American harmony singing traditions

Learn songs from a wide range of American harmony traditions in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District.

Cliff College, Peak District, Derbyshire

"What an amazing sound you got us to create ... you're a very talented and wonderful person. I did love participating and will certainly join you again when possible." American Harmonies weekend, Peterborough 2019

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Friday 14 October 2022 6pm to Sunday 16 October 2022 2pm
Cliff College
Hope Valley
Sheffield, S32 3XG

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Cost: £225 (twin/double) | £240 (single) PER PERSON
if booked and paid for by 15 July 2022, otherwise £20 per person more


Depending on the Covid situation, there may be some more places available on this weekend nearer the time. contact Chris to go on the waiting list.

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view from Cliff College

Cliff College is situated on the outskirts of the village of Calver, in the beautiful Peak District National Park. The site is just below Curbar Edge and next to the river Derwent. All rooms are en-suite and have a television and drink-making facilities. Free wi-fi and parking are available on site. There are plenty of excellent walks in the area and you will have time on Saturday afternoon to explore.

The venue is a Christian theological college, although the weekend will be secular and open to all, regardless of religious beliefs. However, there is no smoking or alcohol allowed on site. There are several pubs within walking distance.

bedroom at Cliff College A fabulous weekend of singing from a wide range of American harmony traditions: shape note, gospel, Appalachian folk, 1960s folk revival, country & western, glee clubs, work songs and more!

Singing sessions will begin with warm-ups and simple songs. This will lead into songs in several parts that offer the rewarding challenges. There will also be opportunities on Saturday afternoon to explore the local area and relax.

Cliff College, Derbyshire Peak District Chris has carefully chosen the songs which are all arranged for voices only. He teaches everything by ear so there is no need to read music.

Chris will make a recording of the workshop available free afterwards. This will remind you of the weekend and impress you with the sound we create together!

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Feedback from 2019's American Harmonies weekend:

"Thanks again for a great weekend. I know I am useless at saying anything different about your workshops but I am today. It's the word JOY! I don't care what we sing, but I always feel JOY when I come to your workshops."

"We are still glowing from the stupendous American Harmonies weekend – it was one of the best mixtures of songs, people, food & venues we've ever had. Many, many thanks for an especially uplifting experience."

"It was a wonderful weekend – probably my favourite of all I have done so far! Thank you for all your hard work."

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