Tag Archives: Hermione Swinford

MACAW 2015 – Parakeet Marquee Schedule

Read about some of our tutors here, and make your bookings here.  Places are limited.

Sunday 2nd August

14:00 – 16:00 – Silver earring workshop with Adele West.  £30 inclusive of all materials.  More details

16:10 – 18:10 – Pottery workshop with Jane Masterman.  £19 inclusive of all materials.  More details


Monday 3rd August

10:00 – 12:00 – Hawker’s Hut Watercolour workshop with Lynne Holehouse. £19 inclusive of all materials. More details

14:00 – 16:00 – Throw a pot with Jane Masterman. £19 inclusive of all materials. More details


Tuesday 4th August

09:00 – 10:00 – Beading workshop with Adele West.  £12 inclusive of all materials. More details


Wednesday 5th August

10:00 – 12:00 – Summerleaze acrylics workshop with Lynne Holehouse.  £19 inclusive of all materials.  More details

19:00 – 21:30 – Singing workshop with Hermione Swinford.  £19 – bring your own voice.  More details

We are all born with an innate capacity to project our voices and communicate every nuance of  emotion . Music is at the core of our culture and as human beings we are in possession of a unique and expressive instrument.  All birds can sing and human beings are no different. Singing is wonderful therapy and it can also be one of the most moving and important art forms as well as holding an important role in many spiritual practices around the world and throughout history.  Occasionally we lose touch with this intrinsic ability and feel for various reasons we cannot sing as well as we’d like. There can be a real yearning to re-discover our voice, and to do so can be a great joy. It may take time and patience, but along the way there will be many glimpses of the great gift that is one’s own unique vocal instrument.

It’s extremely rare to be ‘tone deaf’ . We all learn to speak through mimicry and can communicate with subtle nuances of pitch-but often through formative experiences we can become nervous of singing with the degree of physical commitment needed for correct tuning.  ‘Singing in’ a song is an extremely important first step for all professional singers, where the simple process of repetition creates a muscular memory of the tune within the body, in the same way that dancers learn choreography.

Thursday 6th August

10:00 – 12:00 – Our family – family tree session with Lynne Holehouse. £19 per family.  Inclusive of all materials.  More details