Helen Porter -Exploring Your Voice
1-3 April 2022

We are delighted to welcome the multi-talented Helen Porter back to Hill Cottage after a hugely successful weekend here in October 2021.

This retreat is for individual singers who want to focus on their own voices. It is not aimed at choir leaders as a teacher training weekend. It will be of value to any singer who would enjoy embracing a variety of styles of music, including classical, musical theatre, jazz and folk, in order to more fully explore the potential that lies behind every voice.

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Photograph: Paul Joyce

Each genre requires a differing approach to vocal technique. You will learn how to find voices you never knew you had, sing in genres you perhaps never thought you would, and inhabit every voice from within.

The weekend is suitable for reasonably confident singers who would like to further explore their potential. Whilst working mainly as an ensemble, there will also be some opportunity for solo singing, for those who would like it. If you would like to take the learning opportunity of solo singing in a mini-masterclass please come with a song you know by heart and sheet music for accompaniment  if you have it.


Helen Porter

Helen is a singer, pianist, composer, vocal coach and choir leader. Her musical journey thus far has carried her through the theatre, to the concert platform and jazz club, as well as opera houses and arts centres in the UK and abroad.

She constantly crosses genres in her own work, and has also established herself as a vocal coach, working for the National Theatre, Helen Chadwick Song Theatre, as well as undertaking projects with children, the elderly, the Royal Opera House and the environmental charity Common Ground.

She lives in the Tamar Valley in Cornwall where she runs Gresham House Studios, together with her husband, the artist and writer Petrus Ursem.


The following arrangements will be subject to any Covid 19 regulations, in force at this time

Friday Arrival for residential participants by 5.00 pm, Supper at 6.00 followed by a short introductory evening session around 7.30 pm; Saturday 10 am – 5.00 pm, with the option for an informal evening gathering on Saturday; and Sunday 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Cost £250 for Workshop, full board (vegetarian) and single room accommodation

The deposit of £80 will be payable at the time of booking.

£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.

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