THE VENUE: Brathay Hall is an elegant, 18th century Georgian country house, set in 360 acres of mature woodland and rolling pasture at the head of lake Windermere. It is owned by the Brathay Trust, which aims to improve the life chances of children, young people and families by inspiring them to engage positively in their communities. Brathay Hall offers a variety of en-suite bedroom accommodation in several buildings. We shall be singing in the theatre, 3-4 minutes’ walk from the main building and, in the evenings, we shall be able to relax in the comfortable lounge area, with a bar. The food at Brathay Hall is home-cooked and, where possible, locally sourced, and our meals will be served in the dining room, which faces the northern end of lake Windermere. There’s plenty to do in the free time, including an easy path to the shore of the lake (where you can enjoy a bracing dip!), walks in the hills and fells or a stroll into Ambleside with its great selection of shops, restaurants and traditional pubs. Special Diets: The venues we use work very hard to accommodate the dietary requirements of each participant. Please be aware that there is a significant amount of extra work and cost involved in providing different meals for different participants on a course so, if it is not something you stick to rigidly please think carefully before asking for it. Bedrooms and Accessibility: Click here for information about the different types of rooms, including accessibility and staying extra nights. If there is anything else you need, to help you participate fully in the weekend, let me know in plenty of time. Location: Brathay Hall is just outside Ambleside (15 – 20 minutes’ walk). 30 minute drive from the M6. Nearest railway stations: Windermere (5.5 miles), Oxenholme (17 miles).
THE SINGING: This long weekend is all about singing… for the pure joy of it! We shall be exploring a great mix of songs and styles, from golden oldies and international favourites to original songs, all chosen to inspire people of different abilities and tastes. Some of the songs will be short and simple, some will offer a challenge to those who want it, but all of the songs are chosen with the aim of having a right good sing.
THE TIMETABLE: You’ll be sent a full timetable before the event, but in brief: the long weekend starts at around 6pm on Thursday evening, with a sing before dinner and finishes around 3.30pm on Sunday afternoon, with a sing after lunch. In between, there will be more singing, more food and some free time, when you can relax, explore the local area, socialise, or even carry on singing with other participants. The Lovenotes (4-person acapella group that Faith sings with) are, once again, hoping to offer an informal concert on the Friday evening! Tickets for the concert only will be available nearer the time.