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.

Taize & Meditative Songs
by Candlelight (Forest Row)

Friday 10th November 2017, 7-9pm

Christian Community,
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

Cost:£15
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Concessions:£10
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Advent Taize Chants by Candlelight (London)

Saturday 9th December 2017, 6.30-8.30pm

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!

Cost: £15
Bookings: 01342 825031 or
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 An Advent Singing Experience:

Taize Chants for Advent, by Candlelight
(Forest Row)

Friday 15th  December 2017, 7-9pm

Christian Community,
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

Cost: £15
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Concessions:£10
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New Year’s HeartSong Singing Workshop:

Gregorian Chant & Taize Workshop

Saturday 27th January 2018: 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

Cost:£28
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Concessions:£22
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‘Songs of the Heart’

Sundays 21st January & 25th February 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
or mail@jcgravestock.plus.com


Candlelit Taize Chants Workshop

Saturday 24th February 4.30-6.30pm

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.

Enquiries: 01342 825031
Cost:£15

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‘Songs of the Heart’

Sunday 25th February 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
or mail@jcgravestock.plus.com


Skilful Song Leadership

Friday 18th -20th May 2018
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. 18th May: 2-5.30pm & 7.30-9pm,
Sat. 19th May: 10am-approx. 6pm,
Sun. 20th May: 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 April: £265, Latercomers: £300
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 April 2018):
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Later-comers Rate (booking after 1st April 2018):
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Alternatively can send a cheque with your details to:
D. Rosenboom, 33 Upper Close, Forest Row, E. Sussex, RH18 5DS.

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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