Choral Tradition

Winter Workshops

Date and prices TBA

The New Essex Harmony

New Songs in Old Traditions

A workshop devoted to exploring Mick's collection of 50 shape note/west gallery style songs, composed over a 15-year period and pulished in February 2011. The workshop takes place at Harwich Town Sailing Club and includes a light lunch at the New Bell Inn (just around the corner). Loaner copies of The New Essex Harmony will be available on the day.


For further details and a booking form email 

[email protected]

Dates and prices TBA

Jumping on the Bandwagon!

New and old tunes for sessions and performances

A series of workshops for musicians focussing on the skills required for playing in pub sessions - learning tunes, developing accompaniments and arrangements, and also taking a look at how to join in with songs. It is not necessary to attend all three workshops but they are intended to run as a series in terms of repertoire and learning outcomes.

Workshop 1 - Learning Tunes: Lines, Dots and Playing by Ear

Workshop 2 - Making Music: Melody, Harmony, Accompaniment

Workshop 3 - Sets and Arrangements: Putting It All Together


For further details and a booking form email 

[email protected]

Previous workshops have explored various topics including:

The West Gallery and Shape Note Traditions - An Introduction

West Gallery Carols

Plain Tunes and Fuging Tunes - Reforming "The Old Way of Singing"

West Gallery and Shape Note Anthems

Renewal - New Compositions in the West Gallery and Shape Note Traditions

Arise and Hail - More West Gallery and Shape Note Carols


For further details about any 

of the above, or to discuss 

your tailored workshop 

requirements, call

Mick Verrier on

07812 522937