Residential singing weekends

Spend a whole weekend singing with like-minded people

Skelwith Bridge,Lake District

"I have never met anyone who has Chris's ability through humour and perseverance to teach so many varied and challenging songs in a weekend. His energy is tangible and is maintained throughout the weekend. The atmosphere when the harmonies come together is electric and what I call a 'golden moment'. This is why I keep booking!" Sing Africa, Derbyshire, October 2018

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Forthcoming Weekends

  • Future weekend dates

    As I feared, all my singing weekends for 2021 have now been cancelled.

    But I have several venues booked for 2022 — hooray!!! Below are my residential weekends for the first half of 2022.

  • Harmony singing retreat LEVEL 1 – the small group challenge

    Wychcroft House, near Redhill, Surrey, 12-14 November 2021
    For singers who have never sung in a small group, but have always wanted to try. Develop your small group harmony singing skills as you work as a small ensemble. Limited to 16 singers.
  • Songs from the Pacific islands

    Felden Lodge, near Hemel Hempstead, 8-10 April 2022
    Learn gorgeous harmony songs from a range of traditional Pacific cultures. Songs from New Zealand, Cook Islands, Tonga, Hawaii, and more. A weekend of singing not far from London with lovely country walks nearby.
  • Sing Africa!

    Holiday Inn, near Peterborough, 10-12 June 2022
    Learn songs from across the African continent in this luxury venue (with spa!) in the Nene Valley. An opportunity to sing and move to infectious African rhythms.
  • Classicappella

    Brathay Hall, Ambelside, Lake District, 22-24 July 2022
    Learn Western Classical pieces arranged especially for voices only. Not choral works, but pieces adapted for a cappella. All in a wonderful Lake District setting.
  • American harmony singing traditions

    Cliff College, Peak District, Derbyshire, 14-16 October 2022 DATES TO BE CONFIRMED
    Learn songs from a wide range of American harmony traditions in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District.

What is a residential weekend?

The cost of a residential weekend includes all meals, tea/coffee breaks, and singing tuition. Accommodation is in a mix of single, twin and double rooms. The singles tend to sell out very fast! All rooms are en-suite (except The Claret Centre, Buckden Towers which has shared bathrooms). All venues are fully accessible unless otherwise stated. However, many venues have a limited number of accessible rooms. Please contact Chris if you have any queries.

Weekends start before supper on Friday and end after lunch on Sunday. Singing sessions are in the morning, late afternoon and in the evening after supper. There is two- to three-hour break on Saturday afternoon to give people a chance to explore the local area.