Event details and registration

Growing Harmony, near Biggar, Scottish Borders


End of June update: No bed spaces left in the house but 5 shared (with one other) cabin spaces and room for for campers and day visitors.

This weekend has grown out the wonderful and long standing Harmony Week curated by Kate Howard. The format will be similar - Kate will be running her legendary warm-ups and bringing some extraordinary vocal music to share. I'll be bringing some newly written material. And we're delighted that we'll be joined by Caroline Price - see below. We'll gather for dinner on Thursday evening and sing our way through the weekend finishing after lunch on Monday. Expect lots of singing and fun!

Accommodation at Wiston Lodge is basic but big hearted! There's always a warm welcome from the team who are happy to help everyone feel at home. Nearer the time we'll gather information about dietary needs. And if you have any questions or you'd like to pay in instalments please don't hesitate to get in touch with our domestic organiser Lyssa Clayton:  lyssaclayton12@gmail.com

Kate Howard began studying classical singing at a very early age. She went on to blend her classical training with political activism and this became the force behind starting many of the UK’s first community choirs throughout the North of England. She also founded Harmony Week and Women’s Singing Week at Laurieston Hall and both events continue to this day. For a number of years Kate lived in the US, touring as a singer with Larry Gordon’s Vermont based choir Northern Harmony and teaching on their youth based programme Village Harmony. She is now sought after as a voice specialist using Werbeck techniques to free voices in a natural way.

Caroline Price comes from a long line of musicians, and has been singing in and directing choirs for as long as she can remember. She runs a busy music department in a Waldorf School, and is a founder of Stream of Sound, which is now in its twentieth year. Her arrangements for the choir have been used on stage, CD and radio. Although conversant with many styles of world music and early music, her passion is bringing songs from our wealth of folk traditions to choirs, and in particular, music of the midlands.

Alison Burns  is a songwriter and arranger who loves to write for community choirs – songs with lush, beautiful harmonies and simple, profound text that are easy enough to learn by ear but satisfying and special to sing. Many of her songs have found their way into the repertoire - and hearts - of singers across the UK, and increasingly the USA and Australia.  Her songs are published by Faber, Signalong and Oxford University Press. “Her workshops are a harbour in a changing and troubled world .... her songs a powerful reminder that we need each other’s friendship and support to survive."

End of June update: No bed spaces left in the house but 5 shared (with one other) cabin spaces and room for for campers and day visitors.

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.