"The ease of learning, expertly facilitated by Chris, was great. I loved learning such a broad variety of songs in other languages. It was lovely getting to know other people with a passion for singing." Participant on 2023's Harmony Singing weekend
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Friday 19 April 2024 5pm to Sunday 21 April 2024 2pm
St Columba's House
Woking GU22 8AB
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Cost: £255 (twin/double) | £285 (single) PER PERSON
please note that there is a limited number of twin/double rooms, but plenty of singles
if booked and paid for by 19 January 2024, otherwise £20 per person more
ONLINE BOOKING OPENS 6pm MONDAY 2nd OCTOBER 2023
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St Columba's House is an urban contemporary retreat and conference centre just 30 minutes by train from the heart of London and a mile from the centre of Woking. The main building dates from the 1960s and is surrounded by mature trees and woodland. There is a separate four-bedroom house (Redwood) in the grounds with twin rooms and a lounge. The weekend includes all meals, tuition and tea/ coffee breaks. The venue does not sell alcohol, but you are very welcome to bring your own (no corkage charge).
All bedrooms have been recently refurbished and are en-suite with showers (no baths). There is wi-fi throughout the centre and several tea/coffee making stations. The majority of rooms are single, plus three twin/double rooms, two twin rooms and two rooms with disabled access. Hair dryers are available from reception. St Columba's House is a Christian retreat centre, although the weekend will be secular and open to all, regardless of religious beliefs.
The weekend will draw on songs from a wide range of sources from across the globe. The workshop will consist of warm-ups, simple songs that bring instant rewards and also more complex songs in several parts that offer rewarding challenges. There will also be opportunities to explore the local area and relax on the Saturday afternoon.
A weekend of glorious harmony singing, fun and laughter. No experience needed – just a love of singing! All songs have been chosen carefully and arranged especially for voices only. Lose yourself in thrilling rhythmic songs from Africa, rich dark harmonies from Eastern Europe, uplifting African American Gospel and the sweet sounds of the Pacific.
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 previous harmony singing weekends:
"The teaching was excellent. I liked the variety of songs and the way you teach them. Your energy is amazing!"
"I really enjoyed all of the weekend. I thought that the choices you made for the songs were really good — both challenging and having lovely harmonies. I've been on a number of these types of weekends and I felt that your experience in doing this really showed and also liked your energy and your quirky sense of humour."
"I really enjoyed the way you teach us the songs and the energy that you share with us. I'm not used to learning songs so fast, but you made it very possible."
"I love your enthusiasm and the way you teach brings out the best in us all. The singing was great as was meeting such lovely people."