residential singing workshops

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October 2014

SING THE BEST OF THE BEE GEES — residential weekend

Friday 3 October 2014 6pm to Sunday 5 October 2014 2pm
Farncombe Courses
Broadway (Cotswolds) WR12 7LJ

Book via the Farncombe Courses website, email, or phone 0333 456 8580

Farncombe Estate, Cotswolds The Gibb brothers got together 55 years ago to form the harmony singing group The Bee Gees. They wrote all of their own hits (as well as writing and producing several major hits for other artists), selling in excess of 200 million records worldwide, making them one of the most successful groups in history.

The Bee Gees had two distinct periods of exceptional success: as a pop act in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and as a foremost act of the disco music era in the late 1970s. They also wrote many well-known hit songs for others, something that might come as a surprise.

On this fun and relaxed singing weekend you will learn some of The Bee Gees' best-known songs. All songs have been arranged especially for voice only and will be sung in harmony without instruments or backing tracks. Some harmony singing experience is advisable, but all songs will be taught by ear.

You'll be amazed at the wonderful sound we create together and a recording of the workshop will be made available free afterwards to remind you of the weekend. Book via the Farncombe Courses website.
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November 2014


Friday 21 November 6pm to Sunday 23 November 2pm
Alison House
Intake Lane
Cromford (near Matlock) DE4 3RH


Early bird discount if booked before 22 August (prices per person):

£125 non-residential (all meals except breakfast included)

£20 more per person if booked after 22 August

Click to download a booking form as a Word document. You can fill this in electronically in Microsoft Word then email it (the grey boxes expand to accomodate your text).

If you can't do this for any reason (for example, if you don't have Word on your computer), then download the booking form as a PDF which you can then can print off, fill in and post. Make sure you read Chris's booking and cancellation policy.

Or contact Chris for more information:

Chris Rowbury email address

or phone 01394 610486.

British folk singing groups

Many well-known folk groups sing in unaccompanied harmony and draw on a repertoire of traditional songs from across the British Isles – Waterson:Carthy, The Copper Family, Coope Boyes and Simpson, The Poozies, The Voice Squad to name but a few. This is your chance to enjoy singing traditional British folk songs arranged especially for voices only. Not an instrument or backing track in sight!

We will sing a variety of traditional folk songs from the British Isles (England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales) arranged in 3- and 4-part harmony: rousing drinking songs, yearning love songs, robust sea shanties, spooky ballads, songs of the countryside – something for everyone!

Typical Alison House bedroom

Alison House is a Georgian style House built by the Arkwright Family and set in the Derwent Valley world Heritage site. Set in seven acres of grounds with beautiful gardens in a peaceful setting, yet only a short walk from Cromford and the cable cars and attractions of Matlock Bath.

All 15 rooms at Alison House are en-suite and are situated in either the main house or in the cottage which is just across the courtyard. Each room is tastefully decorated and serviced to the highest standard.

Typical deluxe room, Alison House

It is possible to book three Deluxe rooms which are spacious and have wonderful views over the Derbyshire countryside.

You don't have to be a 'folkie' to enjoy singing traditional songs in wonderful 3- and 4-part harmony! Whether you only sing in the bath, or are in a choir, this weekend will use songs from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to create gorgeous group harmonies to die for. No experience necessary, all songs taught by ear. A relaxed, informal, rewarding weekend of singing with like-minded souls, liberally laced with humour!
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