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Friday 5 October 2018 6pm to Sunday 7 October 2018 2pm
Willersley Castle Hotel
Cromford DE4 5JH
Cost: £210 (superior twin/double)/ £200 (standard twin/double/single) PER PERSON
if booked and paid for by 6 July 2018, otherwise £20 per person more
2019's weekend at Willersley Castle will be 20 – 22 September. The theme will be Songs from Eastern Europe. Booking opens in January 2019.
Sir Richard Arkwright, the great industrialist, commissioned Willersley Castle in the 1790s. You can still see many of the original features today. The Castle overlooks the Derwent Valley World Heritage site. There are plenty of excellent walks in the area and you will have time on Saturday afternoon to explore.
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.
The superior rooms all have fantastic views over the Derwent Valley. All bedrooms at Willersley Castle include tea/coffee making facilities and a hairdryer. There is also a lift in the castle serving both first- and second-floor bedrooms.
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.
Chris has carefully chosen the songs which are all arranged for voices only. He teaches everything by ear so there is no need to read music.
Chris will make a recording of the workshop available free afterwards. This will remind you of the weekend and impress you with the sound we create together!
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.