Three Days in May 2020

Friday May 22th - Tuesday 26th May 2020

3 days - four nights

Americana singing with
Roger Jackson and Sue Pomeroy

What’s Americana? Click HERE for some examples
In a glorious Tudor barn in Suffolk, Roger and Sue will share Americana songs, teaching singing and harmony for Three Days in May.
Arrive for dinner on Friday evening, ready for three full days of the music you love.
Each day begins with song-based class, then after lunch there’s a group practice session and time to enjoy the surroundings – Take out one of the free bikes, or follow one of the circular walks around the beautiful countryside.
Visit the Tudor town of Lavenham, or simply relax with your book in the ancient barn.
After the cocktail-hour singing session enjoy dinner with your fellow singers at the long feasting table and enjoy the evening trying out the songs of the day, then ease into impromptu sharing of the songs you like to sing around the wood burner.


The Hall, Milden, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9NY

Click here for Booking Form

The programme:

It’s early days yet, so this programme may change, but this is still a good guide

 

This is how it’s looking:

We arrive on Friday evening in time for a drinks reception at 7.00. Please don’t come much before 5.00 as our hosts will be busy with changeover and preparations.

Dinner is at 8.00, followed by your own music session. We hope that you’ll bring your instruments for accompaniment, but please remember that we’re all about singing this week, so bring the words to your favourite songs, and be prepared to lead at least one!

After breakfast on Saturday morning we dive right in, getting you singing bluegrass harmonies, and explaining how to work them out yourself.

After lunch each day we separate into small working groups so that you can try out what you’ve just learnt and hear clearly what contribution each voice makes.

Each afternoon is flexitime – we do recommend that you get out and enjoy the surroundings before returning to sing with your group. It can help to clear a head clogged with harmony information, but if you prefer to stick around and practice, or just read or snooze – that’s fine too.

Your leaders will return later to see how you’re getting on and offer tips before we break for a well-earned cocktail hour before dinner, and of course post-dinner sessioning.

Bank Holiday Monday evening, we’ll all go out for a celebration dinner at a nearby pub, and I’d be surprised if a song or two didn’t get an airing there.

Tuesday morning
we sing our farewells and leave with our songs away to share with the folks back home.

More details will follow about what to bring etc. and all info will be on the website for you to reference at any time.
See you soon!      Roger & Sue

Who is it for?

As with all my workshops, everyone is welcome. This one is Americana based – Bluegrass, Old Time and Gospel-influenced, and is especially designed for people who’ve done some singing and want to take it further.

What’s Americana? Click HERE for some examples

We shall be singing both all together and in small groups of 3 or 6 in a non-judgmental atmosphere where we can experiment, make mistakes and help each other.

You don’t need to read music – everything will be taught by ear.

The course is focussed on singing, but if you play an accompaniment instrument, please bring it.

What does it cost?

The cost is £390 This includes:

  • All tuition fees
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day (except dinner on Monday when we shall have a night out
    at a local pub restaurant)
  • Free open-plan accommodation in the barn for the four nights
    (See accommodation section below for more options)

The Venue

Milden Hall is the most delightful place to spend a few days in May. Set in beautiful Suffolk countryside, the huge (13m x 30m) ancient barn hosts many artistic and educational groups as well as parties. It’s on a working farm and Juliet and Christopher have a wealth of knowledge about the natural history of the farm and its surroundings.
It’s within easy cycling distance of the Tudor village of Lavenham and the silk mills at Sudbury, and bikes are available free of charge for your use.

The Hall, Milden, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9NY

 

More info about the barn  here Directions to the barn here Trip Advisor reviews here

Accommodation

Lots of options – please read carefully!

You can sleep in the open plan barn for free, and this year for the first time you can camp! Alternatively we recommend grouping together for local airbnb, or Bed & Breakfast places. In fact, there are three magnificent rooms in the adjacent farmhouse available to us on a bed-only basis. (See below)

In the open plan 13 x30m barn we have 16 comfortable single beds, two “truckle” beds, and two curtained four poster beds. There are a couple of nooks and crannies too, and these will be booked on a first come, first served basis email us HERE. All bedding is provided.
There is an adjacent loo and shower block for barn dwellers and campers.

If you prefer more privacy, there are many air b’n’b sites in the vicinity:
https://www.airbnb.co.uk/s/Monks-Eleigh–United-Kingdom/homes?refinement_paths%5B%5D=%2Fhomes&allow_override%5B%5D=&s_tag=z1-EJpQN

The adjacent farmhouse also has three fabulous double rooms available on a bed-only basis – we all have breakfast together in the barn.
There are pictures of the rooms HERE as well as details of how to book directly with Juliet Hawkins.

Airbnb

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/s/Monks-Eleigh–United-Kingdom

Food

All food, freshly prepared by our own chef, is included, apart from Thursday evening when we shall have a night out together at a local pub restaurant.
Breakfast will be DIY in the large kitchen, coffee and tea and snacks will be available throughout the day, and lunch and dinner all be served in the barn.

The leaders

Both former members of The Woodberrys, Roger and Sue run workshops at various Bluegrass and Old-Time events.

Roger Jackson is a film & TV composer and has played with bands and produced recordings for many years. He is one of the country’s top community choir leaders, and runs workshops at festivals and choral gatherings.
Sue Pomeroy (woman of a thousand songs) is a member of
The Rye Sisters and a gifted teacher, with workshops at the famous
Sore Fingers Summer School and other events to her credit.

Booking

Booking form for Three Days in May.
Residential Americana singing workshop at Milden Hall Tudor Barn
27 May – 31 May 2019.

Payment £390 to:   Sort: 20-03-18  a/c:  63265048
with your name as reference.

or cheque to:
Sing, 13 Church End, Haddenham, BUCKS HP17 8AE

Includes four nights free accommodation in the barn; breakfast, lunch, dinner and all tuition fees.

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