Fun In Performance 
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With Nancy Kerr
and hosted by Maddy Prior
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Date: 19th to 22nd October 2017
Price: £290

On-site accomodation available: None


For those interested in building music performance skills and band-working skills

This is as good as it gets! Be prepared to work hard for four packed-but-fun days of putting together songs and music, followed by participation in a rafter-raising show at nearby Stapleton Hall alongside Nancy and Maddy.

CONCERT: October 22nd  at 2pm 2017 @ Stapleton Hall, Cumbria, CA6 6LA
Nancy Kerr and Maddy Prior - joined by the Performance course participants
Tickets £5 (only available on the door)


Vocal Technique
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With Rose-Ellen Kemp and Maddy Prior
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Date:  March  1st to 4th 2018
Price: £340

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For those interested in improving their singing technique and progressing their knowledge of the voice and voice care

Singers at all levels spend time progressing their vocal skill and knowledge. On this course there is one-to-one tuition from Maddy (who has years of experience and is a trained Complete Vocal Techniques teacher) and Rose-Ellen (who has spent ten years as a musician and then trained in Speech and Language Science at Newcastle). It covers anatomy, physiology, vocal hygiene and care, warm-ups, breath support, posture as well as learning some songs and some really fun and interesting group singing sessions.

Requirements: Just that you wish to improve your singing and learn about the voice! You don't have to be at a certain level of ability or have any particular level of experience. Wherever you are at, we aim to help you to take a big step forward.
  
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Vocal Technique @ Halsway Manor
With Maddy Prior, Rose-Ellen Kemp and Christina Shewell
Date: 12th to 16th March 2018
Price: between £191 and 340

On-site accomodation available? Yes
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​As above but in Somerset, though in a larger group plus the extraordinary Christina Shewell, Speech and Language Therapist specialising in voice, vocal coach and author of 'Voice Work: Art and Science in Changing Voices'
Singing for the Uncertain 
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With Maddy Prior
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Date: 23rd to 25th March 2018
Price: £250

On-site accomodation available: None


For those who want to start their singing journey with fun, laughter and no judgement
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You've been told you can't sing. It's happened to many. When you're young you don't question it. It's a fact. But now you can reassess. You sound ok in the car. It's just a story you've told yourself and others. They believe you and so it goes on. Time to stop and tell a different story. Come to see us and sing for fun with others who want to just sing in a safe space, free of judgement and hear yourself for the first time.

 Requirements: There are no requirements! Anyone can join us for this course.
  
Address:
 Stones Barn, Bewcastle, Carlisle,
Cumbria, CA6 6PW 

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016977 48424

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Emma on: info@stonesbarn.co.uk

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Edgewise
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With Ian Duhig 
and hosted by Maddy Prior
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Date: 6th to 8th April 2018
Price: £250

On-site accomodation available? Yes


For those wanting to create and be supported by an extremely supportive, accomplished and knowledgable poet

Ian Duhig has has helped people with their poetry at all levels from the homeless to postgraduates as International Writer Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. More recently, he has worked with various groups writing on the edges of art, song, prose, lyric essay and memoir. He has written seven books of poetry, most recently ‘The Blind Roadmaker (Picador 2016), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation shortlisted for the Roehampton, Forward Best Collection and TS Eliot Prizes. A former homelessness worker, Duhig still works with socially excluded groups, but also visual artists and musicians. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Cholmondeley Award recipient, a winner of the Forward Best Poem Prize once and the National Poetry Competition twice

Requirements: People of all levels of experience are encouraged to consider signing up: you may be on the borders of poetry for the first time, perhaps with material wanting to take flight in this way; you might be a different kind of writer looking to try out something new; you could be an experienced poet wanting to consider alternatives to your normal practice – all are welcome.

Challenging Harmony
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With Maddy Prior and Rose-Ellen Kemp
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Date: 13th to 15th April 2018
Price: £260

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For those who sing regularly and want to sing more complex and challenging harmony.

If you regularly sing in a choir or group and want to sing some different material with some new people in a beautiful place, then this is the course for you! There will be a range of material from different traditions as well as some contemporary 20th century pieces! 

Requirements: the ability to hold a harmony part in a small group. The ability to read music is not necessary although music is provided.
  
Heavy Vocal Exchange
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With Rose-Ellen Kemp
Date: 11th to 13th May 2018
Price: very affordable as it is an exchange /application only

On-site accomodation available: Yes
Email the below address for infomation on how to apply:
info@stonesbarn.co.uk


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For those already working on vocals with or in a metal/rock band at volume 

We at Stones Barn have been teaching Vocal Technique courses for the past 6 years and now we want to tailor one especially to those who use their voices for the more extreme techniques. This is a consultitive course, an exchange if you will! For us to learn what a professional heavy vocalist might want from an annual vocal course and for you to help us to get the word out about the course. But also, for you to have a refresher on anatomy, physiology, vocal hygiene and care, warm-ups, voice support, posture, as well as getting to learn what others do for and with their voices. 

Requirements: that you are already a vocalist in a band and that you have a good social media following to help get the word out.

Examining Ballads and Songs
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With Martin Carthy and Maddy Prior
Date: 18th to 20th May 2018
Price: £260
On-site accomodation available? None

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For those wanting to study and discuss British Traditional ballads and songs and sing a few as well!

Who wouldn't want to spend a weekend in the company of two of the leading lights of the folk world? Two people that have spent their lives involved in this fascinating area of British music. Sing and talk about the background of the big ballads and the beautiful songs of these islands.

Requirements: None. All are welcome
Vocal Technique Week 2018
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With Maddy Prior and Rose-Ellen Kemp
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Date: May 28th to June 2nd 2018
Price: £650
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For those who want an intesive course to learn the latest voice science, have the maximum 1:1 sessions and the space and time to really take great strides forward

A full week to focus on your own technique. Time to really absorb the lessons and move forward. This course will include all of the usual Vocal Technique programme plus more time to learn new songs which will help to cement the new techniques in place. 

Requirements: A thirst for knowledge about voice, a curiosity to progress your vocal technique and a longing to sing with others

Poetry - Deep Reading
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With Don Paterson
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Date: June 22nd to 24th 2018
Price: £250
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For those who want to study poetry in depth with one of the masters 

More information available soon (as if t'were needed!)

Requirements: All poetry lovers and those who are curious are welcome. Anyone could learn a lot from this course.

The Furrow Collective
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With Rachel Newton, Emily Portman, Alasdair Roberts and Lucy Farrell
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Date: September 7th to 9th 2018
Price: £250
On-site accomodation available? None

For those who want to sing (or play and sing) 

Four of the shining talents of the new wave of folk musicians. Classic integrity and great skill. Teaching with a new vision for this material we all love.

Requirements: ALL LEVELS AND STYLES OF SINGER! WE BELIEVE EVERYONE SHOULD SING IF THEY WANT TO. This includes; Professionals and amateurs, people who love to sing of all abilities, those who are interested in folk and traditional musics of the UK. We don’t expect anyone to have prior knowledge, just come along an enjoyment of singing with an open mind and we’ll bring the rest! If you do have a particular interest or want to learn more about the instruments we play let us know and we can tailor the course accordingly.  

Sing Songs of Steeleye
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With Maddy Prior and Rick Kemp
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Date: September 14th to 16th 2018
Price: £250
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For fans of the seminal folk-rock band Steeleye Span who want to sing (or play and sing) their songs

Maddy and Rick arrange an eclectic assortment of Steeleye's repetoire to sing and play as a group. Always very good fun. 

Requirements: reading music not required but sheet music will be provided where necessary for singers. For those playing instruments there will be basic chord sheets. 
Karine Polwart
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With Karine Polwart
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Date: September 21st to 23rd 2018
Price: £250
On-site accomodation available? None

For people who want to sing sing and sing some more

Karine always wows people with her fantastic choice of songs and brilliant teaching. She is an incredibly bright musical light and an inspiringly intelligent being. We cannot recommend her course highly enough. 

Requirements: reading music not required but sheet music will be provided where necessary for singers.
Songwriting
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With Rick Kemp
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Date: September 28th to 30th 2018
Price: £250
On-site accomodation available? None

For people who want a productive weekend and some fresh techniques for songwriting

Rick has had a very long career and sucessful career as a songwriter, producer, bassist and performer. He is the man behind many of Steeleye Span's most beloved songs (Somewhere Along The Road, Where Are They Now?, Montrose, Cromwell's Skull, Edwin, Wintersmith, First Dance) as well as for The Maddy Prior Band and others.

Requirements: ​just a love of writing songs or a longing to create songs
Music Performance
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With Faustus
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Date: November 1st to 4th 2018
Price: £330
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For people who want work on performance and band-working skills in preperation for a small village hall concert at the end
Three brilliant musicians and harmony writers they will encourage and direct your endeavours to craft a performance. An inspiring 4 days.
 
Requirements: FOR ALL THOSE WHO WANT TO SING, OR PLAY AND SING. Those new to the tradition through to seasoned professionals all welcome.  A thirst for knowledge and improvement, openess to group work, and a sense of humour essential. 
Lots of Songs
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With Maddy Prior and Kate Howard
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Date: November 9th to 11th 2018
Price: £250
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For people who want want to sing lots of song, just for fun
 
This for the uncertain as well as more experienced. A solid weekend of glorious songs with simple harmonies with Maddy and the wonderful Kate, a skilled, inspiring and very highly regarded workshop leader from Scotland.
 
Requirements: For the uncertain or more experienced singer. 
Artist's Residency Retreat
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With light activity programme by Maddy Prior
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Date: November 11th to 18th 2018
Price: £350
On-site accomodation available? Yes
Contact the below address for information on how to apply: info @stonesbarn.co.uk

A week-long retreat for professional or semi professional artist of any kind, to have an affordable space to hone their craft

Knowing, as we do, how difficult it is to make a living from artistic endevours, we have decided to start offering residencies for those who would like to grow and develop their craft. This is an affordable space for a week to do as you please. We have all of the resources (mainly books and vinyl) Maddy has mined to create her enire back catologue. This is particularly interesting if you wish to brush up on history, folklore or the folk tradition. More detail on programme and resources soon.

Requirements: That you are a professional or semi professional artist with a social media presence to help us spread the word
Wild Poetry
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With David Morley
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Date: November 23rd to 25th 2018
Price: £250
On-site accomodation available? Yes

For people who want an inspiring, productive, fun-filled weekend of writing

​The ecologist and writer David Morley won the Ted Hughes Award for New Poetry for The Invisible Gift: Selected Poems and a Cholmondeley Award for his contribution to poetry.  His collections includeThe Magic of What’s There, The Gypsy and the Poet, Enchantment and The Invisible Kings. He is recognised as a pioneering conceptual artist for poetry installations within natural landscapes: ‘slow poetry’ sculptures and I-Cast poetry films. David is a popular and world-renowned teacher of creative writing – he is Professor of creative writing in both Britain and Australia!

Requirements: This course is open to all. It is helpful to arrive with an open mind about poetry, about what a poem is and what a poem can do. For new poets this course will boost your confidence and range and give you a fresh sense for poetry’s possibilities. For more experienced poets this course will raise your game and cultivate your confidence in matters of intuition, adventure and a sense for form. For everybody, this course will also bring the natural world tumbling and singing into your poems.
Gaudete Christmas Feast
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With Maddy Prior and Rose-Ellen Kemp
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Date: December 27th to 29th 2018
Price: £280
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For people who want to sing and eat and sing and eat in a seasonal way and celebrate with us

It's been a while since we've celebrated with a Christmas course, but we decided it was time. Good food, good wine, good company and sublime music. What could be better?

Requirements: reading music not required but sheet music will be provided where necessary for singers.