A Singing on the Wild Side weekend
23rd – 26th August 2019
With Candy Verney and guest teacher Lindsey Williams
Get away from the busyness of life for this special weekend of singing glorious songs by Lindsey and Candy.
If you haven’t sung Lindsey and Candy’s songs before, you’re in for a treat. Quality, poetic lyrics are expressed in rich lyrical harmonies. You’ll get the chance to learn one song newly composed for this event.
For singers with some experience. We’ll learn by ear, but sheet music can be provided for those who’d like it. You can hear some of the songs on Candy’s website: candyverney.co.uk
There’ll also be time to immerse yourself in the deep peace of Donegal’s stunningly beautiful landscape.
Break my heart if I should never come back here
For this place is in my bones, my blood, my tears
And the white white sand and the green blue sea,
And the empty skies above, it’s very close to love
Course starts: 5pm Friday 23rd August
Finishes: 10am Mon 26th August
Cost €385 Early Bird price (before November 30th) €345
-Accommodation for three nights
-Meals: Breakfast three days, Lunch three days, Dinner 2 nights
-Guided hikes and walks
-Harmony Singing tuition
What’s not included?
-Transport to and from the Song House. Guests will be expected to make their own way to the house. Full directions and transport options will be given.
-Any snack food outside of the three meals provided.
-One evening dinner which will be a group outing to a local restaurant.
Candy Verney’s passion is to inspire and create, through singing, a sense of harmony which gives an experience beyond the ordinary. She has building singing communities in different ways all her working life. She created and developed 6 community choirs in and around Bath for 20 years. She runs Community Choir Leader Trainings, seeding singing groups throughout UK and Germany. She initiated and directed The Trowbridge Song project, celebrating diversity through sharing traditional music, in a rural town in Wiltshire. She is now director of The Song House, a retreat centre in Co. Donegal, NW Ireland, where she also runs singing holidays and trainings. Recently she has collaborated with Lindsey Williams and together they have written a series of songs for choirs that are a joy to sing, whose lyrics inspire and comment on modern life: Songs for Life
“Hugely recommend- if you love singing and cannot get enough, come Singing on the Wild Side”. PB 2018
“Candy is a superb voice coach, the atmosphere was spot-on, truly delightful” MD 2017
“ Lindsey’s songs are sometimes challenging, but candy’s arrangements make them accessible to all. Enriching, absorbing and utterly worth the effort!” SS 2016
Lindsey Wiliams is an award-winning playwright who has been writing songs all her life. A Clinical Psychologist by profession, she tries to write songs that reflect and dissect everyday experiences. She says ‘I write lyrics that have meaning for me but which I also hope will resonate with other people…The tunes usually come pretty easily but getting the words right is hell!’
Lindsey is Assistant Music Director with Sing Out Bristol (the South West’s largest LGBT choir) and leads the Spring Singers in Gloucestershire, a group she describes as ‘small on numbers but huge on loveliness!’
Collaborating with Candy has been thrilling…by some magical alchemy she creates marvelous, soaring, rhythmic harmonies that singers just love to sing.
‘Candy and Lindsey…Wow! The tunes, the harmonies, the words, the teaching…And all done with such good humour and laughter. To quote my favourite song of the day…’I’ll be coming back to you!’ AN 2017