Acappella Workshops

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.


Monthly HeartSong Acappella Workshops
in Forest Row 2019:

Sat. 5th January, 10am-12: ‘Gregorian Chant & Sacred Songs’
Fri.15th February, 7-9pm: ‘African Songs’
Sat. 16th March, 10am-12: ‘Songs of the Heart’
Thurs. 9th May, 7-9pm: ‘Songs of the Earth’
Sat 8th June, 4-6pm: ‘Songs of Devotion’
Thurs. 4th July, 7-9pm: ‘Mixed Bag’

For details & bookings scroll down to find individual workshops below


A Singing Workshop to Welcome the New Year:
‘Gregorian Chant & Sacred Songs’

Saturday 5th January 2019, 10am-12:
33 Upper Close, Forest Row, E. Sussex, RH18 5DS

~Beautiful Gregorian chants, Sacred songs,
& songs from the Taizé monastery~
~Inwardly nourishing melodies & harmonies to warm the heart~
~A shared singing experience to uplift the spirit and
welcome the new year in style~
~All songs taught by ear – no previous experience needed~
All welcome, including
children old enough to take part

Cost per workshop: £15 if paid in advance or £18 on the door
To book a place please pay in advance, using the PayPal button below,
or ask  for bank details to pay by BACS.

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Enquiries:
Delia 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

Bookings after 1st January 2019:
£32
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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…..
    And more…

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
    And more…

Effective Breathing:

  • Myth-busting the diaphragm!
  • Exploring taking a deep breath
  • Enhancing breathing
    And more…

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.

Details:

When?
Fri. 8th February: 2-5.30pm & 7.30-9pm,
Sat. 9th February: 10.30am-approx. 5pm,
Sun. 10th February: 10am -4pm

Where?
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.)

How much?
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:

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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!

 ‘African Songs Workshop’

Friday 15th February, 7-9pm:

Garden Room, Forest Row Community Centre,
Hartfield Rd, Forest Row

~Toe-tapping rhythms~
~Harmonies to make your soul smile~
~Songs that ignite the heart & nourish the spirit~
~Uplifting melodies all taught by ear~
~Freedom songs from South and West Africa,~

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
To book a place please pay using the  PayPal button below,
or ask me for bank details to pay by BACS.

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Enquiries:
Delia 01342 825031


‘Finding Vocal Freedom & Ease’:

Singing, Speaking, Breathing
& the Alexander Technique 

Saturday 9th March 2019
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.
Examples of themes that may 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.
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Further Information:
Please call Delia on 01342 825031, email: delia@naturalvoice.net


 ‘Songs of the Heart’

Saturday 16th March, 10am-12
33 Upper Close, Forest Row, E. Sussex, RH18 5DS

~Songs to nourish  heart, soul & spirit~
~Heart-opening harmonies ~
~An inwardly uplifting shared singing experience ~
~Songs about love, peace, healing, beauty…~
~All songs taught by ear – no previous experience needed~
All welcome, including
children old enough to take part

Cost per workshop: £15 if paid in advance or £18 on the door
To book a place please pay in advance, using the PayPal button below,
or ask  for bank details to pay by BACS.

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Enquiries:
Delia 01342 825031


 Taizé & Sacred Songs Workshop Training

Led by Delia Rosenboom NVN, ATI,
experienced singing workshop leader & Alexander Technique teacher.

Saturday 27th April 2019
11am-5pm

A unique one-day opportunity to come and explore tried and tested ways of running Taizé chant and sacred songs workshops.

I have been running Taizé, Gregorian chant and sacred song workshops for over twenty years, and feel passionately about these magical songs and the healing effect that they create when sung as a group. I would love to pass on some of my ideas about how to teach and share these songs easily and effectively with singing groups. I also feel that teaching these beautiful and heart-opening songs requires a slightly different skill and approach to teaching other material of a more upbeat nature (African/ Gospels etc) and so I invite you to join me for this experiential workshop, which will equip you to run your own Taizé groups. We will address: Warm-ups, Song-teaching tools, Breath and more:

I will introduce you to ways of building an atmosphere and group-energy conducive to learning and singing these unique and special sacred songs.

We will explore how to prepare the group for singing, using  warm-up material conducive to creating an ‘energetic backdrop’ appropriate to these songs.

We will address methods of teaching Taizé songs so that the group can easily and effortlessly learn both words in Latin… and multiple harmonies, without being ‘pulled out’ into heady anxieties about ‘getting it right’ or ‘having to pick up the material quickly’…

We will address pacing, atmosphere – importance of candlelight, and how to ‘build a workshop’ from start to end, with examples of appropriate material for this.

There will also be opportunities for participants to teach and receive feedback when desired.

Time: 11-5pm
Venue: 33 Upper Close, Forest Row, E. Sussex, RH18 5DS
Bookings: To secure a place please use the online booking system:
Cost: £95
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Alternatively please send a cheque to the address above (D. Rosenboom),
or ask for BACS details

Queries?
Call Delia on 01342 825031
www.deliarosenboom.co.uk


 ‘Songs of the Earth’

Thursday 9th May, 7-9pm
Garden Room, Forest Row Community Centre,
Hartfield Rd, Forest Row

~Songs to deepen our connection with the earth~
~Toe-tapping rhythms and earthy melodies~
~An shared singing experience to ground & centre ourselves
and  build an awareness of our connection to the environment~
~Native American Indian chants and other earth-based songs
in beautiful four-part harmony~
~All songs taught by ear – no previous experience needed~
All welcome, including
children old enough to take part

Cost per workshop: £15 if paid in advance or £18 on the door
To book a place please pay in advance, using the PayPal button below,
or ask  for bank details to pay by BACS.

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Enquiries:
Delia 01342 825031


 ‘Songs of Devotion’

Saturday 8th June, 4-6pm
33 Upper Close, Forest Row, E. Sussex, RH18 5DS

~Songs to nourish  heart, soul & spirit~
~Heart-opening harmonies ~
~An inwardly uplifting shared singing experience ~
~Devotional songs: Indian bhajans, Sufi chants, Taizé songs etc~
~All songs taught by ear – no previous experience needed~
All welcome, including
children old enough to take part

Cost per workshop: £15 if paid in advance or £18 on the door
To book a place please pay in advance, using the PayPal button below,
or ask  for bank details to pay by BACS.

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Enquiries:
Delia 01342 82503


 ‘Mixed Bag Singing Workshop’

Thursday 4th July, 7-9pm:

Rose Room, Forest Row Community Centre,
Hartfield Rd, Forest Row

~Songs from around the world~
~Harmonies to make your soul smile~
~Songs that ignite the heart & soul~
~Uplifting melodies all taught by ear~
~A mixed bag of songs  such as those from Africa,
Gospels, English rounds, Russian lullabies and more~

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
To book a place please pay using the  PayPal button below,
or ask me for bank details to pay by BACS.

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Enquiries:
Delia 01342 825031


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