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    Song

of the week

Lonesome Pine Special

Our friend Carole Chante Old Time enthusiast and broadcaster died

last year.

We were delighted to have had the opportunity to see her her one last time when we went to the studio

to record a few songs

on her radio show.

This is one of the songs

from that session.

28th May - 1st June

Manor Buildings, Park Lane, Ashington, Nr Pulborough RH20 3AW

Like you, we're desperate to get together with our music friends, and would really love to be able to offer one of our Three Days in May courses. Obviously there are many reasons not to, but we feel that if we are ever to gather again, someone has to be bold enough to take the first steps.

We've switched to a venue where we can spend most of our time out of doors (it is the end of May remember!)

and accommodation will be your own tent or camper. 

We're keeping it small - limited to 30 which means that we have to share the amenity costs between a smaller number, but we are going to include full catering, so that we can fully immerse ourselves in the music.

And there will be loads of that - We'll have three hours of tuition in the morning and one and a half in the afternoon, with a forty five minute recap. just before cocktails and dinner.

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.

How much does it cost?

 

Given the uncertainty of the situation, we don't want you to book up fully now, but we would like to ask you to put in £25 as (non-refundable) kickstart cash which will reserve your place, and help fund us to get all our ducks in row, so that once we feel it's going to be OK to go ahead, we can move swiftly to do so.

Total cost is £285, but we'll only ask you for the balance (£260) when we confirm that we can proceed.

If we have to cancel after that, all of that balance will be returned.

If at the end of all this, we still can't go ahead in May, we'll try to offer it later in the summer.

Please check out the FAQs too.

8 Reasons Why you would love to go on our Singing Residential

It will be run in the open, and you would be camping/ glamping/ caravanning/ campervanning it for the duration of Three Days in May. We will sing in and idyllic spot in the rural Sussex in airy barns and outside in dizzyingly-beautiful harmony with the wildlife surrounding us. Or that’s the aim. Here are 8 reasons why you want to come along to our singing residential:

Back to Nature

Surrounding yourself with the green stuff has recently been proven to be good for us but we’ve always known this.

Someone dreamt up the term and hobby of ‘forest bathing’ in recent years but we’ve all learnt that a bit of a walk around

somewhere not choked with traffic does us the power of good. Our course is set in a beautiful green spot and you will

relax almost instantly.

Life-affirming innit?

That’s right. Everyone you meet on this course is bound to be pretty great. Being singers, they tend to be empathetic and

hold similar values to yours. That’s why being on this course will be so good for you. You will very probably finally have it

confirmed to you that you are, in fact, RIGHT about everything. It’s the rest of them who’ve got it wrong. You are

beautiful and clever. You are going to meet people who will confirm this for you emphatically.

Good for your mental elf

Google it – go on. T’internet says singing is very good for your head. But you already know this, of course, because you are

right about everything and clever. Studies from The University of East Anglia and Bupa...and loads of others have

confirmed that it improves our positive outlook on life, brings a sense of togetherness (who’d have thought we’d need

that?) and makes us feel great from top to toe. It reduces that stuff called cortisol (responsible for stress) and releases

other natural happy chemicals in us. Hurrah! Because we’ll be naturally and healthily balanced, we’ll have room for a little

alcohol if you like that: we have fostered the tradition of cocktail hour every evening before dinner at ‘Three Days in May’.

Let someone else cook!

We are going to bring in a fabulous cook 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. That would be stressful. We’re not

doing stress.

Erika

Thinking and erm…learning

This course is not just about singing a jolly song and then moving on. It aims to make you a more reflective, confident

singer, whether you feel you might be singing with a small group after this course, singing in a choir or starting your own

solo career. The emphasis will be on singing rather than theory but there will be pause for thought about tone, volume,

finding your comfortable range, blending with others.

Branching out

You may want to see if there is a song-writer in you. Surely , everyone has a story to tell? Or perhaps you would like to

know more about how playing in a band? There will be opportunities to have a go at song-writing and even to form a

scratch band so that you can experience (and get advice about) honing your performance. Sue has been running a

successful song-writing course for a year and has some great creative ideas for getting you started here. This is entirely

optional.

Calorie-burner!

My sources tell me that singing standing up burns at least 100 calories an hour. The same as light housework or some

yoga. There you go – the perfect excuse to run away from the housework! I don’t know if any serious studies have been

done, but it sounds true to me! I always go a bit pink after singing and my heart rate goes up a bit. Sometimes I feel a bit

thirsty and have to have half a cider, which probably negates the calorie-burner theory, actually. Darnit.

Experienced (nice) tutors

I may be biased. But we will be very nice to you. That is not to say that we will not put you slightly out of your comfort

zone from time to time. We’ve done Three Days in May twice now and here are some of the things people said:

“Thoroughly enjoyable workshop, great experience and great people

Thank you for reading, friends. Stay safe and cheerful if you can.

Read about this event and Covid and about the Course Leaders

Programme

Fri 28th May Arrive late afternoon. 6.00  Drinks reception, songs and dinner.

7.00  Dinner

Sat 29th May  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

Mon 31st May  Breakfast

Session 1: 9.30 - 12.30 Morning chorus - learn songs and sing

Lunch

Session 2: Elective 2.30 - 4.00 Singing while playing / Harmony

Practise time / Teatime

Singing re-cap and Cocktails 5.30

Gala Dinner evening 7.00

Concert

Sun 30th May  Breakfast

Session 1: 9.30 - 12.30 Morning chorus - learn songs and sing

Lunch

Session 2:  2.30 - 4.00 Songwriting / Sing harmony without theory

Practise time / Teatime

Singing re-cap and Cocktails 5.30

Dinner 7.00

Tues 1st June Breakfast

Final sing and fond farewells. Please clear site by 12.00