Singing for Larks Training Day – Song Arranging

8 Jun 2019 / Gloucestershire


Date: 8 Jun 2019

Cost: £60.00 (full waged) £50.00 (part/low waged) £40.00 (unwaged). Discounts: £51.00 / £42.50 / £34.00 if you book by 11th May. 10% discount for NVN members anytime.

Details: 10.00 - 16.30

Location: King's Stanley Village Hall, Gloucestershire, GL10 3PN



Run by: Faith Watson

Contact details: 0161 881 0855

Further information:

This training course will explore a number of ways of harmonising songs for unaccompanied voices, with reference to different song styles and origins. It is aimed at anyone who wants to arrange songs for acapella (you don’t have to be a workshop leader) and it is suitable for those who have no experience of arranging songs as well as for those who want to improve their skills. You don’t need to be able to read music, but you do need to be able to hold a harmony, on your own, in a small group.

On the day, we shall:

  • Identify a number of basic methods for arranging songs for acapella and explore these methods by listening to, and singing, examples of each and then trying out the different methods in small groups, using song riffs that I shall provide. We shall do this entirely by singing (no instruments or written music) and this way we’ll concentrate on creating ‘singable’ arrangements.
  • Consider various purposes and aims we may have for different song arrangements. We shall then explore how these different aims will affect our approach to each arrangement.

The course is very largely practical, with opportunities to try out your skills. You are invited to contact Faith beforehand to talk through your own particular interests. If you have a song that you’re arranging at the time of the course there may be an opportunity to work on it during the day.

Places limited to 20 participants. Booking is essential. Click here to book.

          “Yesterday’s training was useful, stimulating and motivating. I’ve already started a new arrangement – it’s more interesting and much more singable”

          “I felt I’d had my money’s worth by 11.30 am!”

The training day will be held at Kings’ Stanley Village Hall. This purpose-built hall is fully accessible to disabled people and has excellent facilities, including a catering kitchen, a large main hall and several smaller rooms, which will allow us to break into groups at certain points in the day. The hall lies at the centre of the village, in a beautiful setting, nestling at the foot of the Cotswold escarpment.

10 minutes’ drive from the M5. 3½ miles from Stroud train station.