Summer Songbook Singing workshops in Courtmacsherry

Posted on: 10th June, 2016

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Courtmacsherry is the location of the fourth Annual Summer Songbook weekend workshops, taking place from Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 3. What started off four years ago as a new initiative for The Year of The Gathering has grown into an amazing weekend of choral music in all its facets; from modern choral work, to liturgical work, ensemble workshops, solo singing workshops and singing technique. Three local professional singing tutors, Sheila McCarthy, Marie O’Dwyer and Joanne Walsh, accompanied by the very distinguished accompanist Annabel Adams are responsible for the workshops, which begin at 6pm on Friday evening in Courtmacsherry Community Centre.

Central to the weekend is ‘our voice’ and the importance of breathing and posture. The mantra for the weekend is ‘your voice is your friend and treat it as such’. The benefits of singing are not to be ignored. It exercises your heart, lungs and releases endorphins, making you feel good. The evaluation received after each workshop is testament to this…the experience is challenging, rewarding, uplifting and even spiritual.

But as well as the above, there is also a fun aspect to the weekend. The camaraderie and encouragement among the participants is truly unique and the friendships forged while tackling Karl Jenkins’s ‘Adiemus’ will not be forgotten in a hurry. The tutor’s inspirational workshops lead to glorious sounds emanating round the village of Courtmacsherry.

On Sunday evening, a Showcase Concert takes place in the Sacred Heart Church at 6pm. This is becoming a must-see for lovers of choral music and the feedback is very impressive. You will be treated to an evening of glorious choral pieces, amazing ensembles and solos.

All the workshops plus a superb afternoon tea in the Golden Pheasant and a delicious barbecue in Courtmacsherry Hotel cost €60 for the weekend.

If you would like to join on this amazing musical journey, please contact Ann O’Donovan on 087 8509898 or Angela Veldman on angveldman@gmail.com and application forms will be sent to you.

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