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Faith no longer leads singing workshops for Authentic Adventures. See below for a 6 night Singing for Larks singing holiday in Cumbria.

"Faith's charisma, energy and enthusiasm are wonderful and she carries everyone with her... including the local people we found ourselves singing with"


Saturday 15th - Friday 21st June
BRATHAY HALL, Ambleside, Cumbria

Brathay Hall, Ambleside, LA22 0HP.
Brathay Hall is a spacious, 18th century Georgian country house, with added buildings, set in 360 acres of mature woodland and rolling pasture, at the head of Windermere. It is just outside Ambleside, in the heart of the English Lake District. The hall was enjoyed for many years as a family home and its visitors have included Coleridge and Constable. Now it’s owned by the Brathay Trust, whose mission is to improve the life chances of children, young people and families, by inspiring them to engage positively in their communities. You can find out more about the Brathay Trust at:

Saturday 15th – Friday 21st June 2019.
You can arrive from 4.00 pm on Saturday, with the first session starting around 5.30pm. It finishes around 11.30 am on the Friday, after a final sing together in the morning.

We’ll sing together every day, sometimes at Brathay Hall and sometimes when we’re out and about in this stunning area, but this holiday offers so much more. All the group activities are aimed to be accessible to people with limited mobility, but please contact Faith when you book to talk through some of the logistics. There are also plenty of opportunities for more physical activities for those who want them - these optional activities are not included in the main price. Here’s an idea of what you can expect during your stay (please allow for some adaptations to the programme):

Saturday: You can take your time travelling, aiming to arrive between 4.00 and 5.30 pm. This gives us plenty of time for a good sing together before dinner.

Sunday: We’ll sing together in the theatre at Brathay Hall all morning. After lunch, there’s free time for you to relax and get to know Brathay and the surrounding area. Without leaving the grounds, you can enjoy some stunning views, a stroll, even a dip in the lake. There are a variety of walks straight from the hall or you can meander into Ambleside (15 minutes’ walk or 5 minutes’ drive) which is always buzzing, with places to eat, drink and shop. There’s also a busy waterfront area in Ambleside, where you can catch the Windermere steamer or hire a rowing boat. We’ll have another sing before dinner.

Monday: In the morning there’s free time, with the option of joining in some water-based activities like kayaking, canoeing and rowing, guided by the technical (outdoor pursuits) staff at Brathay Hall. There may also be the opportunity to attend a pottery session in the craft room at Brathay Hall. There will be an additional charge for these activities and the price will depend on the number of people joining in. In the afternoon, after a short sing together, we shall visit the lovely Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, where we shall stay until after official closing time, so that we can have a private sing in its beautiful spaces. In the evening, we shall eat out at the renowned ‘vegeterranean’ restaurant: Fellini’s.

Tuesday: We’ll sing together in the theatre at Brathay Hall in the morning. After lunch there’s free time, with a recommendation to visit the villages of Rydal and / or Grasmere. You may want to visit Rydal caves and try out the fabulous acoustics, or you may prefer to explore the villages with their shops and attractions. In the evening, after an early dinner, we shall go to Ullswater and have a two-hour trip on a privately chartered steamer, where we shall meet up with members of Lakeland Voices and their leader, David Burbidge. After the steamer, we can carry on singing with these local singers at the Kirkstone Pass Inn.

Wednesday: The morning and afternoon are free for you to enjoy a longer activity, a trip out further afield or a totally relaxing day at Brathay Hall. There will be the option of guided activities (water and / or land-based) with the Brathay technical team and possibly pottery with the in-house arts team. Again, these activities will carry an additional charge. Whatever you get up to, though, make sure you’re back by around 4.30 pm for a workshop with The Lovenotes. This is the acapella quartet that I sing with, and the other 3 members will come up from Manchester to join us for the evening. In just one hour, you’ll learn a substantial song, with one leader per part. After a buffet dinner, the Lovenotes will put on a one-hour performance, during which you will have the chance to perform the song you learnt at the workshop and, if you want to, we can share a couple of other songs we’ve learnt during the week. Both the workshop and the concert will be open to a few local singers and members of the public. If the weather’s nice, we’ll spend the rest of the evening singing round a bonfire with our guests.

Thursday: In the morning we’ll be at Brathay Hall for a short sing and there will be some free time. In the afternoon, we’ll go to the lovely Footprint Centre, a National Trust property in St Catherine’s Wood, just outside Windermere. We shall sing in the beautiful eco building and then you will have various options: walking up to Orrest Head view point or down towards the lake or visiting Holehird Gardens or the villages of Windermere or Bowness. For those who just want to relax, read, sketch or nod off, we have been given permission to stay on at the Footprint to enjoy the peace and beauty both indoors and in the grounds, including the walled garden. Brathay Hall technical staff will be available to help with directions and transport. As this will be our final evening, we shall have a farewell party back at Brathay Hall – we can decide how we want to do this once we’re there!

Friday: After breakfast, we’ll have time for one more sing together, before leaving around 11.30 am

EARLY LARK PRICES PER PERSON (book before 6th April):
SINGLE £824.00
STANDARD TWIN / DOUBLE (sharing) £747.50
STANDARD TWIN / DOUBLE (single occupancy) £1002.50
SUPERIOR TWIN / DOUBLE (sharing) £824.00
SUPERIOR TWIN / DOUBLE (single occupancy) £1155.50
ACCESSIBLE (SUPERIOR) TWIN / DOUBLE (single occupancy) £1032.50

Full details about accommodation, booking conditions etc will be available soon on the Event Information under Brathay Hall on the Workshops Tab.