EarthSings 2016 - Singing for Unity and Wellbeing

This programme is not currently scheduled.

For details of registration and programme start time see here.

with main guests Northern Harmony and Corrina Hewat

A Findhorn Foundation Special Event
19–25 March 2016

Our enduring commitment to singing as a path of healing, celebration and union through spirit, coupled with the phenomenal success of our recent EarthSings conferences is the inspiration behind the Findhorn Foundation once again creating a conference where transformation through song becomes possible.

Northern Harmony who will be teaching and performing at Earthsings

This year we are delighted to welcome as our principal guests the 16-strong American choir Northern Harmony led by Larry Gordon, Patty Cuyler and special guest Ketevan Mindorashvili from Sighnaghi Georgia. Transcending the traditional definition of choral music, the group is particularly renowned for its command of varied world ethnic singing styles. Their appearance here will be part of their 17th European tour. Northern Harmony's brilliant young singers will be on hand to help support each vocal part, making their teaching particularly efficient and rewarding.

Also with us for the week is Corrina Hewat, teaching Scots and harmony songs and performing with Shine, a group featuring Gaelic singer Alyth MacCormack and harpist Mary Macmaster

Earthsings2016PosterThe following artists have been provisionally booked for evening concerts and one-off workshops:

  • Zulu Tradition rekindles the spark of Zulu culture and heritage through traditional drama, song and dance
  • James Grant is a singer/songwriter, formerly of Love and Money, known for the sweet sorrow of lost love and lasting hope echoes in 'lyrics good enough to be poetry'

The conference will feature daytime workshops, participatory events and evening concerts (see below for details) and is hosted by Peter Vallance with local song teachers Bill Henderson and Kate O'Connell.

Tiered price (click here for more information): £970 / £720 / £590

Tiered Pricing

Before you book your place, please take a moment to consider that the Findhorn Foundation is a Charitable Trust. We believe that the benefits of holistic learning should be available to everyone regardless of their financial or life situation, and that the transformational journey is enriched by a diversity of participants.

We recognise that what is affordable for some can be a financial stretch for others and offer a tiered pricing structure. When you book, please select the price that feels appropriate for you.

Pay it Forward Price covers the cost of your workshop and includes a contribution to our bursary fund. This will make participation possible for one or more people who otherwise would not be able to join our transformational work in the world.

Sustainable Price covers the cost of your workshop and helps us to sustain our learning and guest facilities.

Supported Price reflects a partial bursary toward the cost of your workshop and is intended for those with minor financial need.

Includes all programme content, 7 nights accommodation with full board and refreshments.

Please note:
We are also offering an option to participate in this event non-residentially for a fixed price of £275, which includes all the sessions and refreshments, but excludes accommodation and meals. To book this option only please click here.

To book the residential option please use the booking link above on the right.

Individual sessions, ongoing workshops and concerts are open to all.
Details and prices below.

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Guest teachers/performers

Corrina Hewat

Corrina Hewat, awarded Music Tutor of the Year 2013 in the Scottish Traditional Music Awards, is a singer, musician, composer, recording artist and Principal Scottish Harp Tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is a founder member of Shine and big band supergroup The Unusual Suspects. She has written 13 large-scale commissions, twice performed in the Royal Albert Hall, whilst also travelling to the USA and Europe performing and teaching. She has over 30 recordings as solo musician, band and session musician. She has also been awarded an Artists Bursary from Creative Scotland to further her work in songs, songwriting and the creation of new music.
Corrina's website.

Corrina Hewat is that most inspiring of musicians, a true professional who has a deep commitment to, and belief in, all the students who travel with her in her magical musical journey of discovery...

Gillean McDougall, Announcer/Director, BBC Scotland

Northern Harmony

Northern Harmony (click on image to view a larger version) has won a worldwide reputation for the their command of widely varied world singing styles and vocal timbres, from rowdy American shape-note songs and ultra bright Balkan tones to dark and sonorous Georgian harmonies, rich and rhythmic South African songs, and ornamented Corsican polyphony. The current ensemble is led by Larry Gordon, Patty Cuyler and special guest Ketevan Mindorashvili, director of the Zedashe Ensemble from Kakheti, Georgia. The concert programme includes a variety of Georgian songs from different regions; Corsican paghjella and sacred songs; South African songs and dances; contemporary American shape-note songs; and a group of settings of Psalm 42 - As pants the heart - including German settings by Heinrich Schütz and Hugo Distler, and American versions by William Billings and Timothy Swan.
Northern Harmony's website.

Larry Gordon

Larry Gordon has been leading choirs since he founded a madrigal group in 1962 while still in high school in Portland, Oregon. Since 1971 he has lived in central Vermont where he has become a kind of Johnny Appleseed of community music making; he has been active as a conductor, teacher, publisher, folk dance leader and community organiser. He founded Village Harmony in 1999, an organisation which sponsors an extensive programme of travelling singing camps for teens and adults, in New England and many foreign countries. He has helped lead regular Village Harmony study and performance tours in South Africa, Georgia, Bulgaria, and Macedonia.
Northern Harmony's website.

Patty Cuyler

Patty Cuyler, currently living in Chicago, IL, is an energetic, dynamic workshop leader and choral director and is internationally renowned for her expertise in teaching Corsican, Georgian and South African music. She has been co-director of Village Harmony since 1995. She also co-leads the community world music choir Boston Harmony as well as the Brooklyn World Music Chorus and the Chicago World Music Chorus. Patty has edited and published: two volumes of traditional South African choral music for SATB Choir; the teaching DVD/songbook series, The Folk Rhythm; as well as two books/CDs of Georgian folk songs for three-part choir. She has also collaborated with Mollie Stone and the Chicago Children's Choir on four volumes of teaching DVD publications for childrens' and mixed choirs: two volumes of South African songs/dances, a volume of Bulgarian songs and one of Georgian songs and round dances.

Ketevan Mindorashvili

Ketevan Mindorashvili, director of the Zedashe ensemble based in Sighnaghi in eastern Georgia, was raised in a traditional singing family. She is well established as an expert singer and teacher of Georgian folk music, particularly the fluid ornamentation of eastern folk songs. She has a deep knowledge of church chant, and is a master of the panduri, a three stringed lute from the region. Ketevan is also a solo dancer in the Jleha dance troop.

Zulu Tradition

Zulu Tradition, (click on image to view a larger version) from KwaZulu Natal, in South Africa, rekindles the spark of Zulu culture and heritage through traditional drama, song and dance, all performed in traditional costume. In the workshop you will learn traditional Zulu songs and techniques that are essential in African vocal music.
Zulu Tradition's website.

I saw Zulu Tradition last night at Chinley, it was a packed house and they were fantastic! So brilliantly musical and rhythmic, electric personalities and very inspirational, everyone loved them.

Lynne Knowling


Shine, (click on image to view a larger version) originally formed in 1998, combines Corrina, Mary and Alyth's distinctive voices with two electro-harps, and now in 2015 they continue to lead the field with hauntingly timeless yet arrestingly modern arrangements of traditional, contemporary and original material.
Shine's website.

Shine shone vocally, their twin electro harps used effectively but minimally in a set that entwined the voices in brave, original arrangements of songs from centuries-old Burns to recent Michael Marra.

Norman Chalmers, The List

James Grant

James Grant always wanted to be Jimmy Page. But as the young wannabe guitar hero grew up, he was also blessed with velvet vocal chords. And so was shaped the destiny of one the great songwriters of recent decades. James has just released his fifth solo album, the eclectic Strange Flowers. Al Green-inflected soul rubs shoulders with radio-friendly rock; big Bond-style ballads battle it out with contemporary folk classics. As a young singer/songwriter/instrumentalist, he first came to international attention in a band called Love and Money. Signed to Phonogram at just 18 years old, James wrote four classic albums for the band, including the astonishingly mature Strange Kind of Love.
James' website.

Peter Vallance

Peter Vallance is your host for the EarthSings Festival. He has lived in the community for 25 years where he is a storyteller, dance workshop leader and Artistic Director of the Universal Hall.
Peter's website.

The following community artists will all be contributing in different ways to the EarthSings Festival.

Kate O’Connell

Kate O’Connell has been a song and voice facilitator for over 25 years. She draws inspiration from the Scottish landscape and culture and likes to share the joy of singing with others.
Kate's website.

Bill Henderson

Bill Henderson has been leading community music groups for 20 years. He uses music to create community, foster harmony and stimulate self-discovery.
Bill's website.