Kenwood Hall Hotel, Sheffield
3rd-5th November 2017

Following our hugely enjoyable voice and mandolin workshops at Halsway Manor, Somerset in January, Simon Mayor and I have decided  to join forces again in early November, this time in the beautiful setting of Sheffield’s Kenwood Hall. Although we’ll be running our two workshops separately we’ll teach some joint pieces to perform together in the final session. The resulting mandolin orchestra and chorus at Halsway was enormous fun. You can get a flavour of the format from the first video here.

This will be our second visit to Kenwood Hall. For our first workshop in October 2016 we limited ourselves to twenty-five mandolinists and had such a lovely experience that we decided to include singers this year. You can view the picturesque delights of Kenwood Hall in the second video of Simon’s Mandolin Retreat 2016.

There’s more information below about the voice workshop, or go straight to the booking form (which is on Simon’s website) if you prefer.

Hope to see you in Sheffield!

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

Kenwood Hall HotelSimon and I will be playing a public concert on the Saturday evening at the hotel. Entrance is free to those attending the workshops.

The Venue

The Kenwood Hall Hotel offers extremely comfortable 4-star accommodation and is set in an oasis of beautifully landscaped grounds just south of the city centre in the rather grand suburb of Nether Edge.

The hotel provides full board and unlimited coffee, tea and soft drinks during the day. The kitchen will cater for any special dietary needs (let them know in advance). Apart from overdosing on music, you’ll also have access to the hotel’s leisure facilities (swimming pool, sauna etc). There is full disabled access.

Bookings & fee

The fee for the weekend is £415.

This includes all tuition, entrance to the Saturday evening concert, full board from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon (breakfast, buffet lunch, three course evening meal, unlimited coffee, tea and soft drinks during the day) and use of the hotel’s spa facilities.

Please use the booking form (which is on Simon Mayor’s website) to secure your place; numbers will be limited. We ask for a non-refundable deposit of £240 to secure your hotel room and place, with the outstanding balance of £175 payable one month ahead of the event.

If you’ll be attending as a couple and sharing a room with another participating singer or mandolinist, please ask for a special rate.

If you’d like to bring a spouse or friend who will be sharing your room but not attending the course, please let us know that person’s meal requirements (lunch? dinner?) and we can quote a special rate for that too.

The hotel also has family rooms subject to availability.

If you have any other questions please contact Anne Jones on 0118 926 8615