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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If you're looking for one-day and half-day workshops, you can find them on the singing workshops page.

Click here to read the latest (September 2023) Covid policy for Chris's residential singing weekends.

Forthcoming Weekends

  • Harmony singing for all

    St Columba's House, Woking, 19-21 April 2024
    A fun weekend of fabulous harmony singing in a contemporary retreat centre just 30 minutes by train from the heart of London. Learn songs from across the globe all arranged for voice only.

    SOLD OUTcontact Chris to go on waiting list. Please include phone number.
  • Songs from the Balkan heartlands

    Peterborough Holiday Inn, 14-16 June 2024
    Learn songs from different Balkan cultures and traditions. A fantastic opportunity to discover songs from harmony singing traditions that go back thousands of years, all in this luxury venue in the Nene Valley.
    SOLD OUTcontact Chris to go on waiting list. Please include phone number.
  • Lullabies from around the world

    Glenthorne Quaker Centre, Grasmere, Lake District, 5-7 July 2024
    Learn beautiful lullabies from different cultures, guaranteed to soothe and relax you. A stress-free weekend of singing in the beautiful English Lake District.
  • Folk songs from South Africa

    Sarum College, Salisbury, 13-15 September 2024
    A fantastic weekend learning a range of songs from the South African folk tradition (some with dances!) in the heart of the medieval cathedral city of Salisbury.
  • Songs of the sea

    Cliff College, Peak District, Derbyshire, 25-27 October 2024
    Learn a range of songs connected with the seas and oceans from different cultural traditions across the globe. From Corsica to New Zealand, from Britain to the Americas, all in the stunning 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.