4pm Thursday 5th - 10am Monday 9th Sept 2019

Between them Helen Chadwick and Alison Burns have a wealth of experience of creating profound and beautiful songs from simplest of ideas: for theatre, installations, choirs and solo performance.

In this intensive workshop Ali and Helen will share ways in to lyric, melody and harmony writing and show how create and craft songs for choirs, harmony singing or solo performers. Each day the group will spend time exploring different components of song in a supportive, fun and productive environment

The workshop is for those who want to write songs for voices in harmony and who would like the space and support to do that with others. Some may already be songwriters, some may be new to composing. No ability to read or write music is necessary, as we will be working primarily by ear. The ability to sing one voice to a part is helpful but not essential. Please bring something to capture your idea with e.g. a smart phone, minidisc or notebook and pen.

Once again the workshop will be held at the beautiful and remote venue Hill Cottage Retreat Centre, located in the marches of mid-Wales, near Knighton in Powys. Set in ten acres of land it includes an independent market garden, young orchard and woodland, natural swimming pond, gardens for contemplation and wildflower pastures bordered by a meandering brook.

The accommodation is made up of Scandinavian style cabins with a choice of sharing a twin room (£380 per person) or single room (£480 per person).  If you would like to negotiate a working place price, please talk to us!  To book a place please complete the registration details including payment of a £100 deposit . This is refundable minus £20 for admin until 21st July and thereafter by negotiation.  In the unlikely event that we are unable to accept your booking, your deposit will be refunded or may be transferred if you wish to attend another similar event.  The balance must be paid by 8th August 2019.

Price: £100.00

Date: September 5, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited