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.

Celtic Connections

Price: £0.00

Date: January 25, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited


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 bookings should be made at eventbrite




Price: £0.00

Date: March 2, 2019

Swaffham, Norfolk

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL. Please email me to go on the waiting list.

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.

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL. Please email me to go on the waiting list.


Price: £30.00

Date: March 3, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited


The beautiful Columcille Centre is booked again and Hannah is going to treat us to her fabulous lunches again! Join myself, Brendan Taaffe, USA and Jennie Fisk for a fantastic weekend of harmony singing.
For more information visit the SongTribe website

Price: £0.00

Date: March 16, 2019

Toronto - save the date!

Details to come... a long weekend summer workshop in Toronto.

Price: £0.00

Date: June 29, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

New Hampshire, USA

I can't wait for this Turtle Dove residential week at Halleluja Farm 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. Book  through the Turtle Dove site.

Places will be limited to 25 so early booking is recommended

Price: £0.00

Date: July 5, 2019

Growing Harmony

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

Wiston Lodge, near Biggar, South Lanarkshire

22nd - 26th August 2019 - Hold the date; registration opens soon!

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!

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 details of how to pay the balance, which must be paid by 22nd July 2019.  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.

Single room in house - £480
Shared room in house (2 beds per room) - £380
Shared room in house (4 or 5 beds per room) - £320
Shared room in timber cabin (2 rooms each with 2 beds per room) - £320
Camping (Tent) - £300
Campervan - £300

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.
Fee and deposit refunded less £15 admin charge if cancellation received before 21st April 2019.
Fee less £100 deposit refunded if cancellation received after 21st May 2019.
Fee less £100 deposit refunded by negotiation if place is filled and cancellation is after 21st June 2019.
Full payment must be received by 22nd July 2019.


Price: £50.00

Date: August 22, 2019

Available Spaces: 31

Songwriting Retreat, Knighton, Wales

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 £30 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

Cape Wrath, Sutherland

For full information visit the Songtribe website

Price: £0.00

Date: October 19, 2019