Harmony singing retreat LEVEL 1: the small group challenge

4–6 Dec 2020 / Surrey


Date: 4–6 Dec 2020

Cost: from £200 per person full board

Details: 5pm Friday to 2pm Sunday

Location: Wychcroft House, South Park Lane, Bletchingley, Redhill RH1 4NE

Website: https://chrisrowbury.com/harmony-retreat-level1

Email: chris@chrisrowbury.com

Run by: Chris Rowbury

Contact details: 01394 610 486

Further information:


For singers who have never sung in a small group, but have always wanted to try. Develop your small group harmony singing skills as you work as a small ensemble. Limited to 16 singers.

You must have some experience of harmony singing to be eligible for this weekend.

This weekend is for those who have some harmony singing experience (possibly in a choir) and who want to try singing in a smaller group. A chance to refine your harmony singing skills and to have a go at singing one person to a part (if you want to). This is a training weekend and will include work on breath, blend, listening, etc.

On this weekend you will:

  • improve your singing and harmonising skills
  • learn to get the best out of your voice
  • get feedback on your singing and harmony skills
  • relish a challenge and seize the chance to work in a small ensemble
  • be prepared to look and listen to yourself carefully
  • step up for a full-on weekend of hard, but rewarding work

This weekend course is limited to a maximum of 16 singers. This is so Chris can give more attention to individuals. There will be some training on breathing, voice production, vocal qualities, etc. However, we will do most of the work using harmony songs drawn from a range of traditions across the globe. All songs will be taught by ear and there will be no sheet music used.

This is your chance to explore your voice in a safe environment with a supportive bunch of like-minded singers. All of whom want to explore and stretch their harmony singing abilities. Serious work, but in a fun style!

Wychcroft, the Southwark Diocesan Training Centre, is a Victorian house 22 miles south of London, set in the heart of the Surrey countryside near Bletchingley and five miles from Redhill station. It is surrounded by countryside (and sheep!). There are footpaths enabling you to explore the area or simply walk and absorb the tranquillity. Information regarding walks are available at Wychcroft.