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Hilary James Voice Workshop Weekend 2016

Friday 25 Mar 4pm — Sunday 27 Mar 5pm, 2016

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

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“One of Britain’s finest voices” BBC Radio 4

Singers of all abilities are invited to join singer and musician Hilary James in this relaxed weekend of vocal delights. Enjoy the pleasure of singing with a group as you discover the potential of your own voice. Explore the wealth of songs within the British folk tradition and take a peek beyond: ballads, sea shanties, lullabies, comic songs and more.
Hilary will be working largely ‘by ear’ with simple improvised vocal harmony but, for the more experienced, written parts for some songs will be available.
As well as singing a cappella the group will join Simon Mayor’s mandolinists for some joint pieces.



Hilary James’ “elegant singing” (Daily Telegraph) has received enormous acclaim: quintessentially English but easily crossing the great musical divides from British folk ballads to blues and Berlioz. Played on radio everywhere from to Latvia to Los Angeles – in the acclaimed duo with Simon Mayor – she’s also famed for an unusual taste in bass instruments including her giant mandobass… and she might even manage a step-dance if the wind’s in the right direction. www.folksong.com


You can arrive anytime Friday but your room may not be available until 4pm. Course starts after dinner Friday evening. Finishes 5pm Sunday.


You can book on a course at Halsway and bring a friend who can explore the area while using Halsway as a base for meals and accommodation. Please Phone for details. Halsway Manor is in the Quantock Hills (England’s oldest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), 10 minutes from the West Somerset Railway (one of Britain’s largest steam railways), 20 minutes from the fossil beaches at Kilve and 30 minutes from the Exmoor National Park.


To make a booking please phone Viv Butler, Events and booking Manager on 01984 618274 (+44 19 84 61 82 74) or EMAIL US with your requirements.


All events, meals and accommodation (arrive from 4pm Friday, depart after 5pm Sunday:

£210 – single ensuite room;
£190 – sharing ensuite room;
£190 – single non-ensuite room;
£150 – sharing non- ensuite room.

Camper vans / caravans: £145 to include all meals and activities.


Further options available for day visitors (£50 per day including meals), for non-residents (£110) and for non-participating partners / friends / family wishing to share your accomodation and make the most of the lovely countryside and attractions of West Somerset. Ring for more details.


We get lots of plaudits for our food which is wholesome, plentiful and prepared on the premises each day by our two chefs, Ian and Amy, using fresh ingredients from local suppliers wherever possible. All dietary needs are catered for, just let us know when you book.


Our reasonably priced bar stocks a great selection of Somerset ales and ciders as well as wines, spirits and non alcoholic drinks. You can pay as you go or have a bar tab and settle up by cash or card when you leave. The bar is a great place for informal music sessions in the evenings.