Lakeland Voice - voice work and harmony singing
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2009 Workshops
January 23rd - 25th Scottish Song Weekend - and Burns Night. In Sedbergh
May 8th - 10th 2009 Howgills Hayfields Harmony - AN INTERNATIONAL CHOIRS MEET.

Workshops learning songs from each of the visiting choirs - music and learning CD sent in advance and also taught on the day, walks visiting local sites of special interest and singing in the hayfields, concerts, communal singing meals, pub singing - good company and singing guaranteed!

Accommodation provided in local hostels with communal meals. Early booking essential if coming with a choir to guarantee the hostel of your choice.

Cost: With accommodation, all meals, workshops, concert etc.: £79 (if coming one your own) or £69 (if coming with a choir or singing group.)
All meals, workshops, etc without accommodation: £49 (if coming on your own) or £39 (if coming with a choir or singing group.)
Just workshops and concert - no meals or accommodation : £12 per day (£8 if coming with a choir.)

A learning CD can be sent with harmony parts for songs from each of the visiting choirs for £3 plus a SAE.

May 22nd - 25th 2009 - The Hills Are Alive

A singing circular Whitsun walk over 4 days from Sedbergh through the Yorkshire Dales with overnight stops. Some songs will be learnt in advance with the help of written music sent in advance with a learning CD containing the harmony parts for several songs - others will be learnt en route on stops in our walk on the fells and on overnight breaks. Vehicle support will carry heavy bags and exhausted walkers. The weekend will include concerts and pub singing en route.

Cost: £95 includes learning CD, vehicle support etc.

June 12th - 14th 2009 Singing Cyclists - Residential weekend.

Workshops, rides, concerts, through different places from Sedbergh. Come with you bicycle or hire one from us for the day or weekend. Songs for everyone to join in with on downhill sections of the rides and during breaks in the ride. Singing stops will include singing in Yorkshire dales caves, by waterfalls, in country churches.... and round the fire in country pubs. Expect some surprises en route including performances by local singers. Packed lunches and all meals provided.

Cost: £79 with all rides (maps provided,) workshops, accommodation and meals. Bicycle hire: £10/day (a returnable deposit will also be required) - or bring your own.

A learning CD for those who would like to join an informal ensemble is also available for £3 plus a SAE. Help with accommodation, liftshares and local transport can also be arranged.

Singing cyclists who want to come on one day rides are also welcome on Saturday and Sunday - cost: £7.50 per day. Bring your own packed lunch.

July 24th - 26th 2009 Hardraw Haytime Harmony

Harmony Singing workshops at the Hardraw Gathering at The Green Dragon, Hardraw, near Hawes (www.greendragonhardraw.co.uk) with singing by the famous Hardraw Waterfall. Singing walks through the hayfields - and also beside Hardraw waterfall and other local places of interest including the Hawes countryside museum. No previous experience of singing is necessary as all songs are taught by ear without needing written music. The songs reflect life in the Dales and include rounds and longer songs in 2, 3 and 4 part harmony. Arrive after 5pm Friday.

Singing workshops over the weekend cost £5 each. Accommodation and meals can be provided for those who would like to spend a weekend at this wonderful small festival. £69 for the weekend which includes two nights hostel accommodation, all meals and refreshments, and singing workshops. (£49 each if coming with a group of singers.) Booking in advance essential. Concerts at the festival must be booked separately with the Green Dragon.

Liftshares can be arranged, including lifts from Oxenholme station (west coast mainline) and Garsdale Station (Settle Carlise line) - (about 1 1/2 hours and 30 minutes by bicycle.) Bus timetables can also be provided.

September 18th - 20th The Singing Cyclists ride again.

Singing and cycling through Dentdale and round the Howgill fells. All welcome for individual rides - single day or whole weekend with accommodation & meals, and also songs sent in advance with a learning CD and videos. £79 whole weekend.

September 26th - A world of song in Sedbergh Library 10am to 4.30pm.

Learn songs from 26 different countries and sing them with others - and then enjoy a concert with a local harmony group singing songs from around the world.

2008 Workshops
January 26th - 27th. Burns Weekend

No, not the result of too many bonfires but a celebration of Scotland's greatest bard, Rabbie Burns. We shall pipe in the haggis for the Burns supper, learn four part arrangements of Burns's songs, hear a local harmony group singing his songs, dance at a Saturday night ceilidh...and more. £49 including Burns Supper and Ceilidh dance with hot pot supper. Accommodation can be arranged.
March 8th - 9th, A River of Song

Learn songs round the fire on the banks of the river Clough in an old stone cottage at Farfield, near Sedbergh. Songs on a watery theme! Accommodation can be arranged if necessary. £39
April 19th - 20th, Spring Sing Thing

Our annual outing with Lakeland Voices out into the Spring sunshine (?) and blossom. Last year we walked down the Little and Great Langdale valleys and sang in caves and pubs. This year we shall be based in an area where many of our singers live between the Lyth and Winster valleys near Lake Windermere, and have been invited to sing at the Damson Day in the Lyth Valley. Workshops, concert, walks ...and good company with singers who live where the damsons grow.
May 23rd - 26th, Lakeland Songline

A return of our annual Hills are Alive weekend with singing in the Lake District mountains - suitable for those with a little experience in hill walking. We shall make wild camps high in the mountains, sing round log fires, do concerts in beautiful places in the valleys ... and have a van to carry all our heavy bags and tents. A learning CD will be sent in advance with written music. We shall also be meeting with local singers along the way.
June 6th - 8th, International Community Choirs Meet

We are inviting choirs from all over the EU including Slovenia (our twin town is Zrece in Eastern Slovenia) Italy, France, Poland, Spain, Germany and Slovakia. If you would like to come with your choir or singing group (or even just on your own) please get in touch as early as possible so that we can arrange accommodation for you. This is available in several wonderful venues in Sedbergh and nearby. We shall have the chance to learn songs from the different countries in our International workshops, join concerts in different places in and near Sedbergh, have singing suppers together, sing on a short walk...and several other delights for harmony singers.
July 5th - 12th, Jura Island Harmony Singing Week

Join us on this beautiful island where we stay in the wonderful Jura House with it's own private beach, famous walled garden and woodland walks. Jura is famour for its wildness - countless otters, deers, seals, eagles and a way of life which is often forgotten on the mainland. The songs we learn will include songs in Gaelic and Scots with help from local Gaelic speakers - and we hope to join the local Gaelic choir for our annual concerts in the walled garden and in the village. Single rooms are available, plus shared lifts, outings, etc. (Jura is easy to get to - either by Caledonian MacBrayne ferries from Kennacraig to Islay and then the short crossing to Jura, or the new ferry from Tayvallich to Craighouse (takes under an hour.) Shared lifts to the ferry terminal can be arranged. Single room £350, or shared room £295.
July 25th - 27th Hardraw Haytime Harmony

Harmony Singing workshops at the Hardraw Gathering at The Green Dragon, Hardraw, near Hawes (www.greendragonhardraw.co.uk) with singing by the famous Hardraw Waterfall. Singing walks through the hayfields - and also beside Hardraw waterfall and other local places of interest including the Hawes countryside museum. No previous experience of singing is necessary as all songs are taught by ear without needing written music. The songs reflect life in the Dales and include rounds and longer songs in 2, 3 and 4 part harmony. Arrive after 5pm Friday.

Singing workshops over the weekend cost £5 each. Accommodation and meals can be provided for those who would like to spend a weekend at this wonderful small festival. £69 for the weekend which includes two nights hostel accommodation, all meals and refreshments, and singing workshops. (£49 each if coming with a group of singers.) Booking in advance essential. Concerts at the festival must be booked separately with the Green Dragon.

Liftshares can be arranged, including lifts from Oxenholme station (west coast mainline) and Garsdale Station (Settle Carlise line) - (about 1 1/2 hours and 30 minutes by bicycle.) Bus timetables can also be provided.

August 5th - 12th, Slovenia Singing Week

Since twinning with Zrece in Eastern Slovenia, many of us here in Sedbergh have come to love the country - both for it's extraorindarily beautiful landscape and for the hospitality of its people. We have also learnt to love the singing and learn songs from the many choirs and singing groups we have invited to join us in Sedbergh (see www.sedbergh.org.uk under Town Twinning and music.) On this tour we shall learn English and Slovene songs and join our Slovene friends singing in different parts of the country. Cheap flights are available to Maribor from Stansted and shared lifts to the airport can be arranged. Accommodation is in the wonderful 'Tourist farms' - mountain farms where all the food is home grown, and where often there is a love of music. £295 plus cheap flights
August 27th - September 1st Howgills Haytime Harmony

Choirs Meet with with workshops to learn each others songs, Hayfield Harmony walks, Harmony singing workshops, and concerts. With choirs from Slovenia (Oktet male voice choir) Sedbergh (singers with Amabile, BBC Radio 3 award winning girls' choir. The Cautley Carollers, Howgills Harmony, Lakeland Voices, Five in a Bar, and others including individuals. Also visiting youth choirs from Ponteland and Durham.

Singing workshops over the weekend cost £8 for the day (or £4 if coming with a group of singers,) the concert with Oktet and Amabile at 7.30pm on Saturday night in the People's Hall, Sedbergh costs £5. The Singing Walk on Sunday costs £5 and starts at 10am from Balliol School. Accommodation and meals can be provided for those who would like to spend a weekend at this wonderful small festival. £69 for the weekend which includes two nights hostel accommodation, all meals and refreshments, and singing workshops. (£49 each if coming with a group of singers or aged under 18.)

Liftshares can be arranged including lifts from Oxenholme (West coast mainline) and Garsdale (Settle-Carlisle line) stations. Local bus timetables can also be provided, as well as cycle friendly routes from the stations to Sedbergh (c.9 miles.)

September 14th 2008 and March 15th 2009 The Singing Cyclists

Two one day events: workshops, rides, concerts, through different places from Sedbergh. Come with you bicycle or hire one from us for the day or weekend. Songs for everyone to join in with on downhill sections of the rides and during breaks in the ride. Singing stops will include singing in Yorkshire dales caves, by waterfalls, in country churches.... and round the fire in country pubs. Expect some surprises en route including performances by local singers. Bring a packed lunch.

Cost: £7.50 for the day. Bicycle hire: £10 (a returnable deposit will also be required. Cheque or cash - sorry, no credit cards.)

A learning CD for those who would like to join a scratch ensemble is also available for £3 plus a SAE. Help with accommodation, liftshares and local transport can also be arranged.

Singing cyclists who want to come on one day rides are also welcome on the residential weekend June 12-14 2009

November 7th - 9th, Singing Settle Carlisle

Learning and singing songs about the building of the magnificent Settle-Carlisle line - and singing them on the train, in the stations (including the Ribblehead Station Settle Carlisle museum) and on walks beside the railway line. Accommodation is provided at Ribblehead within sight of the famous Ribblehead viaduct, the Settle Carlisle museum and the Station Inn, and a short walk to our concert at Chapel le Dale church where over 400 of the navvies who built the line and the women and children who lived and died with them are buried. Walks will include following the line from Ribblehead over the tunnel through Blea Mor to Dentdale.

The weekend costs £95 which includes two nights hostel accommodation, all meals and refreshments, singing workshops, walks and train fares. (£79 each if coming with a group of more than 5 singers.) The hostel is within walking distance of Ribblehead station on the Settle Carlisle line. Lift shares can also be arranged.

December 5th - 7th, Sedbergh and Dentdale Folk Carols Festival

Our fabulous annual festival is always well attended and includes a varied programme of workshops to learn the old folk carols sung in churches in the Yorkshire dales and also in pubs throughout Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Also Slovene carols from visiting choirs and other musical entertainments. And this year's Cave singing will include a visit to White Scar caves near Ingleton as part of our festival Singing Walk.

Concert on Friday night (8pm) in the Dent Memorial Hall with The Gladly Solemn Sound choir, Thomas Hardy stories with fiddlers, and visiting choirs.

Workshops on Saturday in the People's Hall, Sedbergh (10am-5pm) and Sunday morning include West Gallery carols with Paul Guppy, Yorkshire Dales pub carols with David Burbidge, Slovene carols with visiting Slovene singers and carols from the middle ages to today.

Singing Walk includes songs which everyone can join in with as well as songs from visiting choirs - and will visit The White Scar Caves near Ingleton as part of our singing walk.

Accommodation in local hostel alongside the visiting singers with all meals and refreshments - or we can send a list of local B&B's for those who require more luxury.

Cost: Concert: £5. Workshops and walk (including White Scar entrance ticket) £10 each. Pub singaround - free. Saturday early evening meal and ceilidh £10.
Whole weekend without accommodation and meals £49.
With hostel accommodation and all meals - £95.
A learning CD of folk carols taught on previous years is also available for £3 plus a SAE.

Lift shares can be arranged including pickups from local stations (Oxenholme west coast line or Dent on the Settle Carlisle line.)

December 20th, Carolling Cumbrian Cottages

Learn or revise the folk carols round the log fires of Smithy Cottage on the banks of the river Clough - and then join our local harmony group on a star lit walk through the winter landscape singing on the doorsteps of cottages cradled in the dale, and occasionally round the fires of these kindly Dalesfolk.

And then back to Smithy Cottage for mulled wine, mince pies and chestnuts roasted on the open fire.

Venue: Smithy Cottage, Farfield, Sedbergh.

Cost: £19.50 for the workshop. Also bring food for shared lunch and supper (a cafe is also available at the Farfiled Mill arts centre,) and outdoor clothes and footwear (ie Wellies/ walking boots, rain wear, warm clothes, flask and torch.)

Refreshments - teas, coffee, mince pies, mulled wine and chestnuts roasted on the open fire.

2007 Workshops

March 17th - 18th A River of Song

Learn songs from around the world in two, three and four part harmony round the logs fires of Smithy Cottage, on the Banks of the river Clough, near Sedbergh. And then sing them up the river in the woods and on the fellside. Learning by ear with warm ups. £45


April 1st Spring Sing Thing

Join the Lakeland Voices community choir for a day out in the Lake District - workshop, Little Langdale valley singing walk visiting caves & waterfalls, pub singing, concert, ceilidh, ‘Jacob's Join’ supper. 10am-10pm. £7.50 to £19.50


April 7th - 8th Easter Sing

Join a workshop round the log fires of Smithy Cottage on the banks of the river Clough, learning simple songs in two, three and four part harmony from sacred traditions around the world (including Taize and Iona.) And then singing them in places that include the recently-refurbished Dent Meditation Centre in the cobbled village of Dent.. ‘Jacob's Join’ lunch or cafe, evening singaround, ¬†Learning by ear - though written music will be provided after the workshop. CDs of parts available. Beginners welcome. £45


May 11th - 13th Community Choirs Meet - Sedbergh, Cumbria

Whole weekend or day visitors welcome. Join us in Sedbergh over the weekend of May 11 - 13 with singers from a Slovenian women's choir from Zrece, the Northumbrian male voice folk choir Voice Male, and several local choirs including Lakeland Voices community choir, the Sedbergh groups Howgills Harmony and the Cautley Carollers, and others from further afield.
As well as the main concerts, there will also be opportunities for small performances around Sedbergh, to learn the other choir's songs (and teach your own if wanted,) workshops with the Slovene singers for completely new material, and a singing walk via waterfalls. bluebells and woodland between Sedbergh and Dentdale (with a vehicle to carry non-walkers.)
Times: Workshops are in the People's Hall from 10am - 4.30pm on Saturday May 12. The concert starts at 7.30pm. Pub session for instrumentalists will start at 9.30pm. The Bunk Barn accommodation is available from Friday 4pm with evening meal at 7pm.
Cost: For Singers with groups is £12 for one day, £20 for the weekend. (Individuals £15 and £25). Or a total of £69 for the whole weekend (£79 for individuals) with two night's accommodation from Friday to Sunday, with all meals in a luxury hostel just up the fellside from Sedbergh with underfloor heating, small en suite rooms of 4-5 beds, brand new kitchen and vast lounge looking out over the fells.


May 25th - 28th Singing The Howgills

Over the second May bank holiday May 25-28 2007 we are walking and singing through these magnificent hills which Wainwright described as being like sleeping elephants. We'll be staying near Cautley spout waterfall near Sedbergh and joining up with community choirs along the way, when we do concerts in the middle of our walks at villages tucked into folds in the hills. A vehicle will be available to pick up the exhausted - or the lazy! The accommodation is in shared rooms although B&B is available if booked very early (an extra charge for B&B). Meals provided though some help will be requested. £95


June 16th -17th Martindale Music - Ullswater

West Gallery weekend learning songs which were sung by the choir which sang in this valley and the old church at Martindale in the 18th and early 19th centuries and led by John Jackson the second - choir master and school teacher in this valley. A small group of descendents of those who sang in this choir will be with us - and performances will include local west gallery choirs. The weekend will include a singing walk via the shores of Ullswater and a workshop in the Old Bobbin Mill at Howtown where the apprentices who sang in the choir worked.
Venue: Martindale, near Pooley Bridge and Penrith. Cost: £45.


July 30th - August 6th. Singing Slovenia

As well as being one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Slovenia is famed for the quality of its singing. We shall be meeting many of those who sing in choirs in Sedbergh's twin town of Zrece as well as visiting other places throughout the country for concerts, walks and song swaps.
We shall be learning a repertoire of songs before we leave - a learning CD and written music will be available and there will also be opportunities to meet the other singers on weekends and evenings prior to departure. Anyone is welcome to join us.
Accommodation is in a mountain guest house with fabulous food provided. There are cheap flights from Stansted to Ljubljana with Easyjet costing between £40 and £80 depending on when tickets are bought (these are not always cheapest if bought earlier in the year.) In previous years we have also arranged for shared transport to and parking at the airport. In Slovenia we shall have our own vehicle for transport. Cost: £295 plus cheap flights and shared transport to airport.


August 18th - 25th Jura

We shall be staying in Jura house - a mansion overlooking the sea with its famous walled gardens and walks through the woods on the southern side of this remote island. The house sleeps 16 in 12 bedrooms, so there are plenty of single rooms if people want them - on a first come first served basis.
We shall be learning a number of songs in 2, 3 and 4 part harmony from around the world including Scottish folk songs. This year we will also learn songs in Gaelic with some help from a local native spearker of Gaelic.
On the last night there will be an opportunity to give an informal concert in the local village alongside a group of singers from the island. This is optional. There will also be opportunities for people to teach their own songs, work in small groups, or sing solo in the concert.
Musical instruments are welcome - but this is primarily an a cappella harmony singing week.
Although Jura is one of the largest of the Scottish Islands, it is also the least populated with less than 200 people living here. There is one single track road, one pub, one shop, one Whiskey distillery, but countless wild birds (including Golden Eagles) and the beautiful Paps of Jura - conical shaped mountains in the south of the island. George Orwell also lived and wrote on the island. Outings can be arranged.
A daily ferry takes 2 hours from the mainland (foot passengers £6 one way - bicycles £2) - I shall be taking my car and can pick you and your bags up from where the ferry from Islay lands on Jura (a five minute crossing.) It is then just 5 miles to the house - a bus via the house also connects with the ferry. If you wish to bring a bicycle this would be a good idea. There is one single track road on the island and very little traffic. Shared lifts can be arranged - last year most of our party ¬†broke their journey with an overnight stop at Inverary.
Cost: £295 in shared rooms or £350 for a single room if paid in full by May 1 (£400 thereafter.) A £50 deposit secures a place.
See an account of an earlier visit to Jura and pictures of the island.


September 8th - 9th. Corsican singing weekend

With Corsican harmony singing group Tavagna in Sedbergh - concerts and workshops from this rich polyphonic singing tradition.


November 9th - 11th. Singing Settle Carlisle

In 1876 the first train steamed triumphantly into Carlisle station having made the 70 mile journey from Settle for the first time. It took the 10,000 navvies and miners who build the line over 7 years to complete it - over 400 of them died from accident, disease and appalling weather conditions. Many of them are buried in a tiny chapel high in the hills - which we shall visit during the weekend.
David Burbidge will teach songs about the men who  built of the line, and the women and children who lived and died with them in shanty towns in some of the most inhospitable country in the world. Songs will be in 2, 3 and four part harmony and will include folk songs written by Dentdale singer song writer Ken Pope, former steam train driver Dave Goulder, and the late Mike Donald, as well as arrangements by other singers.
We shall sing these songs in the stations, on the train, in the pubs, and on a short walk via the famous Batty Moss viaduct and the wild and soulful terrain crossed by this magnificent railway.
Cost: £95 - which includes workshops, train fare, food, and two night accommodation with food - if paid in full by November 1. (£100 after.) A†£25 deposit secures a place.
For further information about the Settle-Carlisle rail line please click here -
Settle-Carlisle background. Close the Settle-Carlisle window when you have finished to return to this page.

November 30th -December 2nd. Folk Carols Festival

Learn folk and West Gallery Carols in two, three and four parts in Sedbergh - folk instruments such as serpents, fiddles, saxophones, bassoon, cellos etc. are welcome to accompany the West Gallery singing. Although the folk carols can be learnt by ear, written music will be provided.
On Saturday night we shall gather for our annual harmony singaround in the romantic Sportsman's Inn situated at the head of Dentdale. Last year this included Nkosi Sikelel 'iAfrica, Sto mi e milo, and Sensenina, as well as folk carols such as Pentonville and Old Foster (to the words of While Shepherds Watched) The  Boars Head, The Carnal and the Crane, and Gaudete. There will also be a ceilidh with dances from different countries and a meal.
The singing walk on Sunday will include songs which everyone can join in with, as well as songs by Odmev and other practiced choirs. Singing venues will include spectacular waterfalls, woods.. and round the open fires of a country inn.
Cost £10 per session, concert ¬†£5, £49 whole weekend, or £95 including accommodation and food. (if paid by November 11)


December 15th Carolling Cumbrian Cottages

Learn or revise  folk carols round the log fires of Smithy Cottage on the banks of the river Clough - and then join our local harmony group on a star lit walk through the winter landscape singing on the doorsteps of the cottages cradled in the dale. (and occasionally round the fires of these kindly Dalesfolk.)  And then back to Smithy Cottage for mulled wine, mince pies and chestnuts roasted on the open fire.
Venue: Smithy Cottage, Farfield, Sedbergh. .
Cost: £19.50 for the workshop. Please bring a small present to give to the cottagers where we sing - no collection is made. Also food for shared lunch and supper (caf√© also available at Mill,) and outdoor clothes and footwear (ie Wellies/ walking boots.)
Refreshments - tea, coffee, mince pies, mulled wine and chestnuts.


2006 Workshops

October 14th - 15th Frankie Armstrong

The voices of the Archetypes - exploring the essence of the female voice (for women only,) Using movement and physical awareness and creative imagery to access the essence of the female voice - with the country's leading natural voice pioneer.
Saturday: The People's Hall, Howgill lane, Sedbergh 10am-4.30pm. Sunday: Howgill School Room, Howgill Lane, Howgill. 49
DIRECTIONS: As you enter Sedbergh from the motorway, turn left at the Dalesman pub up Howgill Lane. The People's Hall is the last building on the left surrounded by playing fields. There is a large free car park. Please wear loose comfortable clothes which are easy to move in.


November 10th - 12th Singing Settle-Carlisle

A harmony singing weekend learning songs about how they built this mountain railway - and then singing them on the train, in the stations, and on a walk through the wild Pennine landscape with The Toilers' Gift concert in Dent. Residential, in Dentdale. £89


December 8th - 10th Folk Carol Festival

Come and join the lively singing in Sedbergh and Dentdale of these English and Slovene folk carols - including the old West Gallery carols which were sung in country churches between 1700 and 1850 - and today in many Yorkshire pubs. Workshops, concert, festive supper with a carolling ceilidh, singing walk, and annual pub harmony singaround. Residential - or just come for part of the weekend. With Dent Youth hostel accommodation and food £89 or individual sessions (apart from concert): £10.
PROGRAMME:
FRIDAY, CONCERT with the Zrece choir from Sedbergh's twin town in Slovenia and the Gladly Solemn Sound West Gallery choir - 7.30pm Dent Meditation Centre. 5
SATURDAY, WORKSHOPS: The People's Hall, Sedbergh: 10am-1pm English and Slovene Folk Carols with David Burbidge and Mojca Koban-Dobnik, musical director of the Zrece choir, with her 30 singers. With voice warm-ups and easy to learn carols.
2-5.30pm West Gallery and Slovene carols with Paul Guppy, Director of the Gladly Solemn Sound choir, and Mojca Koban-Dobnik. Written music will be provided - a CD of the parts is available in advance for those who don't read music.
6-9.30pm CAROLS CEILIDH - English and Slovene carols and dances to join in with and festive meal in the Dent Memorial Hall, Dent. Followed by singing in the Sportsman's Inn.
SUNDAY, December 10 in the Dent Youth Hostel: 10am-12.30pm Folk Carol workshop. 1.30pm SINGING WALK. 4.30pm Afternoon tea with farewell carols.


Saturday December 16th 10am-10pm Carolling Cumbrian Cottages

Learn/revise folk carols round the open fires of a riverbank cottage, and then sing them in harmony on a starlit walk through the winter landscape. Workshop from 10am-5pm. Carolling from 6pm-10pm on the doorsteps of cottages cradled in the dale, and round the fires of these kindly Dalesfolk. Bring food for shared supper/lunch.19.50 Meet at Smithy Cottage, Farfield near Sedbergh.



2004 Workshops

February 28-29 - Northern Harmony

Weekend with the fabulous choir from Vermont, USA directed by Larry Gordan. Workshop and concert in Dent.


May 28-31 2004 - The Hills are Alive: Lakeland Walking Tour with Concerts

To find out about our walking and singing tour of Lakeland please click here - Lakeland Walking Tour with Concerts. Close the Lakeland Walking Tour window when you have finished to return to this page.

July 3-10 2004 - Jura Harmony Singing Holiday

A diary of  the week we spent on our singing holiday on Jura can be viewed by clicking here - Jura Harmony Singing Holiday. Close the Jura Holiday window when you have finished to return to this page.


October 23-24 - Frankie Armstrong - The Earth In Our Song - Voice, Singing and Performance Skills

Frankie will be well known to many singers as one of the founders of creative voice work in this country and an internationally acclaimed singer and workshop leader. Her many performances and CDs have been hailed as tremendous achievements by reviewers, and with over 30 years experience singing and leading workshops she has become one of the most treasured teachers within the world of voice work, folk and community singing.

In the workshop Frankie covered all aspects of singing and performing including breathing, bodywork and release, vocal authenticity and presence.

November 12-13 - Singing the Settle-Carlisle Line

Dent Youth Hostel residential weekend learning songs about the men who built this magnificent railway through the Penine hills.

For further information about the Settle-Carlisle rail line please click here -
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For information about the Dent Youth Hostal have a look at the Dentdale website at www.dentdale.com. Close the Dentdale window when you have finished to return to this page.

December 18  - Carolling Cumbrian Cottages<

Lakeland in winter A star lit walk through the Lakeland landscape singing carols in harmony on the doorsteps of remote cottages, in the woods, by the river, on the fell. Carolling where few carollers ever before have dared to go.



2003 Workshops

November 14-16 2003 - Singing the Settle-Carlisle Rail Line

Residential singing workshop, learning songs about the building of this historic railway line through the wild Pennine hills of Northern England. Followed by singing the songs on the train, in the stations, on a short walk via the Ribblehead viaduct and railway museum, and round the fire at the Railway Inn.

December 6-7 2003 - Folk Carol Weekend

Learning lively old folk and West Gallery Carols and then singing them on a walk by the serene waters of upper Dentdale. With Paul Guppy and David Burbidge. In Sedbergh and Dent, Cumbria.



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