In June 2017, we held our second singing week at La Maison Verte, a converted wine-maker’s mansion in Roujan, a village in the Languedoc region in the South of France. The singing was led by Jane Harris, Director of Songways, and Brendan Taaffe, composer, workshop leader and multi-instrumentalist from Vermont, US, and the week was co-ordinated by Julia Williams.
It was a fabulous singing week with forty singers from the UK, the US and Canada. Both tutors taught a rich variety of songs, including beautiful new compositions. We enjoyed exceptional food every day, informal music making in the evenings, a wonderful visit from Occitan vocal group, La Mal Coiffee, a visit to a nearby Chateau to sing, as well as much sunshine, swimming, boules, table-tennis, friendship, fun and laughter.
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Here’s what singers had to say:
One of the best weeks of our lives
An inspirational week… absolutely wonderful
You have exceeded my lofty expectations… food for the soul
La Maison Verte is a beautiful 19th century wine-maker’s mansion in the village of Roujan, not far from Béziers. We will have sole use, including the delightful garden and pool. More about La Maison Verte here…
The main house retains all the character of its heyday as the chief mansion of the village. Chandeliers, tiled floors, and wood-burning stoves abound. There is accommodation for 19 people in quirky and comfortable bedrooms, and a large sitting room. There are also two apartments within the courtyard, each of which sleeps 4 in twin or double rooms. Both apartments have spacious living rooms. More about the accommodation. We also had 11 people staying in additional accommodation nearby.
Jane Harris is a natural musician, an experienced choir leader and Director of Songways. With her lively, clear and enabling teaching style, Jane brings out the best in singers’ voices, with open, resonant, heart-felt singing.
A brilliant teacher – always patient, positive and encouraging – with a great choice of songs
Brendan Taaffe is a composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist living in Vermont, USA, and the founder of Turtle Dove. He has toured with Northern Harmony, and led vocal workshops in Ireland, Bulgaria, England, Scotland, Germany, Holland, Zimbabwe, and the USA.
Brendan was excellent, not only in teaching the songs, but also imparting his knowledge of vocal technique and giving us the historical and cultural backgrounds