This April 2022 Roger Jackson and Philippa Ogden are running a weekend of singing in a mountain chalet in Adelboden in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland.
Limited to just 30 people and starting on Friday evening of 8th April, there will be learning sessions morning and afternoon with the evening free for trying out what you’ve learned or just socialising as you enjoy the alpine ambience.
We shall be learning how to make those distinctive American folk harmonies by singing the songs.
It will be a fun event and of interest to
anyone who fancies singing.
No experience is needed, no need to read music.
All songs are taught aurally by
a patient and experienced leader.
Make it part of your holiday!
You can book to stay longer - before or after the event
to explore the area.
Beds and Food
The weekend is fully catered
with breakfast, light lunch, and dinner
and costs £198
including accommodation and tuition.
The Chalet (pictured above) is a beautiful and cosy
traditional 1930's wooden ski lodge.
Click below to book
Photo Peter Everard Smith
Philippa is a musician from the North East who is a keen singer, fiddler and guitarist. She has played as part of several bands, is currently working her way through classical violin grades and loves singing everything from bluegrass and old time through to folk, pop and more. She also organises and leads several sessions in her hometown.
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.
Who's it for?
Buying your ticket
There are three tickets available:
The main ticket for the course,
Single room supplement ticket and
Twin room supplement ticket.
The accommodation is what you would expect from a ski lodge, but by spacing you out, we are able to offer a few single and twin rooms.
The single rooms are £10 per night,
and the twin rooms £5.00 a night.
Please remember to tell us who you're sharing with!
These are offered on a "first paid first choice" basis.
If you're OK with sharing with no more than two others, there is no extra charge,
and you only need the one ticket.
In the event that have to cancel at short notice, all payments will be refunded.
Any further questions?
Arrive anytime after 15.00.
18.00 Welcome drinks, Beisammensein and short sing together
19.30 Evening free for informal singing and jamming together.
Breakfast 8.00 -9.00
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.
9.30 - 11.00 Morning chorus - Learn a couple of songs
11.30 - 13.00 More singing!
13.30 - 14.00 Lunch
14.30 - 15.30 Recap Saturday's songs.
15.30 Fond farewells and departure.
*For guidance only. Actual programme details may differ.
It's for everyone who likes to sing.
Roger works from a basis of American folk music, but may include examples from other cultures from time to time.
He will create an encouraging and supportive space where people can grow their singing confidence. Although there is plenty to study and learn, Roger insists on making it a fun experience.
Because it's folk, everything is taught by ear, so there is no need to read music. 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 play an accompanying instrument, then please bring it, especially for the evening sing-around, but please bear in mind that the main objective of the course is singing.
The chalet, owned by the Girl Guides organisation, is informal and practical.
The accommodation is what you might expect from a ski lodge. There aren't any ensuites, but a limited number of single and twin rooms are available for a small supplement.
The food is fresh and locally sourced: Continental breakfast, a cold buffet lunch, and a hearty three course dinner. Coffee and tea will be available all day.
Please let us know of any special dietary requirements you may have, and we'll do our best to accommodate you.
The chalet isn't licensed to sell alcohol, but you can bring your own.
We look forward to seeing you there - Bring your water bottle and a sense of humour!