"It was a lovely environment: peaceful, comfortable, relaxed and safe. I loved the small group work with Chris's constructive comments. Singing with others of a similar standard and learning some good songs with a fun learning style was just great." Experienced singers weekend, November 2018
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Friday 3 July 2020 5pm to Sunday 5 July 2020 2pm
The Claret Centre, Buckden Towers
St. Neots PE19 5TA
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Cost: £150 (shared twin) | £200 (single) PER PERSON
To be eligible for this weekend, you must be able to confidently hold a harmony part on your own and have done so regularly in the past.
All songs will be taught by ear, there will be no sheet music used.
To book, email Chris with a brief description of your harmony singing experience. He will then send you a booking form.
This singing retreat is part of a series of three different levels aimed at beginners, intermediate and advanced. You can find out more about how the levels work by reading the Harmony singing retreats section on the workshop themes page.
Take your singing to the next level by working as a small ensemble over a whole weekend. Unlike Harmony singing retreat (level 2): one voice to a part, there will be less emphasis on vocal training and more on singing together with one voice to a part.
This weekend course is 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 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!
The Claret Centre at Buckden Towers is a Victorian house set in a fifteen-acre estate offering seclusion and tranquillity. Gardens and natural features surround a beautiful collection of buildings from diverse historical periods. These include 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.
Accommodation is in twin rooms all with shared bathrooms (no en-suites). We will have the entire main house to ourselves over the weekend. The weekend includes all meals, tuition and tea/ coffee breaks.
Comments from 2019's Experienced singers weekend:
"Many thanks for a most enjoyable weekend, I am still buzzing with the harmonies we sang. The only down side was that the weekend went too quickly!!!"
"I want to thank you for your relentless positive energy! I know there is a lot of work behind the smooth running of such a song-teaching marathon."
"The selection of songs and the opportunity to 'perform' in small groups and get feedback was great. The venue and the food were lovely, and I really enjoyed your style of leading."
"I loved the opportunity to spend an extended time with other singers working in more depth on skills to bring out the best in each other."