Join Sarah Matthews, Jo May and Tracey Roberts for a Midsummer’s weekend combining voices, rhythms and wellbeing! With enjoyable whole group activities and breakout sessions focusing on voice, percussion or wellbeing, so that you can tailor the weekend to fit your personal aims.
We’ll be looking at the importance of singing and rhythm to our health and wellbeing, particularly in group music making. We’ll include some dedicated meditation, relaxation and yoga practices, and connect with the beautiful countryside around Halsway Manor with (weather permitting!) some outdoor sessions and walks.
There will be an Intarsia performance on the Saturday night, with the opportunity for workshop participants to get involved too. There will be a Solstice celebration of songs and salutations and an optional early morning welcoming of the new moon for any early risers.
Most of all this weekend break is an opportunity to enjoy a creative and fun weekend in good company. You are also welcome to bring instruments if you’d like to for evening sessions in the bar.
Who’s it For?
Everyone! The course aims to be inclusive of all levels of experience and ability. Percussion will focus on simple instruments which you might have at home, and vocal songs and harmonies are selected for simplicity and fun. Yoga practices will be accessible, enjoyable and suitable for everyone. Working together we’ll be able to build things up to add interest and complexity throughout the weekend, and create great sounds, but no single person need be a virtuoso!
Jo May originally trained at the Royal College of Music and began her career working with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra. A trip to Sidmouth Folk Festival sparked an enthusiasm for traditional music, which led to her interest in West African and Afro-Cuban music, as well as folk music from Europe and the British Isles. She currently performs with Against the Grain, Stepling, Intarsia, Token Women, as well as for various freelance groups and projects.
Jo is an experienced percussion teacher and workshop leader. She has spent many years working as a peripatetic music teacher in schools; running African Drumming Workshops; and previously running a range of exciting rhythm-based workshops with her group, Tapatak. Jo currently runs Spoons Workshops for all ages, in schools, and for parties, festivals and other events. She teaches a variety of techniques and rhythms on an assortment of spoons, often accompanied by a fiddler or other musician.
Sarah Matthews is a folk musician, singer and teacher. She plays the fiddle, viola, tenor guitar, sings, and dances with Pecsaetan Morris in Sheffield. Her many projects include her duo with Doug Eunson, Cupola trio (with Doug Eunson & Oli Matthews), quartet Cupola: Ward (with Lucy Ward), energetic new dance / ceilidh band DanceCupola, The Lunar Men (with storyteller Maria Whatton), Moirai (with Jo Freya & Mel Biggs) and Intarsia with Jo May.
Tracey Roberts is British Wheel of Yoga qualified and has been teaching since 2008. Her teaching focuses on self-inquiry – exploring creative, intuitive, natural movement, alongside breath-awareness, meditation and embodiment practices. She is interested in how a yoga practice that improves the natural functioning of the body and observational capacity of the mind can help us live more comfortably and happily in the world. She encourages exploration and an individualised approach which is both playful and confidence-building. Tracey is also an enthusiastic walker and sketcher of the great outdoors. Originally trained in the visual arts, she has spent 28 years working in the arts as a practitioner, trainer and mentor, nurturing people’s creativity.