Maddy and Rose-Ellen Now offer 1-to-1 singing lessons
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Vocal Technique course
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Personalised Gift Certificates are available for all of our courses
It isn't what you think!
If you are on one of our many courses and you wish to work on your voice privately, just ask Emma about our availability and she will book you in
If there is someone you know who needs a break or talks about wanting to sing more but never has the chance, we offer the gift of somewhere beautiful and peaceful they can escape to to focus on what they enjoy. The gift of friendship, food and focus... better than a scented candle!
It is for everyone who wants to improve their singing and learn about the voice.
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Weekend Workshops - 2018 and 2019

Lots of Songs
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With Maddy Prior and Kate Howard
Date: November 9th to 11th 2018
Price: £250
On-site accomodation available? None

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. 

Other upcoming events....

Artist's Residency Retreat
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With light activity programme by Maddy Prior
Date: November 12th 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
Gaudete Christmas Feast 2018
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With Maddy Prior and Rose-Ellen Kemp
Date: December 27th to 29th 2018
Price: £280
On-site accomodation available? Yes

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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.

Weekend Workshops - 2019 Programme 

Singing For The Uncertain
For those who want to start their singing journey with fun, laughter and no judgement
Have you been told you can't sing? It has happened to many people. 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.

Led by Maddy Prior
March 1st - 3rd 2019
£250
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Vocal Technique (March)
Learn everything a singer/vocalist needs to know about the voice and more. There are 1:1 masterclasses to help you progress your voice and there are group singing sessions to help you practice your new techniques. There are lectures on anatomy and physiology and Complete Vocal Technique. We will also teach you warm-up techniques and theory and all about how to take care of the voice. 
Requirements: If you can sing a verse and/or a chorus of a song, acapella in front of a small group of people (they will be your new best friends by then!) then you can start your voice work journey. 
  

Led by Rose-Ellen Kemp and Maddy Prior
March 7th - 10th 2019
£340
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 Stones Barn, Bewcastle, Carlisle,
Cumbria, CA6 6PW 

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Challenging Harmony
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. 

Work-friendly timetable
6:30pm Friday-4pm Sunday
Led by Maddy Prior and Rose-Ellen Kemp
April 26th - 28th 2019
£250
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Peggy Seeger   ‘First Time Ever’
For those who want to spend time with Peggy, learning and singing her songs and listening to her stories.
Following the recent publication of her book 'First Time Ever', Peggy returns to the Barn to teach us more of her legendary, skilfully crafted and historically significant songs. 
Requirements: There are no requirements, all are welcome to join us for this course.
Led by Peggy Seeger
and hosted by Maddy Prior
May 3rd - 5th 2019
​£250
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The Great Female Singers  
We will focus on a handful of the GREATS and learn one of each of their songs. 
We will consider their ornamentation licks and riffs and pay close attention to the minutiae of their phrasing. In essence, we will discover, using Complete Vocal Technique principles, what makes them, them! And as with most things, the devil is in the detail. 
Requirements: For those who wish to learn about voice and how to cover a song in spectacular fashion!
  
Led by Maddy Prior and Rose-Ellen Kemp
May 10th - 12th 2019
​£250
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Forgotten Lands
Formally Stepping Stones Festival, Forgotten Lands is a pared down, back-to-basics music festival which has been relocated to its natural home at Stones Barn.

The fields spring to life and music can be heard ringing through the valley. 2018s festival was held here in secret and we all enjoyed it so much we are doing it again! It is also an oportunity for all of our participants through the years to get together. There will be music, workshops, food camping all on-site. 
Our down-to-earth family friendly
field festival @ Stones Barn

June 7th - 9th 2019
​£30 suggested donation

For news about when tickets become available please keep an eye on the
Stepping Stones Festival Facebook page

Topical Songs With Reference To The Tradition

Chris Wood's first workshop at the Barn and like many of our guest tutors, Chris does not consider himself a teacher, as such, but he has agreed to come and share with us his songs and thoughts about writing contemporary songs that engage with the social dynamic of our times. 

 Requirements: anyone can join us for this course
Led by Chris Wood
and hosted by Maddy Prior
June 14th - 16th 2019
£250
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Circle Of The Year
Celebration songs to soothe depression and other symptoms of our technological times and connect with nature. This course will be about reconnecting with the outdoors and the cycle of the seasons. We will learn a song from each season and prepare to sing them throughout the coming year. We will sing together as a group, go on singing walks, eat hearty food and concentrate on the tangible, simple pleasures like good company and the joy of singing for fun.  Requirements: anyone can join us for this course! You don't have to have depression, just a willingness to join us to reconnect.

Work-friendly timetable
6:30pm Friday-4pm Sunday

Led by Maddy Prior and Rose-Ellen Kemp
June 21st - 23rd 2019
£250
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Poetry
This workshop is for people who enjoy the study of poetry and learning about existing works. There is no writing of poetry expected in Don's workshops although many poets do attend as well as songwriters.
Don has been leading poetry weekends at the Barn for many years now and it is always a fascinating programme of study. More info on this later.  
Requirements: There are no requirements.
  

Led by Don Paterson
June 28th - 30th 2019
​​£250
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Voice and Singing Workshop at Halsway Manor, Somerset
We return to Halsway for a second year of big group singing, 1:1 singing masterclasses and learning about the voice in the company of voice specialist, speech and language therapist and author of 'Voice Work: Art and Science in Changing Voices', Christina Shewell.

Requirements: There are no requirements for this course. Anyone can join.
Christina Shewell SLT, Maddy Prior,
Rose-Ellen Kemp 
July 8th - 12th 2019
​​£(various)
Go to Halsway website
Sing And Bring Your Dog!
Come on a singing course and bring your dog! There will be one or two pet themed songs, there will be singing walks with our pets, our four legged pals will be eating Nette's cooking too with special treats and there will be dog-friendly on-site accommodation. 
Requirements: you must like dogs! But you don't have to bring a dog with you, you might just like to spend time with everyone elses’! There will be space for 10 dogs and only a few more people so booking early is advised.
  

Led by Rose-Ellen Kemp
and Nette Maudsley
August 2nd - 4th 2019
£300
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Working Weekend
Stay at our rural idlle, eat well, meet new people and take part in singarounds in the evenings in exchange for doing a bit of DIY/gardening/cleaning/painting/wood working/sewing/interior design/tree surgery etc. etc.

See our Working Weekends page for testimonials

Hosted by Maddy Prior
August 9th - 11th 2019
£(FREE)
Email Emma to request place
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Join Our Skiffle Group
Rick and Rose-Ellen will be the guitar and bass foundation of a big skiffle group made up of all of you! We will do nothing but learn and play skiffle with a touch of talking about skiffle along the way by those who were there and those who have been inspired by it since. We will pick some tracks that we feel have influence and relevance now, and some which were very important at the time.
Requirements: you must like washboards! 
  
  


Led by Rick Kemp and Rose-Ellen Kemp
August 16th - 18th 2019
£250
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Introduction To Vocal Technique   
If this is either your first singing course at Stones Barn, or you aren't THAT 'Uncertain' or If you have been on a Singing For The Uncertain and you want to take your singing a step further, maybe you want to sing more and challenge yourself without too much jargon or lectures? If so, this course is the one for you! 
This course will focus more on group singing to progress vocal ability than it will on 1:1 masterclasses. 

Requirements: There are absolutely none, anyone can join us. 
Led by Rose-Ellen Kemp
August 30th - Sept. 1st 2019
£250
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Poetry Writing
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 and won prestigious awards. Requirements: People of all levels of experience are encouraged to consider signing up, all are welcome.

Led by Ian Duhig
September 6th - 8th 2019
£250
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Harmonies
Jon has agreed to come and share with us an idea he has to teach harmony singing with colours.

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Requirements: Some singing experience and music reading is advantagious but not required.
Led by Jon Boden
and hosted by Maddy Prior
September 13th - 15th 2019
£250
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Performance Skills
Two exceptionally talented individuals making a big impact on folk music culture will bring energy and passion to performance skills. In our humble opinion, Hannah's first solo album 'Jig Doll' should have won album of the year and you already know that she is a spectacular clogg dancer and accordianist. 
Grace is a singer songwriter, often of deeply affecting protest songs, and she is making big waves in feminist and political media. Her album 'Queer As Folk' has just been released and the tour is selling out fast. Requirements: Only the wish to perform and learn about performance.

Includes informal local concert
Led by Hannah James and Grace Petrie
September 26th - 29th 2019
£340
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Harvest Home
A weekend dedicated to that wonderful time when the Summer is fading and the Autumn leaves bring colour to our world. Songs of this season are particularly poignant, with beautiful melodies. We have also been invited to join the local community celebrating the Harvest Festival and sing for them some of what we have learnt.
Requirements: There are none. Everyone is welcome to bring in the harvest.

Includes informal local concert
Work-friendly timetable
6:30pm on Friday-4pm Sunday

Led by Maddy Prior and Rose-Ellen Kemp
October 4th - 6th 2019
£250
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Vocal Technique (Oct)
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.

Led by Rose-Ellen Kemp and Maddy Prior
Oct 17th - 20th 2019
£340
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Martin Carthy's music;
the tradition's evolution
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

Led by Martin Carthy
and hosted by Maddy Prior
October 25th - 27th 2019
£250
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Burn The Witch!
We will sing songs of women's struggle and empowerment through history, write our own spells, chant, share, bond, wear whatever we want and dance outside! There will be a bonfire night where we can debate and heal. We will meditate on what it is we want from life and what we want for women in our society and community and we will start by making our voices heard. We aim to create a mini modern coven of support and good will and have a blast doing it!
Requirements: only that you believe in the social, economic and political equality of the sexes!

Work-friendly timetable
6:30pm Friday-4pm Sunday

Led by Maddy Prior and Rose-Ellen Kemp
November 1st - 3rd 2019
£250
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Gaudete Christmas Feast 2019
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.
  

Led by Maddy Prior, Rose-Ellen Kemp
and feast by Nette Maudsley
Dec 27th - 29th 2019
£280
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