forthcoming singing workshops

"Thank you so much for all the fun. It's so rare to find teachers who can really make you want to learn, but also do it with playfulness."


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SINGING DAYS

SEPTEMBER 2018

15th Sing Out Saturdays Hadleigh, Suffolk

15th SingWiv! Wivenhoe

29th Songs from around the world Winchester

OCTOBER 2018

27th Harmony singing day London

SINGING COURSES

SEPTEMBER

21st All aboard the gospel train! near Peterborough

OCTOBER

5th Sing Africa! Willersley Castle, Derbyshire

NOVEMBER

2nd Harmony singing for experienced singers Cambridgeshire


September 2018

Chris in action at singing workshop SING OUT SATURDAYS

Saturday 15 September 2018
10.30pm to 1pm
(afternoons in Wivenhoe 2pm to 4.30pm)
Ansell Community Centre
Hadleigh IP7 5DL

See the Sing Out Saturdays website for directions to the venue.

Cost: £8 (refreshments provided)


Sing Out Saturdays are for everyone who loves to sing. Enter a stress-free zone and make some beautiful music with like-minded souls.

Sing Out Saturdays are on the third Saturday of the month. These monthly singing sessions in Suffolk and Essex are open to all — come and join us this month and see what all the fun is about!

Sing Out Saturdays

These drop-in sessions are self-contained, with brand new songs each month. Morning sessions are in Hadleigh, Suffolk and afternoons in Wivenhoe (near Colchester) (see SingWiv below).

No experience necessary, all welcome. The sessions are self-contained and will cover different songs so you can come to either or both. You also get a free recording of all the songs learnt in each session.

Learn songs from around the world, in the original languages, in glorious unaccompanied harmony in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. A relaxed, informal, challenging and rewarding morning of singing with like-minded souls, liberally laced with humour!

Brand new songs each month and no need to have attended previously. Harmony songs from Africa, Eastern Europe, New Zealand, gospel, and much, much more. Open to everyone and no need to read music as all songs are taught by ear.

If you want to know more about the songs we sing and what some of them sound like, you can hear some clips on our website: singoutsaturdays.co.uk

Dates for the rest of 2018 are 20 October, 17 November and 15 December.

Put the dates in your diary and make sure you're on Chris's mailing list to be kept informed.
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COME AND SINGWIV US!

Saturday 15 September 2018
2pm to 4.30pm
Scout Hall
High Street (behind Town Council office)
Wivenhoe CO7 9AB

See the Sing Out Saturdays website for directions to the venue.

Cost: £8 (tea, biscuits, coffee 50p)


Sing Out Saturdays are for everyone who loves to sing. Enter a stress-free zone and make some beautiful music with like-minded souls.

Contact Christine Pettman for more information: 07840 883651 or email singwivenhoe@gmail.com

Come and join us this month to see how many singers we can squeeze into the Scout Hall! Men are particularly welcome. You also get a free recording of all the songs learnt in each session.

One of Chris's regular monthly Sing Out Saturdays in Wivenhoe. More information on the Sing Wivenhoe blog where you can also hear sound clips from previous workshops.

Learn songs from around the world, in the original languages, in glorious unaccompanied harmony in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. A relaxed, informal, challenging and rewarding afternoon of singing with like-minded souls, liberally laced with humour!

Brand new songs each month and no need to have attended previously. Harmony songs from Africa, Eastern Europe, New Zealand, gospel, and much, much more. Open to everyone, no experience necessary and no need to read music (all songs taught by ear).

Dates for the rest of 2018 are 20 October, 17 November and 15 December.

Put the dates in your diary and make sure you're on Chris's mailing list to be kept informed.
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ALL ABOARD THE GOSPEL TRAIN! — residential weekend

Friday 21 September 2018 5pm to Sunday 23 September 2018 2pm
Holiday Inn, Peterborough West
Thorpe Wood
Peterborough PE3 6SG

Cost: £205 (shared twin/ double), £230 (single occupancy) PER PERSON
if booked and fully paid for by 22 June 2018, otherwise £20 per person more

SOLD OUT


A fabulous weekend of gospel singing for people of all faiths and none in this luxury venue in the Nene Valley.

Holiday Inn, Peterborough West A weekend of glorious harmony singing, fun and laughter. No experience needed – just a love of singing! Peterborough West Holiday Inn is set in pretty landscaped gardens, opposite Ferry Meadows Country Park, just 2.5 miles from the city centre and close to the A1.

Holiday Inn bedroom
All bedrooms are twin or double en suite and all furnished to a very high standard. The weekend includes all meals, tuition and tea/ coffee breaks. As well as the many facilities offered by the hotel, just across the road are plenty of scenic and pleasant walks by the Nene river and the lakes of Ferry Meadows Country Park.

Holiday Inn swimming pool Singing sessions will consist of warm-ups and simple songs leading songs in several parts that offer the rewarding challenges. There will also be opportunities to explore the local area and relax. Guests will also have free use of the hotel leisure facilities: swimming pool, sauna and steam room.

Ferry Meadows Country Park A fabulous weekend of gospel singing for people of all faiths and none. No modern R&B or evangelical sing-alongs, but back to the earthy basics of purely vocal gospel harmony singing. Immerse yourself in the roots of the blues: southern gospel, Jubilee quartets, and spirituals from the slave plantations.

You don't have to be religious to enjoy the uplifting, passionate, exciting sounds of gospel music. In this liberating workshop you will sing African-American gospel songs from the 1920s and 1930s; spirituals from the slave plantations; and gospel songs from South Africa – all in glorious unaccompanied harmony (not an instrument or backing track in sight).

Holiday Inn dining room Everything will be taught by ear (no need to read music!). No previous experience needed – just bring yourself and have a go. Whether you've only ever sung in the shower, or you're already in a choir, there will be something here for everyone – all in a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

You'll be amazed at the sound we create together and a recording of the workshop will be made available free afterwards to remind you of the weekend.

Feedback from 2017's weekend at Peterborough Holiday Inn:

"Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend of music and the opportunity to meet so many lovely people. I thought your arrangements were excellent and I loved the challenges and what we achieved. Feeling simultaneously exhausted and energised!"

"What a good weekend that was and so thrilling to hear the songs played back. Thanks again Chris for making these things possible. Three years ago I wouldn't have dreamed I could be part of something like that. I so love to sing, even though they're not always the right notes, and the way you work suits me perfectly. Already looking forward to another weekend."

"What a wonderful weekend. It was so lovely to learn new songs and hear the harmonies produced. Lovely people too. Will be looking out for more weekends Thank you so much for all the hard work you must have put in to prepare and the fun way you delivered it all."

Click to hear recordings from previous gospel singing workshops that Chris has run.
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SONGS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Saturday 29 September 2018 10am to 4pm
Hursley Parish Hall
Main Road
Hursley
Winchester SO21 2JW

Cost: £25 (full price); £20 (low income)

BOOKING NOW OPEN
Book via the Sing Winchester website.

Learn songs from around the world, in the original languages, in glorious unaccompanied harmony in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. A relaxed, informal, challenging, rewarding day of singing with like-minded souls, liberally laced with humour!

Everything will be taught by ear (no need to read music). No previous experience needed – just bring yourself and have a go. Whether you've only ever sung in the shower, or you're already in a choir, there will be something here for everyone.
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October 2018

SING AFRICA! — residential weekend

Friday 5 October 2018 6pm to Sunday 7 October 2018 2pm
Willersley Castle Hotel
Cromford DE4 5JH
Matlock
Derbyshire

Cost: £210 (superior twin/double)/ £200 (standard twin/double/single) PER PERSON
if booked and fully paid for by 6 July 2018, otherwise £20 per person more

SOLD OUT


Learn harmony songs from across the African continent. No experience needed – just a love of singing! An opportunity to sing and move to infectious African rhythms.

Cromford, Autumn 2014

Willersley Castle was commissioned by Sir Richard Arkwright, the great industrialist, in the 1790s. Many of the original features can still be seen today. The Castle overlooks the Derwent Valley world Heritage site with plenty of excellent walks in the area. The main hotel has 30 bedrooms, extensive grounds and a heated indoor swimming pool. You can go on a virtual tour of the hotel, rooms and grounds on the Willersley Castle website.

bedroom, Willersley Castle

The superior rooms all have fantastic views over the Derwent Valley. All the bedrooms at Willersley Castle include tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer. There is also a lift in the castle serving both first and second floor bedrooms.

Willersley Castle oval stairwell This weekend is an opportunity to sing and move to infectious African rhythms in a safe and friendly environment. As the old proverb from Zimbabwe says: "If you can walk then you can dance; if you can talk then you can sing"

Learn full-bodied harmonies from South Africa; overlapping rhythms from West Africa; gentle lullabies from East Africa; exotic melodies from North Africa; haunting cries from Central Africa. The weekend is open to anyone – no experience is necessary and all songs will be taught by ear. There will also be opportunities to explore the local area and relax.

Cromford, autumn 2014 All songs have been chosen carefully and arranged especially for voices only. Everything will be taught by ear (no need to read music!). No previous experience needed – just bring yourself and have a go. Whether you've only ever sung in the shower, or you're already in a choir, there will be something here for everyone – all in a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

You'll be amazed at the sound we create together and a recording of the workshop will be made available free afterwards to remind you of the weekend.

Feedback from 2017's weekend at Willersley Castle:

"Absolutely brilliant to hear the songs again. It was a wonderful weekend of singing despite so many of us having colds/coughs. It's amazing how you build the songs up and how they all seem to magically come together in the end!"

"Thanks very much for a great weekend at Willersley Castle, up to your usual high standard of entertainment! I really enjoyed all the songs."

"Thank you for a great weekend, we really enjoyed ourselves, and are aware of how hard you worked."

Click to hear recordings from previous African singing workshops that Chris has run.
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HARMONY SINGING DAY

Saturday 27 October 2018 11am to 5pm
Church on the Corner
64 Barnsbury Road
London N1 0ES

Cost: £20 in advance (£25 on the door) (bring lunch to share)

You can buy tickets here and pay with a credit/debit card (you don't need a PayPal account – select "Check out as guest" when you come to pay). If you prefer to pay by bank transfer or cheque then contact Chris for details.

Come for a fun-filled day of harmony singing taught in Chris's inimitable style with lashings of humour, oodles of fun and a firm, but gentle hand on the steering wheel.

The Church on the Corner is a light and airy venue just 8 minutes walk from Angel tube station.

We'll be learning songs from a range of cultures and traditions across the globe, all arranged especially for voice only.

As always, everything will be taught by ear (no need to read music). No previous experience needed — just bring yourself and have a go. Whether you've only ever sung in the shower, or you're already in a choir, there will be something here for everyone — all in a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
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November 2018

HARMONY SINGING FOR EXPERIENCED SINGERS — residential weekend

Friday 2 November 2018 5pm to Sunday 4 November 2018 2pm
The Claret Centre, Buckden Towers
High Street
Buckden
St. Neots PE19 5TA
Cambridgeshire

Cost: £150 (shared twin)/ £200 (single) PER PERSON
if booked and fully paid for by 3 August 2018, otherwise £20 per person more

SOLD OUT

Please note that when booking a shared twin, you must book with one other person. If you are just one person, you will need to book single occupancy.


Work as a small ensemble over a whole weekend with one voice to each part. A chance to hold a part on your own with like-minded singers. Strictly limited to 16 experienced harmony singers.

You'll need to be able to hold a harmony part on your own and have done so regularly in the past to be eligible for this weekend.

Take your singing to the next level by working as a small ensemble over a whole weekend. Unlike the Better harmony singing: the small group challenge weekends, there will be less emphasis on vocal training and more on just singing together with one voice on a part.

This weekend course will be strictly limited to a maximum of 16 singers. You must have extensive harmony singing experience and have sung with just one voice on each harmony part. You also need to be flexible vocally and be able to pick up new songs fairly quickly.


This is your chance to explore your voice in a safe environment with a supportive bunch of like-minded singers, all of whom want to explore and stretch their harmony singing abilities. Serious work, but in a fun style!

Claret Centre The Claret Centre at Buckden Towers is a Victorian house set in a fifteen acre estate offering seclusion and tranquillity. A beautiful collection of buildings from diverse historical periods is surrounded by a variety of gardens and natural features including a Tudor knot garden, a lake, woodland walk, pasture and lawns. Buckden itself is a pleasant village which used to be an old coaching stop on the Great North Road in Huntingdonshire.

Claret Centre Accommodation is in twin rooms all with shared bathrooms (no en suites). We will have the entire main house to ourselves during the weekend. The weekend includes all meals, tuition and tea/ coffee breaks.

Comments from 2017's Better harmony singing weekend:

"I loved the singing of course: great songs, technical work and listening to each other. It was a lovely quiet venue and a nice group of people. The free time on the Saturday afternoon and socialising in the lounge upstairs in the evening made for a good balance."

"I like that we spent long enough learning some challenging material so that we could sing it well enough and get the sense of satisfaction. It was also good to learn vocal techniques in the context of actual songs."

"I liked the way everyone concentrates and personalities do not matter, only the singing. Critical comments (which are essential) were pitched at exactly the right level."
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