|Posted by bradwellbugle on March 12, 2012 at 6:05 AM|
The annual Festival of Song, now in its tenth year, takes place on Saturday 28th April at St Peter's-on-the-Wall by Bradwell.
The chapel rings with harmonies each year as two popular Natural Voice teachers return with songs and rhythms from around the world.
Sarah Pennington and Gilo are well known for the humour and sense of fun they bring to song workshops – and the high quality of sound they reach with people who have perhaps come together to sing for the first time.
They love working with whole communities – rather than just choirs – and have worked with up to 500 people in large national gatherings.
You don’t need to read music or even think of yourself as a ‘singer’ to take part! Just bring your voice, and a bottle of water to keep your vocal chords moist, and let these remarkable teachers blend everyone into a cathedral of living sound for the day.
There’ll be a variety of song styles and traditions represented – in past years the Festival has visited songs from as far afield as the Ituri rainforest, with rhythms that have got everyone dancing and pulsating.
This year promises to be the same, with a mix of gospel, tribal, sacred, and some funky barbershop chords. There’ll be about 40 singers resident for the whole weekend, but the Saturday is open to local participants who’d like to sing their socks off and learn some great songs.
Workshops start at 10.30am and go on until 5pm with coffee breaks and meals and time to walk some of the sea wall near the chapel. Some people stay on through the evening for a candle lit session and the chapel is bathed in the warm light of a hundred nightlights to create a peaceful atmosphere for gentler singing.
Meals and refreshments are included in cost: £30 with lunch. £36 with lunch & supper. Concessionary rates are available.
Participants are asked to book a place through the Othona Community:
Email: [email protected] or ring Gail on 01621 776564