No special singing ability is required and all are welcome.
Below is a list of workshops that are running in the near future.
For more information or bookings contact Delia.
HeartSong Acappella Singing Workshops:
Four Fridays: 14th September, 5th October,
2nd November, 7th December 2018
Main Hall, Forest Row Community Centre, Hartfield Rd, Forest Row
The December 7th workshop will be a candle-lit, Taize chants workshop.
(For details, scroll down page to find workshop).
The Sept, Oct and Nov. workshops will be as follows:
~Harmonies to make your soul smile~
~Songs that warm the heart & nourish the spirit~
~Uplifting melodies all taught by ear~
~Gospels & songs from Africa, Israel,
Europe, Taize & around the world~
~Meditative songs, healing songs & songs of love & peace… ~
Lots of fun! All welcome, including
children old enough to take part
No experience necessary
Cost per workshop: £15 if paid in advance or £18 on the door
Reduced cost if attending all four workshops £55
Please pay using the appropriate PayPal buttons below,
or ask me for bank details to pay by BACS.
For 7th Dec workshop please use PayPal button under details of
Taize workshop lower down the page.
Delia 01342 825031
‘Songs of the Heart’
Autumn: Sunday TBC 2018, 6.30-8pm
(with the possibility of continuing as a monthly group)
Hove Methodist Church, Portland Rd, Hove, BN3 5DR
Beautiful heart-warming songs all taught by ear. All welcome.
Gospels and sacred songs, Taize chants and other inwardly nourishing songs
of a meditative and uplifting nature.
Cost £10. All welcome.
Bookings and enquiries: Charlotte: 01273 730432
Candlelit Taize Chants Workshop
Next Burrswood workshop TBC
Burrswood, Groombridge, E. Sussex, TN3 9PY
When people come together to share their voices in harmony, something magical happens! This HeartSong acappella singing workshop, will be a nourishing opportunity to learn and sing beautiful, uplifting sacred songs, by ear (no need to read music!) amid the magical presence of candle-light. Come and ‘bathe in’ heart-opening songs from the Taizé Monastery and other sacred traditions – songs with the ability to carry you to a rich & peaceful place within.
All ages and abilities welcome.
Please bring a bottle of water.
‘Finding Vocal Freedom & Ease’:
Singing, Speaking, Breathing
& the Alexander Technique
Saturday 10th November
11am – 4.30pm
in Forest Row, East Sussex
For singers, speakers, performers and anyone interested in
how their physicality effects their voice and breath.
An opportunity to work creatively and in-depth with
the Alexander Technique in relation to your voice and breath
and to explore how releasing unnecessary
tension patterns can free and expand your voice,
improve your breathing and enhance performance.
The course will consist of a foundation of Alexander Technique-based muscular release work to enable you to begin identifying the areas of tension that may interfere with the experience of vocalising freely; to learn tools to help release out of these, and to deepen your understanding of how your body can perform freely and optimally. This work will involve working in stillness (eg lying on one’s back in semi-supine) and in movement, whilst singing, speaking, sounding….
We will explore how our breathing and vocalising mechanisms work, how we interfere with these physically, and how we can allow these to function optimally. This will include simple, practical anatomy and/ or embryology and
lots of practical work.
Additional work will involve movement/ stretching, guided visualisations,
talk-throughs, work in pairs, lots of fun…..and more…
All work will be underpinned by the principles of F.M. Alexander’s Technique.
Each workshop will explore a different theme.
A few examples of themes that will be explored are:
*The importance of head-balance and having a lengthening spine*
*Finding support for the suspended larynx and lungs*
*Demystifying breathing, the diaphragm, the lungs…*
Venue: 33 Upper Close, Forest Row, E. Sussex, RH18 5DS
Cost: £90 per day, includes lunch & refreshments
Previous Alexander experience is helpful, though not required.
Bookings: Places are limited.
To secure a place please pay with the Paypal button, or ask for bank details to make a BACS transfer.
Please call Delia on 01342 825031, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advent Taize Chants by Candlelight (London)
Saturday 1st December 2018, 3.30-5.30pm
St.Richard’s Church, Ashburnham Road, Ham, Richmond, TW10
Beautiful, easy-to-learn rounds and songs in uplifting four-part harmony.
Songs that nourish and open the heart, from the Taize monastery
and other sacred traditions. An evening not to be missed.
A beautiful, magical lead up to Christmas!
An Advent Singing Experience:
Candle-lit Taize Chants & Sacred Songs
Friday 7th December 2018, 7-9pm
Garden Room, Forest Row Community Centre,
Hartfield Rd, Forest Row, RH18
A nourishing evening of beautiful sacred songs, all taught by ear
and sung in the magical presence of candle-light.
Songs that can carry you to a rich and peaceful place only created
by the sharing of joyous voices in harmony. Songs that open the heart,
from the Taize monastery and other sacred traditions.
Please phone to book a place: 01342 825031
New Year’s HeartSong Singing Workshop:
Gregorian Chant & Taize Workshop
Saturday 26th January 2019: 2-5pm
At St. Richard’s Church, Ashburnham Rd, Ham, Surrey, TW10
Come and celebrate the new year with beautiful, awe-inspiring Gregorian chants
and other heart-warming sacred songs from the Taize monastery
and other meditative traditions.
Songs in rich 2, 3 and 4-part harmony, all taught by ear.
A treat not to be missed!
All welcome, including children old enough to participate.
Please bring a bottle of water.
To book a place, please send a cheque along with your contact details to:
D. Rosenboom, 33 Upper Close, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5DS,
or use the online payment button below.
Enquiries: 01342 825031
Skilful Song Leadership
Friday 8th – Sunday 10th February 2019
An intensive 3-day training for singing-group-leader wannabees,
newbees and ‘old-handers’ alike.
Led by Delia Rosenboom NVN, ATI,
experienced singing workshop leader & Alexander Technique teacher.
Whether new to running singing groups, looking for guidance and support,
or an ‘old-hander’ looking for new ideas and inspiration, this is the
workshop for you! Three intensive, practical days packed full of
time-tested tips, tools and teaching skills to equip you to effectively run
happy, successful singing workshops and choirs.
Material will include:
The Hows, Whys and Whats of Vocal Warm-ups:
Exploring using warm-ups:
- To loosen the body…
- To organise the ‘furniture’ of the jaw, soft palate and throat…
- To help the group feel confident and at ease…
- To increase resonance or enhance pitching…
- To prepare for differing song styles (Gospel/ African/ Taize…)
- To help to pre-learn potentially tricky elements of songs…..
Song Teaching Tools:
Exploring ways of:
- Keeping the whole group engaged the whole time
- Teaching challenging words or rhythms quickly and easily
- Using rhythm as the foundation of a song
- Experiencing cross rhythms in the body, to make sense of a song (2/3, 4/5, 7/8 rhythms…)
- Pacing (teaching slower to learn faster!), repetition and hand signing
- Ensuring the group feel they ‘can do it’ / ‘can get it’ easily and effortlessly
- Playful distractions to deal with inhibitions and ‘old stuff’ around singing
- Myth-busting the diaphragm!
- Exploring taking a deep breath
- Enhancing breathing
This material has grown out of 25 years experience of running choirs and
singing groups and is underpinned by decades of both teaching the
Alexander Technique and working with Ta Ke Ti Na – a body-centred rhythm
method. Material will be taught through discussion, practical demonstrations,
experiential work, application of material to songs bought by participants;
observation and feedback… A certificate of attendance will be offered
upon completion of this training workshop, as proof of CPD.
Fri. 8th February: 2-5.30pm & 7.30-9pm,
Sat. 9th February: 10.30am-approx. 5pm,
Sun. 10th February: 10am -4pm
Forest Row Community Centre, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18
(Forest Row is a ‘holistically-orientated’ village 34 miles south of London, amid the beautiful Ashdown Forest, complete with stunning countryside walks,
biodynamic farms and quirky cafes! It is 2 miles from East Grinstead train
station and 20 mins drive from M23.)
Early-bird discount if booked by 1st January 2019: £270, Latercomers: £310
Cost includes all refreshments and lunches on Sat and Sun.
Accommodation not included.
Local accommodation from £25 per night– please ask for a list of local B&B’s.
Bookings and further information:
To secure a place please book a place using the pay now button.
Earlybird Rate (booking by 1st January 2019):
Later-comers Rate (booking after 1st January 2019):
Alternatively can send a cheque with your details to:
D. Rosenboom, 33 Upper Close, Forest Row, E. Sussex, RH18 5DS,
or ask for bank details to make a BACS transfer
Queries? Call Delia on 01342 825031
Things to bring with you:
Please bring three short, simple songs that you know well, that you could be prepared to teach as part of the workshop:
- A short song with foreign words or tricky words – that you may consider ‘a bit of a mouthful’!
- A short song with a strong rhythm that may be experienced as rhythmically unusual or tricky eg an African or eastern European song
- A short song that contains a challenging interval or some harmonic clashes, or an unpredictable harmony – something with a challenging element in it!
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