Sacred Songs to Soothe the Soul

Lift your spirits with a feast of gorgeous harmonies. Learn songs from a range of spiritual traditions spanning the globe, all in a wonderful Lake District setting.

Sacred songs to soothe the soul

"This is the first time that I have ever done a singing workshop, and Brathay was a lovely introduction. Thoroughly enjoyed it, and all the songs that we sung. Your teaching is wonderfully relaxed and delightfully humorous, spot on. Great company too." British Folk, Brathay Hall, July 2018

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Friday 26 July 2019 5pm to Sunday 28 July 2019 2pm
Brathay Hall
Cumbria LA22 0HP

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Cost: £245 (superior twin/double) | £215 (standard twin/double) | £290 (twin as single) | £120 (non-residential) PER PERSON

Non-residential price includes all meals (except breakfast), all tuition and tea/coffee breaks.


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Coniston, Lake District A weekend of glorious harmony singing, fun and laughter. No experience needed – just a love of singing! Ambleside is in the very heart of the Lake District. Brathay Hall, a beautiful Georgian mansion, is set in 360 acres of mature woodland and rolling pasture at the head of Lake Windermere. The weekend includes all meals, tuition and tea/ coffee breaks.

View from Brathay Hall Explore the ancient art of unaccompanied sacred singing, used by people throughout the world to bring joy, healing and inspiration to their lives. Lift your spirits with a feast of harmonies and learn songs from a range of cultures spanning the globe. You don't need to be at all religious to tap into the beauty of sacred song.

Brathay Hall superior bedroom Superior twin/ double room accommodation is in lodges at the side of Brathay Hall. The lodges have a commanding view of the surrounding Lake District and rooms can be either twins or doubles (no single occupancy). All rooms offer a unique blend of comfort and contemporary design, with solid oak furniture, flat screen plasma TVs and wireless internet access in addition to the usual standard features. Each room has an en-suite shower and King-sized bed.

Loughrigg single room, Brathay Hall Standard single rooms (Loughriggs – see photo on left) are in a separate building at the back of the main house.

Standard single rooms (Helvellyns), Brathay Hall
Standard twins (and single occupancy rooms) are located on the second floor of Brathay Hall (please note there are no lifts!), with spectacular views of Windermere.

All standard rooms have a plasma screen TV, hot drinks facilities, hairdryer, desk, wardrobe, and radio alarm. Each room is en-suite.

Sacred Song encompasses an amazing mix of musical diversity: from the Black gospel church and the slave plantations of rural Southern USA, to Jewish Sephardic singing from Spain; from South African protest songs to New Zealand Maori hymns; from Corsican polyphony to the lush harmonies of the Russian Orthodox church; from the chants of the Taizé community to medieval plainsong; from the Georgian church to the Shaker community; and much more in between. We will learn several songs from some of these different traditions, all especially arranged for voice in unaccompanied harmony.

Brathay Hall
The weekend will draw on songs from a wide range of sources from across the globe. Singing sessions will consist of warm-ups, simple songs that bring instant rewards and also more complex songs in several parts that offer the rewarding challenges. There will also be opportunities to explore the local area and soak up summer sun.

Feedback from 2018's weekend at Brathay Hall:

"I enjoyed it all: an excellent balance between the singing, great songs, meeting and chatting with lovely people, good food and having a good stomp up a hill with views on Saturday afternoon."

"Great to have the time to learn so many new songs. I loved the humour – made it very relaxed and easier given that it was quite intensive therefore tiring, but also energising!"

"Quite frankly this was the best singing weekend that I've ever experienced. The choice of material and arrangements were great and the overall enjoyment has been amazing. Such a wonderful group of people."
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