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A fabulous weekend of gospel singing for people of all faiths and none by the seaside in Devon.

Sidholme Hotel, Devon

"My shoulders are at least three inches lower than when I arrived. Thank you as ever. Always a pleasure to be part of a great weekend of camaraderie and musical harmony." Harmony singing weekend, Sidholme, July 2019

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Friday 11 September 2019 5pm to Sunday 13 September 2019 2pm
Sidholme Hotel
Elysian Fields
Sidmouth EX10 8UJ

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Cost: £215 (superior twin/double) | £200 (standard twin/double) | £215 (single occupancy) PER PERSON


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Sidmouth, Devon A weekend of glorious harmony singing, fun and laughter. No experience needed – just a love of singing! Sidholme Hotel is an elegant Georgian mansion set within nine acres of beautiful grounds, 10 minutes' walk from Sidmouth's centre. With a 20 metre pool, it also boasts a grand music room with chandeliers and a Gothic organ. Free parking is available, and Peak Hill, with its stunning views over the town, is just a 5-minute drive away.

Sidholme bedroom With lovely garden views, the bright and warmly furnished bedrooms in the main building each include free Fairtrade tea and coffee, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Rooms in the main building also have a flat-screen TV.

Sidholme music room 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. There will also be opportunities to explore the local area and relax.

Sidholme swimming pool
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).

Sidholme Hotel, Devon 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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Feedback from the harmony singing weekend in Sidholme 2019:

"Your personal style and enthusiasm, simplifying complex issues into a fun activity, made for a very enjoyable weekend which I would repeat without hesitation."

"Amazed, as always, at the quality of singing produced over the weekend, enhanced by the enabling teaching style which unites a group of strangers into a choir."

"I enjoyed nearly every minute of the singing! Your style and encouragement was superb. Obviously you've worked hard to achieve the great results. Great variety of songs too."

"Loved the whole thing! Location and hotel great. Have really enjoyed the singing highlights – mixed voices, friendly people, beautiful location, your humorous approach."

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