Hilary James & Janet Giraudo Voice Workshop
Halsway Manor, Somerset 26th-28th Jan 2018

The Two Sisters: Hilary James & Janet GiraudoFollowing our hugely enjoyable voice and mandolin workshops at Kenwood Hall, Sheffield in November, Simon Mayor and I will be joining forces again in January, this time in our other favourite setting, the beautiful Halsway Manor nestling at the foot of the Quantocks in Somerset.

As in 2017, my sister Janet Giraudo will be sharing the singing duties with me.

Although the voice and mandolin workshops will 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 first video here.


Please visit the Halsway Manor website to book.

Hope to see you in Somerset!





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 – Saturday night concert

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