HILL COTTAGE RETREATS
Evening of 8-10 July 2016
Helen is and internationally acclaimed composer and performer. She creates song-theatre performances and has written over 300 songs as well as opera and choral works and has recorded ten albums.
Songs for the Way Home is a weekend workshop where Helen will teach songs from her extensive repertoire based on the theme of home. She will draw on pieces like Dalston Songs, War Correspondents and The Blazing Heart. She composes songs influenced by traditional a cappella forms, from many parts of the world, as well as by classical and folk music. Many of her songs are settings of world poets and those who have lived under oppression. She loves unusual rhythms and rich harmonies.
Songs for the Way Home
We keep inviting Helen back to Hill Cottage because to sing her haunting melodies, taught by her, is an unforgettable and moving experience; filled with waves of human connection and insight. I marvel at her patience and skill in bringing together a group of disparate singers and weaving their voices into a rich sound with meaning and depth.
It is a rare gift, given with generosity, a jewel of delight. The breadth of her knowledge and experience, her vast body of work for performers and community choirs and her beautiful voice provide a strong creative ground for any singer to grow and thrive. Zarine Katrak
"Chadwick…an exquisite find" - THE GUARDIAN
"that brilliant bard" - THE INDEPENDENT
"Pierces the heart" - EVENING STANDARD
For more information about Helen and her song theatre projects visit the website www.helenchadwick.com
Observations from Helen's last workshop at Hill Cottage (October 2015)
The workshop will take place in the Hall Barn. Arriving at 5.00 on Friday evening with dinner and a short session and continuing from 10.00-5.00 on Saturday and 10-4.00 on Sunday. Friday evening meal is at 6.30pm and residential participants will stay in Alder Barn, Ash Barn or Rowan Cabin. The Hall Barn is a warm, intimate space that also hosts meditation weeks and other group events.
Cost of the weekend workshop: Friday evening – Sunday 4.00pm
There are up to 18 places – a mix of residential and non-residential.
Workshop, full board and accommodation (for residential participants): £190/£180
Workshop only with lunch (for non-residential participants): £80/£70
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is in three shared twin rooms, with two single rooms for people willing to stay in a crog loft bedroom accessed via a ladder and two additional single rooms for people who require single rooms for medical or other genuine reasons. No supplement will be charged.
All meals are vegetarian. Ingredients will be organic and locally sourced where possible.
If any non-residential wishes to share in the evening meal they are welcome to do so for an additional cost of £10 per meal and prior booking.
Participants will be asked to help with clearing up and keeping the space alive and welcoming.