Songwriting for Voices

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Fri 15Jul
Sun 17Jul

A Songwriting Workshop for Twelve Women

Facilitator: Helen Chadwick

This will be Helen’s fourth songwriting workshop at Hawkwood on creating harmony songs for unaccompanied voices, small groups and choirs. We will create alone and collaborate with others to share what we make with the group, noticing and collating an array of forms and structures as we go. Starting with quick-fire writing and composing activities we will move towards creating whole songs.

Event time: Fri 15th Jul 2022 at 4:00pm - Sun 17th Jul 2022 at 4:00pm

At a Glance

  • A retreat-like experience
  • Learn improvisation and fun techniques to make new work
  • Group and solo activities

What You Will Gain

  • Time to create some solo and harmony songs, and the chance to  sing each other’s songs
  • Access to a new and ongoing songwriting support group
  • Time to focus on your own creativity without distraction
  • Inspiration from others

The atmosphere in Helen’s workshops is supportive, focused and fun. A willingness to play and just go for it without stumbling over too much self criticism is a key element of this course(because editing comes later, after creation)! The group can become an ongoing songwriting circle for those who wish.


Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.

What Is Included

Both residential and non-residential rates are available. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Additional Activities

  • Mindful walking through our woodland trails
  • Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
  • Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
  • Discover surrounding charming market towns

Price Options

£279 Non-Residential
£339 Residential Shared
£379 Residential Single


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Practical Information

Please bring a notebook, something to record yourself on (or even two things).

Arrival and registration on Friday from 4.00 pm with tea. The retreat begins with supper at 6.30 pm and ends with afternoon tea at 4.00 pm on Sunday.
.Please note that prices are listed per person.

Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Helen Chadwick

Helen has co-created, composed and performed song-theatre for the Royal Opera House, Birmingham Rep and the South Bank including Dalston Songs, War Correspondents, and Truth. She has composed site-specific choral works for Salisbury Cathedral, Greenwich and Docklands Festival and the British Museum, songs for the BBC, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the Royal Court, and community operas for English Touring Opera. Helen has also toured solo shows internationally, run several choirs, including founding the Georgian choir Maspindzeli, and recorded many albums of songs.

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