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Helen Chadwick  Wild Harmonies

  22-24 September 2023

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Helen Chadwick has been running singing retreats and workshops at Hill Cottage since 2013. It is the third time she has offered "Wild Harmonies" weekend.
We will be singing some of her big songs, learning them by ear, songs that are uplifting with beautiful harmonies and inspiring lyrics.

Helen's workshops are focused and fun, challenging without pressure, joyful and committed, empowering yet relaxed.

An ability to blend and to sing in tune are an essential and joyful ingredient for the weekend and we the group sound becomes more and more beautiful through the weekend.

There will be some opportunities for singing one voice to a part for those who enjoy doing so, but there is no pressure to do that. In the main we will work all together.

Helen Chadwick has been leading choirs and singing workshops for over 30 years and has written around 400 songs for theatre, concerts and community singing events.

“Chadwick…an exquisite find” – THE GUARDIAN   “that
brilliant bard” – THE INDEPENDENT “Pierces the heart” –

A singer, songwriter, composer, performer, song-theatre creator and voice coach, with a background in theatre, Helen writes unaccompanied songs for voices and creates solo and group performances with Helen Chadwick Song Theatre. Some performance projects involve community engagement.

“To sing her haunting melodies, taught by her, is an
unforgettable and moving experience… her vast body of
work…and her beautiful voice provide a strong creative
ground for any singer to grow and thrive”

Solo song theatre performances  have toured to Denmark, the UK, Brazil, France, Argentina, Italy and her group song theatre shows created with Olivier Award winning Steven Hoggett are  DALSTON SONGS ,  WAR CORRESPONDENTS ,  TRUTH.
She has also created site specific song theatre for Greenwich and Salisbury festivals and the Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House with choreographer Liam Steel. Commissions to create songs include pieces for choirs and English Touring Opera, the BBC, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.

Helen is founder with Thames Festival of the mass choir charity project  Sing for Water  which has raised over a million pounds for water projects, thanks to the
collaboration of choir leaders and festivals in the UK, Europe and Australia.

Helen loves working in a recording studio. She has recorded eleven albums, the latest is Wherever You Are Walking, and another full of canons and rounds is soon to be released. Meanwhile she working on one with a brilliant pianist. Helen loves to set great poetry, and her albums are full of these inspiring lyrics from all over the world.

For more information about Helen visit

For wild harmonies to work for everyone it is necessary for everyone be a part of the group for the whole weekend from Friday evening until Sunday at 3.30pm. Please confirm that you are able to stay for the full weekend when
you book.

Friday Arrival from 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm, Supper at 6.00 pm followed by an evening session at 7.15pm.  Saturday evening will be an optional stand alone session
for those who wish. Feel free to rest!

For non residential participants, both evening sessions will end by 9.30pm. 

The weekend of singing will end at 3.30pm on Sunday with cups of tea available before we depart for those who wish. 
Cost  Workshop, full board (vegetarian) and accommodation

Crog loft single room – £210 (2 bedrooms available)
Single – £230 (6 bedrooms available)
Shared twin – £200 (3 bedrooms available)
Non-residential £130 – Workshop, lunches, Saturday dinner and refreshments  (3 places available)

£15 of this deposit will be non-refundable as a contribution to our fixed admin costs. The remainder of the deposit is refundable if you cancel up to 8 weeks before the event.

After that time it also becomes non-refundable unless we have to cancel the event and then your whole deposit will be returned.
The balance becomes due two weeks prior to the start of the event which is non-returnable. If there are circumstances that create a risk of cancellation for you, we recommend that you take out cancellation insurance, in
case you are unable to attend.
In the unlikely event that we need to cancel or postpone, a full refund of what you have paid to us will be offered. Our liability is limited to what you have paid for the retreat or the workshop, therefore travel insurance is recommended,
if you have booked tickets to get to Hill Cottage.

Friday Arrival from 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm, Supper at 6.00 pm
followed by an evening session. Saturday 10 am – 5.00 pm
with an informal evening session and Sunday 10.00 am –4.00pm.

These arrangements will be subject to any Covid 19 regulations, if they are in force at this time.

Booking: please contact Zarine for a booking form or more information using the email address below. Thankyou.

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