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Narthen – Carolling & Beyond

Friday 16 Nov 4pm — Sunday 18 Nov 4pm, 2018

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Full board per person (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals & accommodation):

  • £232 – single ensuite room
  • £206 – sharing an ensuite room
  • £206 – single non-ensuite room
  • £160 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals):

  • £149

Non Resident (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals except breakfast):

  • £139

Enjoy a sensational singing weekend with Narthen – Barry Coope, Lester Simpson, Jo Freya and Fi Fraser.

“eclectic, funny, poignant and clever… rich in the Variety tradition – there are various nods to music hall – steeped in folk’s past and present” – Folking.com

This weekend will focus on polyphonic unaccompanied singing in four part and three part harmony, for which the quartet are best known. Expect to learn some very unusual versions of carols, some unique to this group. The material will include some pieces scored by hat makers, shoe makers, and blacksmiths of old with their incredible fugueing parts but will also include more traditional folk style songs arranged by the group itself. Whilst this will set you up with some fantastic singing material for the festive season it won’t all be about Christmas. There will be other songs too!

This music will fill your heart with joy and release all those endorphins that make us feel so good but in this case won’t add to your waistline. Although if you eat all the food offered at Halsway it won’t just be your repertoire that expands!

Who’s it For?

Singers of all levels of experience who want to have fun singing in harmony! You do not need to be able to read music; it may be provided for some songs but you will have time to learn the parts by ear and use the scores as a guide. The songs are meant to be sung with men’s and women’s voices on all parts. You may come thinking you’re a bass singer and end up doubling the soprano line. You may be a soprano on one song and a tenor on another.

The Team

Narthen are Barry Coope, Lester Simpson, Jo Freya and Fi Fraser. Barry and Lester were two thirds of Coope Boyes and Simpson and Jo and Fi play and sing in many bands as well as being part of ‘Voices at the Door’ a six piece vocal harmony group that include these four and Jim and Georgina Boyes for shows featuring the stories of acclaimed author Michael Morpurgo.

“top-notch!” – The Living Tradition

The quartet are known for their specialism in the polyphonic carols but their repertoire extends far beyond the festive season. All being talented multi-instrumentalists, they also augment their vocal harmony sound with piano, accordion, fiddle, soprano sax, ukulele and whistles.