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24th - 28th May 2024   Ashington, West Sussex UK

Three days of singing in the beautiful West Sussex Downs, sleeping under starlit skies, with evening cocktails, fabulous food and great company.

We call it Three Days in May, but it’s almost four really. You arrive on Friday afternoon and we start at 6.30 with an introductory session before your first dinner prepared by our lovely chef Erika, whose food is worth the ticket on its own!

 

In the evening we light a fire and share songs and tunes and chat under the starry skies of The South Downs.

 

All your food is included so that we can eat together, and not have to worry about food supplies and cooking.

This means we can fully immerse ourselves in the ambience and the music.

 

So after breakfast in the morning, we have our first singing session and continue to lunchtime with a coffee break.

 

By and by we re-convene for and afternoon of more songs and tips about harmony and group singing.

You don’t need any experience - we learn everything by ear and you’ll find your leaders - Roger and Sue - very experienced and patient. We like to be encouraging and supportive.

The whole idea is to have fun, so no-one gets too serious about it, even though you might find yourself challenged from time to time.

 

You have free time before cocktail hour to go for a walk, practise or even have a snooze, until you hear the voices serenading you again.

 

Dinner, evening session - do bring an accompanying instrument  if you like.

And so to bed.

And it’s still only Saturday!

 

Sunday we can do it all again, and Monday too, like some perfect groundhog day.

 

Maybe we’ll do an informal concert on Monday night to show off the collaborations with your new friends.


Tuesday we share our breakfast and reluctantly toddle off home with new friends and lovely musical memories in our head.

Did I say cocktails? Well, I'll bring a bottle or two, and if you have a favourite tipple you'd like to share,

we'll manage quite a reasonable bar.

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Questions?

Questions?

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The Venue

Manor buildings - actually a farm and campsite - is home to our friends and hosts, Chris and Patrice and where they put on gigs and other musical gatherings throughout the year.

The camping field offers great views across the valley and is a fantastically inspiring venue for our event, so accommodation will be your own tent or camper. 

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The Music

It's mostly Americana / Bluegrass. We're both fans of this style of music, and lots of people are already familiar with it in some form - from folk to country to pop.

Bluegrass has strict rules about vocal parts and it provides a very good way in to learning how harmonies work and how to make your own - as well as providing a good basis for creatively breaking those rules!

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The Tutors

Roger Jackson is a film & TV composer and has played with bands and produced recordings for many years.He writes songs and loves playing guitar.

He is one of the country’s top community choir leaders, and runs workshops at festivals and choral gatherings. Listen here to Roger's music.

Sue Pomeroy is a member of The Rye Sisters, a gifted teacher, who has taught at the famous Sore Fingers Summer School and is a talented singer song-writer (woman of a thousand songs) who has also written and performed with Roger as part of the former Woodberrys band.

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Example Programme

 

Fri  Arrive late afternoon. 6.00  Drinks reception, songs and dinner.
7.00  Dinner
Evening Session

Sat  Self-serve breakfast - Toast, cereal, fruit, Tea & Coffee
Session 1: 9.30 - 12.30 Say hi to your voice, learn a song

Lunch - A light meal - Soup, Quiche, Salad...
Session 2: 2.30 - 4.00 Introduction to songwriting / Elective

Practise time / Teatime

Singing re-cap and Cocktails 5.30
Dinner 7.00
Evening Session


Sun  Breakfast

Session 1: 9.30 - 12.30 Morning chorus - learn songs and sing
Lunch
Session 2:  2.30 - 4.00    More singing! Elective options TBA
Practise time / Teatime
Singing re-cap and Cocktails 5.30
Dinner 7.00
Evening Session


Mon   Breakfast
Session 1: 9.30 - 12.30 Morning chorus - learn songs and sing
Lunch
Session 2:  2.30 - 4.00    Yet More singing! Elective options TBA
Practise time / Teatime
Singing re-cap and Cocktails 5.30
Dinner 7.00
Evening Session


Tues  Breakfast

Fond farewells and head for home. Please clear the site by 11.30

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The Food

We have a fabulous cook, Erika who will concoct gorgeous homemade nourishing lunches and dinners just for you. That’s the plan. We’ve done it before and it worked rather well. No trying to create Sea bass and homemade hollandaise in a non-stick pan on your precariously balanced camping gaz contraption. On no 'cos that would be stressful. We’re not doing stress.

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Book a Bell Tent and camp in style!

 

If you’re not a natural camper, try glamping! - Beautiful Bells will bring you a tent, put it up and  install a comfy bed (not airbed). All you have to do is fall asleep! You can stay on site and enjoy the evening sessions with the other guests. When you go home, they come and take it down. To book your tent click here.

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Tickets are limited so do book early!

Come solo or bring  your friends too!

The Cost

£380 - Includes camping fees, tuition fees and full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner). For next year please note: Early bird is £365 before 1st March!

NB. Because Three Days in May is a small event, we need to get sufficient numbers to run it before we pay the balance of our overheads. Please tell your friends to book before March 1st so that we can go ahead!

Book here
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More Questions?

Roger is happy to answer any more questions you have so feel free to email him at
roger@sing.co.uk

"Beautiful place, lovely people, great teachers - amazing!"

"Roger & Sue are both great teachers - patient and supportive, setting a fun tone..."

"I didn't expect this quality of delicious food at an event like this - Fantastic!"

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