Diary and Bookings

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Harmony Singing Weekend – Edinburgh

 

Brendan Taaffe USA and Alison Burns UK: both community composers writing especially for singers.   Come and join them for a weekend of transcendent harmony singing, new compositions, good food, community and fun!  Please note: You are not expected to be able to read music to join in this workshop. Teaching will be by ear but with written music available.  The cost includes tuition, and teas and coffee each day.

Singers are expected to find their own accommodation, however, if you need a bed for the night let us know as there may be Edinburgh singers who would be happy to host visitors.

 

We're pleased that Hannah Wood of Fallain Food will be providing a soup & sandwich lunch on both days. We will be taking donations for this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price: £20.00

Date: March 10, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Singing Day, Northumberland

Really looking forward to this day in March. Come and join us if you live anywhere near! Please note that I'm not taking registrations or bookings through this website. To book a place go to eventbrite

Price: £0.00

Date: March 25, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Harmony Residential Weekend near Skipton, North Yorkshire with Kate Howard and Ali Burns

 

BOOKINGS NOW OPEN!

Kate Howard and Ali Burns will lead this women only (sorry chaps!) harmony singers dream weekend with their usual mix of inspiring warm-ups, great community, wonderful songs and good food.  Written music will be available but the weekend will be geared towards learning by ear as well.  Residential places will be limited to 26 but there will be space for plenty of day visitors and there are plenty of bed and breakfast places nearby.

Food will be simple but tasty and wholesome.  Bedrooms are shared between 2-4 people – no bunk beds.

COSTS:
The full fee for the weekend is £200, which includes accommodation, food and tutoring.  £50 deposit (£15 non-refundable admin fee) to secure your place.
Saturday day rate: £70 includes tutoring, lunch and drinks.
Sunday day rate: £50 includes tutoring, lunch and drinks.
Breakfast and dinner for day participants by arrangement with the organisers.
All payments to be made by 12th March 2018.

TIMINGS
Approximate timings for the weekend will be:-
Arrivals Friday evening from 5pm onwards with dinner at 7pm - followed by short sing and introductions at 8.30pm - 9.30pm.
Saturday breakfast from 7.30am - 9am. Singing from 9.15am - 12.45pm with a coffee break mid morning. Saturday afternoon to be arranged depending on weather - either singing and time for a walk/break or a long lunch break with singing later in the afternoon.
Saturday evening - food at 6.30pm
Sunday morning - breakfast until 9.15am. Singing at 9.30am - 1pm with a coffee break mid morning. Lunch 1 - 2 pm. Last session 2pm - 3.30pm

CANCELLATION POLICY
Fee and deposit refunded less £15 admin charge if cancellation received before 28th February 2018.
Fee less £50 deposit refunded if cancellation received after 1st March 2018.
Fee less £50 deposit refunded by negotiation if place is filled and cancellation is after 12th March 2018

Price: £200.00

Date: April 20, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Growing Harmony, Scottish Borders

The Growing Harmony long weekend is back! This time we're really excited to have Bongani Magatyana from South Africa who will be teaching South African choral music - his own folk inspired compositions. And from the USA, Brendan Taaffe whose beautiful shape note compositions are sung throughout the UK community choir world.

Once again we'll build a weekend of community, laughter, song and dancing. Sleeping accommodation at Wiston Lodge is mostly in shared rooms (people wanting a little more privacy often opt to camp or stay in a local B & B and come as a day visitor) but the welcome is warm!

 

COSTS:
The residential fee for the weekend includes accommodation, food and tutoring - see below for accommodation costs per type. Camping rate includes site pitch, food and tutoring.  £100 deposit to be paid on registration to secure your place.  You will be contacted separately following your registration and deposit payment with detail of how to pay the balance, which must be paid by 23rd July 2018.  Payment of balance can be phased if requested and agreed with the organisers.
Full day rate (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) £70 and Monday day rate £50 includes tutoring, lunch and drinks to be paid in full on registration.
Breakfast and dinner for day participants by arrangement with the organisers.

ACCOMMODATION TYPE
Single room in house - £420
Shared room in house (2 beds per room) - £380
Shared room in house (4 or 5 beds per room) - £310
Shared room in timber cabin (2 rooms each with 2 beds per room) - £310
Camping - £290

TIMINGS
Approximate timings for the weekend will be:-
Arrivals Thursday evening from 4pm onwards with dinner at 7pm - followed by short sing and introductions at 8.30pm - 9.30pm.
Breakfasts from 7.30am - 9am.
Evening meals at 6.30pm
All other timings to be confirmed at the start of the weekend.
CANCELLATION POLICY
Fee and deposit refunded less £15 admin charge if cancellation received before 22nd April 2018.
Fee less £100 deposit refunded if cancellation received after 22nd May 2018.
Fee less £100 deposit refunded by negotiation if place is filled and cancellation is after 22nd June 2018.
Full payment must be received by 23rd July 2018.

Price: £50.00

Date: August 23, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Writing for Voices: Song-Writing Intensive, Powys, Wales

Last year's course was so successful we've decided to do it again! 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. This is returnable (minus £20 admin fee) until 1st August and thereafter by negotiation if your place is filled by someone else.

 

4pm Friday 29th Sept. to 4pm Monday 2nd Oct. 2017

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.

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 (£450 per person). There is also an option to join in as a non-residential participant (£280 per person – this price includes all meals) If you would like to negotiate a working place price, please talk to us!  To book a place please send a deposit of £100. This is refundable minus £20 for admin until 1st August and thereafter by negotiation. The balance must be paid by 30th September 2017

Price: £350.00

Date: October 18, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited