Maddy Prior MBE and her daughter Rose-Ellen Kemp BSc (Hons) return to Halsway in 2024 for another song week dedicated to the voice. Maddy and Rose-Ellen have been teaching people and their voices at their own teaching centre, Stones Barn in Cumbria for many years, and we’re delighted to host them in the South West. The course will be for singers of all levels who want to work to build confidence, progress and improve their singing, and learn about voicing and the voice itself.
Working both altogether, and in smaller groups, you’ll have fun learning practical techniques to improve and maintain the voice, gain knowledge of vocal anatomy and physiology and hear some interesting insights into the current voice research. In the smaller groups you have the option to work individually with one of the leaders, with the supportive audience of your fellow group members. You will also – of course – enjoy some group singing for the sheer love of it.
A programme, timetable and music/lyrics sheets will be available nearer the time. We will also be joined by Jerry King, a pianist and music theory expert who can assist with learning the pieces and to quickly answer any queries you may have about the written music.
Each evening participants can gather in the bar to put these new techniques into practice during informal sing-around performances; these are hugely enjoyable and a chance to extend your confidence.
Past participants have found the course to be an absorbing and fulfilling singing experience.
“It was a really uplifting week. Enjoyed every moment.” 2023 participant
Who is it for?
All levels and styles of singer! We believe everybody should sing if they want to.
- Professionals and amateurs
- people who love to sing and want to sing better
- those who are interested in the technical aspects of the voice and singing
- those who feel they are terrified of singing/people who want to sing but were told they couldn’t
- people who haven’t sung in a while
- people who easily lose their voice after a short amount of singing
- people who think their voice has been affected by aging.
We will give you a lot of support, information, encouragement and YET MORE support to get your singing up to the next level from where you currently are.
“I loved the group and 1-to-1s most. It was just the challenge I was hoping it would be, and observing the tutors at work was so helpful.” 2023 participant
Maddy Prior MBE is one of the best known voices from the English folk revival, with a career spanning over fifty years. A founding member of Steeleye Span (since 1969) she has toured the world and continues to tour and record with them today. Maddy has recently graduated from The Complete Vocal Institute in Denmark after completing a 3 year course to become a singing teacher. She was the key note speaker at the Folk Expo in 2016. She was awarded the MBE for services to folk music, has a gold pin from BASCA, is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Cumbria and, in 2015 was honoured with the Gold Badge Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society. As an interpreter of traditional music as well as a songwriter, Maddy has been cited as an influence by many successful artists. She established Stones Barn in Cumbria as a centre for courses in music, poetry and performance which she runs in partnership with daughter Rose. She also founded the highly successful Stepping Stones Festival, now in its 7th year.
Rose-Ellen Kemp began touring alongside her parents as a child. She started performing as a solo artist at age 15 and continued touring Europe and the UK for the next 10 years playing many prestigious shows, festivals, TV and radio sessions. Rose-Ellen signed to Bjork’s record label One Little Indian Records for a time and released an E.P. and three critically acclaimed albums. Her music encompasses many genres including; progressive rock, classic rock, choral, drone-metal, doom-metal, stoner rock and sludge, all with a solid grounding in the melody of the English folk tradition. Rose-Ellen is known for her uncompromising writing style and extremely far-reaching vocal ability. She is able to demonstrate large variation of tone, intensity and texture. Rose-Ellen has been a vocal tutor teaching mainly vocal technique since 2003. With a view to being better able to assist singers to establish greater self-esteem through enhanced self-expression, she studied at Newcastle University. During the 4 years studying on the Speech and Language Sciences BSc (Hons) course, Rose-Ellen expanded her knowledge of voice and communication pathologies as well as other relevant subjects; head and neck anatomy and physiology, psychology, neurology, phonetics, phonology, linguistics and child development. Rose-Ellen has also recently completed Singing For Lung Health training.