Carry It On, Oct 2014

A Natural Voice Practitioners’ skills training, support & networking weekend
providing inspiration, ideas & refreshment to leaders of singing groups
Suitable for less experienced singing & voice teachers & more seasoned practitioners who are in need of nourishment

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24-26 October 2014
at The Claret Centre, The Towers,
Buckden, St Neots, Cambs, PE19 5TA

This will be our tenth Carry It On weekend and we love leading them! A weekend with a friendly bunch of people with a passion for singing, sharing ideas, skills, songs, techniques and inspiration to develop our work as singing leaders. What could be better?!

The programme for the weekend is devised from the concerns and interests of the participants, but topics can include the practicalities and challenges of setting up and running short-term projects and working long-term with singing groups and choirs, conducting and teaching skills, working with people who have pitching difficulties, mixed ability groups, singing and health groups, working with elderly and with people with dementia, young people, special needs groups, equal opportunities, funding, money matters … There will be lots of practical voice work, warm-ups, song sharing, play and chat as well as consideration of effective ways of dealing with concerns and challenges encountered in the work and opportunities for one-to-one sessions with the leaders. As there are three leaders, we often work in smaller groups focusing on different aspects of voice work, according to the interests and experience of participants.

On Saturday evening we will have a singing party. There will also be opportunities to enjoy the Wonderful Outdoors, including the Tudor Knot Garden, the lake and woodland walks.

Some comments from recent course participants

‘I’ve learnt such a lot from the weekend’ ‘highly skilled facilitation …please keep on Carrying It On, the ripples go on and on!’
‘I am going back with so many new ideas and a great new network of colleagues.’


Frankie, Rowena and Pauline are highly experienced facilitators and teachers with a wealth of experience in all aspects of voice work. We are all founder members of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network. You can find more information about us on

FOOD: The food is home-cooked by on site catering staff who can cater for vegetarian and special dietary requirements.

COST: £240 full board in shared rooms, £260 in single rooms. There are a couple of bursary places available for people who really need them. Contact Rowena about this.

PAYMENT: A non-refundable deposit of £60 will secure a place. Please send us some information about you on the booking form overleaf. The remainder of the fee is due by 24 September after which the fee will be non-returnable.

LOCATION: The Claret Centre at The Towers is a recently refurbished retreat centre dating back to the 11th century set in a 15-acre estate in the village of Buckden, Cambs, 5 miles from Huntingdon Station. See We will have the use of a large conference room, a sitting room and library. There are also two lovely chapels to sing in!

TIMES: You can arrive any time after 2pm. Dinner will be available at 7pm. The weekend finishes at 3pm on Sunday.



The non-returnable deposit is £60. The balance is due by 26 September, after this date it is not repayable. You can pay by bank transfer or by cheque:

  1. Bank transfer (BACS): Please ensure you add your name and CIO as reference so we can trace your payment.
  2. Cheque payable to NVPN, send to Gill Upham, NVPN Admin, 10 St Albans Road, Sheffield, S10 4DP





PREFERRED ACCOMMODATION:    shared  /  single Circle your choice

If you want to share with a particular person, please write their name below.

There are 13 bedrooms: We can assign 7 to people who do not wish to share a room. There are 3 ensuite rooms. The rest have nearby bath/shower rooms shared by 2 or 3 bedrooms. There may be more single rooms available if necessary.

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:    vegetarian  /  vegan  /  other

Please write a short outline giving details of: your experience, current involvement in voice work, particular concerns/interests, what you would like to get out of the weekend and return this to

The more you tell us in advance, the better we can gear the course to your needs!

If you need further information please contact Rowena on 01223 573288 or