Singers of all ages (teenagers to pensioners) and abilities are welcome to join the fun, in the comfortable and relaxed surroundings of Halsway Manor. Big Sings (with everyone having a chance to lead chorus songs – if they want to) when the bar is open, and opportunities to explore songs and individual singing in between, or have a ramble around the glorious countryside – it’s up to you! You’re welcome to bring accompanying instruments if you wish. The extensive folk library will also be open throughout the weekend should you wish to delve into the collection.
The weekend concludes after a twilight ‘Leaders’ Concert’ on the Sunday evening, but optional supper, B&B is available should you wish to stay on for Sunday night’s survivors’ session.
Who’s it For?
This is a friendly weekend is for singers of all ages and abilities to enjoy and explore traditional song in a convivial and supportive atmosphere, with opportunities to learn how to look after and improve your voice and performance.
“Camaraderie, support, inclusive, non-judgemental, helpful. The attendees and the tutors were wonderful people all intent on getting the most from the weekend.” Participant
Arrive in the afternoon – rooms available from 4pm. After dinner, time to socialise before the Big Sing in the bar – your opportunity to lead a chorus song, or two!
Where’s My Voice? Paul Sartin helps you find your voice, discover what it can do, and how to look after it.
Sing in the bar
OR Sing Us a Story theme session, sharing narrative songs.
Hark to the Old Ways Barbara Brown plays and talks about some of the women song carriers.
OR Making the Song. Tom Lewis helps you to create songs that strike a chord with others.
Morning sessions: I Can Do That! For those who would like feedback on their solo singing, assistance in feeling more confident, and how to approach songs, including accompaniments, possibly in small groups.
OR Field, Fell and Forest A theme session – bring a song to share.
Big Sing in the bar until cream tea time!
5pm – 6.30pm:
Concert from weekend leaders.
Weekend ends around 6.30pm BUT for those wishing to stay a little longer, there’s the option of supper, B&B, plus…
Survivors’ session in the bar.
Depart after a big Halsway breakfast!
Paul Sartin: One half of Belshazzar’s Feast, one-third of Faustus and a former member of the late lamented Bellowhead, all round brilliant singer and musician, Paul is also the leader of the Andover Museum Loft Singers, and a workshop facilitator for Live Music Now! An expert in knowing how to get the best from your voice.
Tom Lewis: Tom is perhaps best known for The Last Shanty (A Sailor Ain’t A Sailor), which has been recorded by over 30 different groups around the world. Ilan Eskeri used the melody from his song ‘A Sailor’s Prayer’ (Send Down A Dove) as a major theme in the musical score of the recent BBC Films’ production of ‘Swallows and Amazons’. So an expert on words and melodies to help you produce your own songs.
Tom & Barbara Brown: Grounded in the living tradition of singing in the West Country, these two have a long history of encouraging and enthusing amateur and new performers to share songs and singing, and creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in which to do it.