Pauline Down SongWaves

A Singing Weekend   17-19 May 2019

Pauline’s singing weekend will include ways to develop deep listening and a strong body, breath, voice connection.

We will explore ways of using the voice more freely, enjoying resonance in our bodies and in relation to others and the space around us. We will draw inspiration from the beautiful indoor and outdoor environment and find ways of connecting vocally to our surroundings.

All of this can help to build confidence as well as release energy and enable relaxation and a greater sense of wellbeing.

Pauline will also offer a range of enabling musical structures and prompts for creating and developing collaborative ‘songs in the moment’.

It is deeply satisfying and refreshing to sing intuitively in response to other voices and in response to nature.

Improvising vocally with others requires respectful attention as well as spontaneity that practised together can bring a profound feeling of joy.

This is an opportunity to come and play with your voice, perhaps be inspired to create your own compositions and to find the bliss of simply being and sounding fully in the moment in connection with others.

Pauline Down

Pauline has worked for many years as a singing and voice leader and composer both locally and internationally. She is a founder member of the Natural Voice Network.

Her love of spontaneous singing comes originally from her background in the anarchic world of theatre impro and clowning as well as from her extensive experience of using singing to promote health and well-being with all ages. Her workshops are renowned for their warmth, playfulness, humour and fun as well as for their moments of musical magic!

She currently lives in Cardiff where she leads three choirs in the community, one with a mental health focus. She also leads a Singing in Care Homes project involving her own compositions using words spoken by elders living with dementia. She is involved in schools work as a creative agent and mentor.

Pauline performs regularly as part of the storytelling duo Adlais with Michael Harvey and as part of the vocal trio Bread & Roses with Frankie Armstrong and Laura Bradshaw.



Pauline’s singing weekend will take place in the Hall Barn and in the grounds of Hill Cottage Retreat Centre. Arriving at 5.00pm on Friday evening with dinner around 6.30pm followed by a short session, then continuing through the day on Saturday, including an informal evening session, and 10.00am – 4.00pm on Sunday.

Cost for the workshop, full board and accommodation:

Single Rooms in the Studio and Rowan Cabin £250 per person

Shared Twin Rooms in Ash and Alder Barns £230 per person

The food will be vegetarian (or vegan and gluten free where requested in advance). Participants will be asked to help with clearing up and keeping the spaces alive and welcoming.


To find out more or to book, contact Pauline: