Raise your voice in this summer singing weekend, exploring folk song in harmony, with two of the UK’s finest exponents, Paul Sartin (Belshazzar’s Feast, Faustus, Bellowhead) & Lester Simpson (Coope, Boyes and Simpson, Narthen). Hosted by Meg Rose, expect practical workshops exploring Paul & Lester’s different approaches to harmony, plus ‘Big Sings’ in the evenings and possibly a trip out…
Who’s it For?
Singers of all levels of experience and ability are welcome. You won’t be needing to sing on your own during workshops, although those who want to lead songs in the evenings will be very welcome to do so. Bring instruments too for evening sessions.
Paul Sartin is a singer, oboist, fiddler, member of Belshazzar’s Feast, Faustus (Preis der Deustchen Schallplattenkritik 2017) and the late BBC award-winning Bellowhead. He was a Choral Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, then subsequently a Lay Clerk at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and preferred Bass Deputy in Winchester Cathedral Choir. Paul directs the Andover Museum Loft Singers, and arranged Community Choirs Folk (Faber Music). A BASCA-nominated composer, recent commissions include work for the BBC, RSC, Aldeburgh Music, and the Southbank. He arranged and MD’d The Transports (Guardian *****), and Anthony and Cleopatra, As You Like It and Cymbeline for Central School of Speech and Drama. He is a recipient of a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
Lester Simpson: In 1993, three blokes from South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, with a name like a firm of solicitors, released an album of acappella songs full of social comment and (in the words of Folk Roots) ‘harmonies you could chew’. They were, of course, Coope Boyes and Simpson, and the album was Funny Old World. Q Magazine named it as their Roots Album of the Year in 1994. Twenty three years later, with a career that encompassed at least a dozen albums, numerous tours and festival appearances, as well as a Folk Awards nomination, Coope Boyes and Simpson released their final studio album ‘Coda’ and bid audiences farewell in a 2017 finale tour.
He may have hung-up his touring shoes, but Lester continues to sing and share his love for traditional song. He currently runs four choirs in Derbyshire and Staffordshire, and has a wealth of harmony arrangements, mostly in English and many drawn from the folk tradition and Coope Boyes and Simpson’s repertoire. He was an extremely popular and inspiring guest leader at the 2019 Halsway ‘Give Voice’ weekend, and we’re delighted to welcome him back!