Event details and registration

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 Thursday 18th Oct - 10am Monday 22nd

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 2018. NB THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL. However, if you'd like to have your name on the waiting list in case someone drops out, or to add your name to a list of people who will get early publicity and priority booking on the next songwriting weekend, please email info@aliburns.co.uk

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.