26 - 28 April 2024 Adelboden, Switzerland
Get away from it all and join us for a weekend of singing in the Swiss mountain countryside this April.
Simple living, amazing views, and great music in the company of an international group of like-minded people.
This April 2024 Roger Jackson is running a weekend of singing in a classic 1930's Swiss mountain chalet in Adelboden in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland.
Limited to just 25 people, there will be learning sessions morning and afternoon with the evening free for trying out what you’ve learned or socialising as you enjoy the alpine ambience. This is a fun event and of interest to anyone who fancies singing.
Whether you're in a band, a choir regular or more of a shower soloist, this perfect for you and, because it's folk,
everything is taught by ear, so there's no need to read music.
Roger is joined again this year by Ishani Siriwardena of The Rye Sisters.
"Our Chalet" is a beautiful and cosy traditional 1930's wooden ski lodge belonging to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
The accommodation is simple - mostly shared rooms, as you would expect from a ski lodge, but we are able to offer a few single and twin rooms. The food is fresh and locally sourced, incl. a continental breakfast, a cold buffet lunch and a hearty three course dinner. Tea/coffee available all day.
You can book to stay at the Chalet before or after the weekend
to explore this beautiful mountain region.
Learn how to make those distinctive American folk and bluegrass harmonies by singing the songs.
More experienced singers will find new songs and arrangements to stretch them, while if you're new to harmony singing, you'll learn how to approach
finding and holding a part. If you're not familiar with Bluegrass or American folk music, scroll down to hear some examples.
The weekend is fully catered with breakfast, light lunch, and dinner and includes full board accommodation and tuition.
There are three accommodation choices:
Single room (only 3 available) £370 pp
Twin and 3 bed rooms for couples and group sharing. £310 pp
4 & 5 bed (single sex) dorm rooms £275 pp
Arrive anytime after 15.00.
18.00 Welcome drinks, Beisammensein and short sing together
19.30 Evening free for informal singing and jamming together.
8.00 - 9.00 Breakfast
9.30 - 11.00 Morning chorus - fill your lungs with mountain air and
learn a couple of songs
11.30 - 13.00 How to phrase and blend together - learn another song.
13.15 - 14.00 Lunch
14.30 - 16.00 Sing in smaller group, make your part count.
16.00 Free time to walk, sleep, practice
18.00 Cocktails and singing.
20.30 Evening free for informal singing and jamming together.
8.00 - 9.00 Breakfast
9.30 - 12.00 Morning chorus - Learn a couple of songs
12.00 Lunch, Fond farewells and departure.
*For guidance only. Actual programme details may differ.
Alcohol - The chalet is not licensed to sell alcohol but feel free to bring your own
Travel from UK - Fly to Zurich, train from airport station, Change at Bern or Spiez. Ticket to Adelboden includes final bus up the mountain!
Extra Days - If you would like to stay at the Chalet for extra days, please contact Dawn Sammut by email here
Singing Experience - No experience necessary, no need to read music, everything is taught (patiently) by ear
Your singing leaders
Roger is a film and TV composer with a rock music background. He plays with BlueJay and produces recordings in his own studio near Oxford. Roger is also a choir leader and writes and arranges in various styles.
He leads singing and harmony workshops throughout Europe, usually based on American folk music.
Ishani is one half of
The Rye Sisters, a teacher, a talented painter a fab fiddler, and most of all a brilliant singer.
She will answer all your questions on music theory and inspire you to even greater heights of singing prowess.
Roger is happy to answer any more questions you have so feel free to email him at
."..Totally lived up to - and surpassed - my expectations!"
"A wonderful relaxed atmosphere where everyone could open up"
"A fantastic weekend - we even had sun and snow !"