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Midwinter Festive Singing Weekend

December 8, 2023 @ 8:00 am - December 10, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

$290 – $410



Julu Irvine and Heg Brignall of folk duo Suthering lead this joyful and engaging festive harmony singing course. Their hugely popular Suthering Singing Retreats come to Dartington Estate for a unique weekend exploring traditional and contemporary folk songs, all themed around the winter season.  

During the day there will be workshops where you will learn singing and breathing techniques which you will then apply to an array of different folk songs. The group will also get the chance to sing some festive songs in an informal sing-around setting, facilitated by Julu and Heg. Together we will fill the room with harmony.  

Every song is carefully selected and arranged especially for a cappella choral harmony – from easy rounds and loop songs to more challenging choral material which aims to help you expand your harmony singing skills. These carefully researched and selected festive songs (both traditional and contemporary) stem from folk traditions and evoke the sound of the season.   

Julu and Heg expertly intertwine their extensive knowledge of singing technique, folk music and choral skills with fun and humour, helping each singer to explore their singing, build their confidence and create incredible music together as a group.


  • Learn easy rounds, loops and warm-up songs.  
  • Learn more challenging folk songs in a cappella harmony. 
  • Build confidence. 
  • Explore singing and breathing techniques. 
  • Improve harmony singing skills. 
  • Enjoy the fun and joy of a festive folk singaround.  



“Heg & Julu’s singing retreats, from the moment you arrive, allow you the luxury of putting your life on hold as the group immerses itself in forming new friendships, learning beautiful harmonies, sharing delicious food and making wonderful memories. Heg & Julu create an open, sharing atmosphere that it felt so safe & healthy to release your emotions. I absolutely love the retreats, we all leave feeling incredibly uplifted but a definite feeling of sadness that the weekend is over… When can I go again?!” 

“The weekend helped me move to a different level with my singing. Thank you very much for all your skill and encouragement.” 

(Main Image by Pete Axford)

Course Fee:

Includes all lunches, suppers, field trips, materials and all teaching from supper on the day of your arrival through until the lunchtime before your departure.


(Or secure your place with a £150 deposit)

Course Fee and Accommodation:

All the perks are included in your course fee, PLUS breakfast and accommodation from the day your course starts to check-out on the morning of the day the course ends. (More info about accommodation can be found below.)


(Or secure your place with a £150 deposit)


Dartington Trust
01803 847000
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Schumacher College
Old Postern Lodge
Dartington, Devon TQ9 6EL United Kingdom
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