Song workshop at Ansells Farm, July 2011: Wine, Women and Song

July 1-3 2011

The theme was the Joy of Life, and in this extended version of our normal Song Workshops we had more opportunity to explore this repertoire.

Actor Timothy West with Stephen Varcoe and Christina Lawrie after the marvellosly entertaining ' Wine, Women and Song' programme which began the weekend's music-making. Baby Mairi-Anna is Christina's latest and greatest production, and the weekend's youngest participant - 6 weeks old here

Some of the participants in this year's workshop at Ansells

Please email stephen@varcoe.com for details. Find out more about our Song Workshops.

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Song workshop at Ansells Farm, April 2011: Sing a Song of Springtime

Spring is traditionally when a young man’s fancy does its thing, and naturally enough, a young woman’s as well. Since the majority of songs are about Love, a good number of them are Spring songs too. Bring along your favourites and hear what others have found. Find out more about our Song Workshops.

Please email stephen@varcoe.com for details.

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Song workshop at Ansells Farm, February 2011: Songs to Share

Songs to Share is now fully booked, but we have a waiting list in case of cancellations. Please email stephen@varcoe.com for details. Find out more about our Song Workshops.

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Celebrating Grainger 2011

Stephen will be appearing in The Harmonious Songsmith, a part of the “Celebrating Grainger 2011” series from 17th-20th February 2011 at Kings Place, London.

50 years after his death, the virtuoso pianist and composer Percy Grainger (1882-1961) is emerging as one of the most revolutionary cultural figures of the 20th century. Come and discover the joy of his music and some of its background in more than 120 works – a spectacular four days you will not forget.
Penelope Thwaites, Artistic Director

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Song Workshop at Ansells Farm, Saturday November 27th 2010

Our next song workshop at Ansells Farm has the theme “Comedy & Tragedy – The Two Faces of Drama”. This workshop has been postponed from October 2nd until November 27th due to circumstances beyond our control.

Contact Stephen Varcoe (stephen@varcoe.com) to book a place. Find out more about our Song Workshops.

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Ansells Music Weekend with Stephen & Melinda Varcoe July 2nd – 4th 2010

“… your weekends really are the most perfect experiences”…

A quote from one of the letters we received after this, our second annual festival, voted even better than last year’s by participants and audiences. Once again the weather gods were soothed by the prospect of mellifluous music into behaving impeccably, and the sunshine and warmth enhanced our theme of Travel, Holidays and Adventures. Eight students of singing spent all day Saturday, and Sunday morning, in intensive masterclasses with Stephen and accompanist Susi Morrow; then in the evening everyone relaxed, and members of the public joined us to enjoy picnics in the summery garden before two wonderful concerts, given by distinguished guest musicians.

Friday night’s concert, a complete sell-out, was a wonderful treat. Renowned actress Prunella Scales joined Stephen in a programme entitled ‘Travelling Hopefully’, an anthology of words and music from exotic travellers’ tales to hilarious holiday experiences, with songs to match.

‘Travelling Hopefully’, with Prunella Scales, Stephen Varcoe and accompanist Christina Lawrie

On Saturday, brilliant young husband and wife duo Marcus Barcham-Stevens and Christina Lawrie took us (and their violin and piano) round Europe on a musical adventure, and Stephen joined Marcus as narrator for a performance of Alan Ridout’s delightful ‘Ferdinand the Bull’.

The final concert on Sunday afternoon saw our eight singing-workshop participants presenting a varied programme of songs to an enthusiastic audience, followed by tea and homemade cakes in the garden.

Singing workshop participants and musicians

It’s clear that we’ve started a new Alphamstone tradition, and we’re already planning for next year’s festival, when we hope to equal (or even exceed?) this year’s triumph – dates to be announced later!

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Song Workshop at Ansells Farm, April 2010

We hosted the first Song Workshop of the year on Feb 13th entitled “Love in Adversity”, which was fully subscribed and greatly enjoyed.

The next one is on Apr 24th, exploring songs by composers with significant anniversaries this year – Mahler, Wolf and Barber among others. Contact Stephen (stephen@varcoe.com) to book a place. Find out more about our Song Workshops.

Then ADVANCE NOTICE, a date for the diary! Our Ansells Summer Music weekend this year runs from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon 2nd – 4th July. More details soon, but places for eight singers to work with Stephen towards presenting a short concert before an audience on the Sunday afternoon.

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Song Workshop at Ansells Farm, November 2009

Our forthcoming Song Day, November 28th, entitled ‘The Animal Kingdom’ is already fully subscribed.

However, if anyone is interested, please email stephen@varcoe.com to put your name on our waiting list, and of course, receive notification about future dates.

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Concert: Desert Island Songs

St Peter’s, Sudbury
Sunday, October 25 2009
7.30 pm

Desert Island Songs

an Entertaining Collection
of Personal Favourites
sung by
Stephen Varcoe
with
Christina Lawrie
at the piano

Aided, Abetted and Compèred by
Andrew Phillips

Tickets £10 reserved, £8 unreserved
available from Compact Music, Sudbury,
or, with SAE, from
Roger Green, 62 Friars Street, Sudbury,
CO10 2AG

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Singing Workshop at Ansells, September 2009

Our forthcoming Song Day, September 26th, entitled ‘Sun, Moon & Stars’ is already fully subscribed. However, if anyone is interested, please email stephen@varcoe.com to put your name on our waiting list, and of course, receive notification about future dates.

The next singing workshop will be in November, and details will be posted here as soon as they are available.

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