Hilary James Voice Workshops

My next scheduled voice workshop weekend is a return visit to Halsway Manor National Centre For Traditional Arts in Somerset, where I’ll be sharing hosting honours with (my sister) Janet Giraudo for ‘The Two Sisters Song Weekend‘ .

Simon Mayor will also be running his usual mandolin workshop. Although the two groups run separately, we’ll teach some joint pieces to perform together in the final session. The resulting mandolin orchestra and chorus is always enormous fun. You can get a flavour of the format from the video here.

You can book at the Halsway Manor website – hope to see you there!


About the workshop

Singers of all abilities are invited to join me in this relaxed workshop weekend of vocal delights. Enjoy the pleasure of singing either with a group or solo as you discover the potential of your own voice. Explore a variety of vocal genres from folk to blues, jazz, ballads, sea shanties, lullabies, comic songs and more.

I’ll be working both ‘by ear’ with simple, improvised vocal harmony and, for the more experienced, written parts for some songs will be available.

Simon’s mandolin group will be covering some of the same material, so in addition to the a capella pieces, the two groups will join at the end of the weekend for a grand concert of choir and mandolin orchestra, playing to an audience of, well… ourselves! It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and to learn to perform as an ensemble.

Music and MP3 sample files will be sent out in advance so you can acquaint yourself with the melodies. Above all, the weekend is meant to be a fun, relaxing time, and the amount of preparation you put in is entirely up to you – there will be no exam!

Simon Mayor, Hilary James & Janet Giraudo – Saturday night concert

Simon, Janet and I will be playing a public concert on the Saturday evening. Entrance is free to those attending the workshops.