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Harmony Singing Weekend p

Friday 19 Aug 4pm — Sunday 21 Aug 4pm, 2022

p Partnership Event

For details and booking of this partnership event please contact Ali Burns:


An intensive weekend of singing with Ali Burns (Scotland), Brendan Taaffe (USA) and John Harrison (USA).

The tutors will bring new compositions each showcasing their own particular style. Friday’s workshop will begin at 5pm with a gentle introduction to the songs. After dinner we’ll have a short sing, leaving time for socialising and getting to know each other. Saturday will have around 6 hours of workshop followed by dinner and more social time. On Sunday we’ll have time to work on all the songs again before closing the weekend at 4pm.

Who’s it For?

The event is open to anyone with a passion for harmony singing. Whether you sing in a choir or down the pub, if you’re not a complete beginner to holding a harmony, you are welcome. Songs will be taught at a pace that suits aural learners but written music will be available too.

The Team

Brendan Taaffe and John Harrison from the US are both well loved and respected contemporary Shape Note composers, steeped in the tradition but reinventing it for today’s singers. Between them they have a vast knowledge and love of the many traditions that make Americana.

Ali Burns is one of the UKs leading songwriters for the community choir sector and brings her own folky style to a contemporary world.

Together they have run several workshops in Scotland and the US, and have a devoted following of regular singers.