Village Harmony

Northern Harmony Weekend at Magdalen Farm – Fri-Sun, March 22-24, 2019

Date: March 22-24, 2019
Venue: Magdalen Farm
Leaders: Larry Gordon, Heidi Wilson, Jeremy Carter-Gordon, Northern Harmony Singers
Price: £200-£125

A wonderful UK weekend of inspiring world music and dance at beautiful Magdalen Farm in Somerset, UK.

The workshop, led by Northern Harmony director Larry Gordon and the brilliant young singers of Northern Harmony, comes in the middle of Northern Harmony’s spring 2019 UK tour.

We’ll sing both as a big group and in smaller classes from the wide range of world music traditions for which Village Harmony is famed—songs from the American shape-note and gospel traditions, music from world polyphonic traditions, and dance-songs from South Africa.  With Northern Harmony singers supporting each vocal part, the teaching and learning is particularly efficient and gratifying.

As in previous years, the weekend includes a full concert by Northern Harmony in nearby Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall

Shared accommodations at Magdalen Farm are comfortable and spacious, meals are convivial, and the food is excellent.  There are a few double rooms (first come first served), for those desiring more privacy, and there are shared rooms with three or four persons.  Those desiring more privacy can choose the commuter price and book B&B accommodations locally.

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Leaders

Larry Gordon

Village Harmony founder and director LARRY GORDON has been making community music in Vermont since the early 1970s. He founded Village Harmony in 1989, and his patient and relaxed, yet demanding, teaching style and his collaborative approach have shaped the welcoming atmosphere of the Village Harmony community since the beginning. Though his first love was medieval and renaissance music, he is a vital figure in New England shape-note singing, and he is the music editor of the popular Northern Harmony shape-note songbook. Larry is an inspired organizer with an unerring eye for good repertoire and a unique knack of pulling together interesting combinations of singers and letting them shine.  Larry has led Onion River Chorus in Montpelier since the late 1970s, and is well known across the US and internationally for leading stunning periodic ad hoc incarnations of Northern Harmony, a semi-professional tour group made up largely of veteran Village Harmony singers.  Recently he has been devoting increasing time to teaching Balkan folk dancing.

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Heidi Wilson

Village HarmonyHEIDI WILSON is a singer-songwriter with a passion for sharing songs inspired by and in service to community and the wild world.  She has been leading a cappella singing groups for the last twelve years with the aim of uplifting courage, beauty, and connection.  Heidi currently leads singing at the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture, the Plainfield Community Sing, seasonal Interfaith Sacred Sings, and with the Central Vermont Solidarity Singers. 

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Jeremy Carter-Gordon

Village Harmony alumnus Jeremy Carter-Gordon is a teacher, performer and scholar of traditional music and dance. After studying ethno-choreology at Bard University, Jeremy spent 2011-2012 studying sword dancing in Europe on a Watson Fellowship.

Jeremy completed the his MA in the Choreomundus Program in 2015, holding an advanced degree in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage. He teaches traditional dance and harmony singing at folk camps around New England, and tours with the Windborne Singers (a Village Harmony alumni ensemble) and is part of the vocal duo, Far Distant Shore. Jeremy also plays the banjo when on tour.

This will be Jeremy’s second year teaching at Village Harmony’s teen residential camp.

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Northern Harmony Singers

Northern Harmony 2008Northern Harmony’s brilliant young singers always share in the teaching at workshops.   Many of them have participated in Village Harmony and Northern Harmony tours since their young teens, and many have studied traditional vocal styles first hand in Georgia, South Africa, Corsica and the Balkans.  Their strong voices supporting each vocal part makes the teaching and learning particularly efficient and gratifying for all.

Venue

Magdalen Farm

Set in the beautiful Somerset countryside along the River Axe, Magdalen Farm is a residential center converted from old stone farm buildings around a landscaped courtyard.  There are 14 bedrooms with 2 to six beds in each, with shared bathrooms.  The center is at the heart of a working farm and visitors are welcome to wander through the kitchen gardens and visit the farm animals.

Winsham, Maudlin
Chard, Somerset TA20 4PA
http://magdalenfarm.org.uk/

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