Three Days in May 2020
Friday May 22th - Tuesday 26th May 2020
3 days - four nights
Harmony singing with
Roger Jackson and Sue Pomeroy
In a breathtaking Tudor barn in Suffolk, Roger will share 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, time off 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.
Re-convene for a cocktail-hour singing session and enjoy dinner with your fellow singers at the long feasting table and spend the evening session perhaps sharing songs you yourself like to sing, around the wood burner.
The Hall, Milden, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9NY
This is what you can expect:
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 in harmony straight away.
Each afternoon is for you do do what you choose – 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 words and music, but if you prefer to stick around and practice, or just read or snooze – that’s fine too.
At 5.30 we have another session building on previous sessions or maybe trying a contrasting piece before well-earned cocktails and 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. We’re still working out the details of this.
We sing our farewells and leave with our new songs 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 our workshops, everyone is welcome. This one is natural voice singing (more folk than classical) with songs from a variety of folk traditions – American , UK and World music. It’s especially designed for people who’ve done some singing and want to take it further.
We’ll be singing both all together and in small groups 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 “Early Bird” cost is £375 if you book and pay by 1st March and £390 after then. This includes:
- All tuition fees
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day (Except dinner on the last night)
- Free open-plan accommodation in the barn or camping for the four nights
(See accommodation section below for the options)
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
Lots of options – please read carefully!
You can sleep in the open plan barn for free, but if you prefer more privacy, Chris and Juliet have kindly provided a space for us to camp. Campers and caravan space is also available.
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 comfy 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, but not towels.
There is an adjacent loo and shower block for barn dwellers and campers.
If you prefer more luxury, there are many air b’n’b sites in the vicinity:
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.
All food, freshly prepared by our own chef, is included.
Breakfast will be DIY in the large kitchen, coffee and tea and snacks will be available throughout the day, and lunch and dinner will all be served in the barn.
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.