5-7 June 2020
This will be Helen Chadwick’s seventh singing weekend at Hill Cottage Retreat Centre, set in the tranquil countryside of mid-Wales. If you have taken part, seen or just heard about her workshops and performances this residential weekend provides a unique opportunity for you to be part of a group of singers led by Helen.
This year Helen will also be teaching a song from each of her favourite vocal traditions… Corsican and Georgian.
During the weekend she will use rhythmic patterns, song forms and harmony choices that are inspired by her travels in places like Bolivia, South Africa, Colombia which have seeped into her compositions.
Helen’s songs are uplifting with beautiful harmonies and inspiring lyrics. Her workshops are focused and fun, challenging without pressure, joyful and committed, empowering and relaxed.
An ability to blend and sing in tune is welcomed. There will be some opportunities for singing one voice to a part for those who enjoy doing so, but it is not an essential skill for the workshop. In the main we will work all together.
Helen Chadwick has been leading choirs and singing workshops for over 30 years and has written around 400 songs for theatre, concerts and community singing events.
“Chadwick…an exquisite find” – THE GUARDIAN “that brilliant bard” – THE INDEPENDENT “Pierces the heart” – EVENING STANDARD
A singer, songwriter, composer, performance creator, ethnomusicologist and voice coach, with a background in theatre, Helen writes unaccompanied songs for voices and creates solo and group performances with Helen Chadwick Song Theatre. Some performance projects involve community engagement.
“to sing her haunting melodies, taught by her, is an unforgettable and moving experience… her vast body of work…and her beautiful voice provide a strong creative ground for any singer to grow and thrive”
Solo song theatre performances have toured to Denmark, the UK, Brazil, France, Argentina, Italy and her group song theatre shows created with Olivier Award winning Steven Hoggett are DALSTON SONGS, WAR CORRESPONDENTS, TRUTH.
She has also created site specific song theatre for Greenwich and Salisbury festivals and the Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House with choreographer Liam Steel. Commissions to create songs include pieces for choirs and English Touring Opera, the BBC, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.
Helen is founder with Thames Festival of the mass choir charity project Sing for Water which has raised over a million pounds for water projects, thanks to the collaboration of choir leaders and festivals in the UK, Europe and Australia.
She has recorded ten albums, including House of Light and Fragments of Love. She loves to set great poetry, and her albums are full of these songs.
Friday Evening 5.00pm – Sunday 4.00pm
Workshop, full board (vegetarian) and accommodation
Single room £230 (8 places)
Shared twin £190 (6 places)
Workshop, lunch, Saturday dinner and refreshments
Non-residential £120 (4 places)
Booking: please contact Zarine for a booking form or more information using the email address below. Thank you.
Find out more about Helen’s remarkable work on her site