Val Regan singing workshop 25th November

Somewhere in my haste and enthusiasm I left off a vital bit of information about this workshop – because it is what we always do I somehow thought it was obvious, but it is’t!

It is a capella, 3-4 part harmony, not individual singing. Thanks for the question, Chris.

Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary taught by ear.

Out Aloud Choir under the direction of Val Reagan

We could really do with a few more people to make this a viable event, so please pass the word on to singing friends.

It will happen anyway but at the moment we will make a loss on it, and it was supposed to be raising funds for Solstice Shorts Festival!

More info HERE

Tickets HERE

Dusk, an update – singing and the fringe!

An exciting ( and frustrating) thing that is happening is that people who hadn’t noticed  until recently what we are up to, have been in touch saying ‘we’d love to get involved and have something in our area’ (Saltburn and Folkstone so far) and we just CAN’T raise enough money for them as well in the time. So we are suggesting they do their own thing and we will support them by including their events in our marketing, but nothing more. Wouldn’t it be great though, if we could raise more, and include them properly?

We may have hit our crowd fund target but we aren’t resting on our laurels, there are 10 days to go yet, and plenty of rewards…

We are going to continue adding rewards to tempt people to join in, the more money we raise the more we can pay the writers, who really don’t do well out of live events despite the fact the events can’t happen without their writing. I’ve had a look at the Writers Guild guidelines and we are now aiming at a minimum royalty for performance of £60. I don’t think we’ll get there but we can try.

Most recent reward added is the singing workshop with Val Regan on 25th November in SE London. Obviously every ticket sold for this will support Dusk, as all the profit we make on it will go towards funding the festival, so really, adding it as a reward is just a way of publicising it. You can get your ticket here, and if you want to buy one at a more supportive price go to our crowd fund where you can pay much more than the ticket price, if you feel inclined to do so

 

Val Regan singing workshop

Out Aloud Choir under the direction of Val Reagan (photo Nelly Naylor)

25th November 12:45-17:15 St Hilda’s Church Hall, Courtrai Road, Crofton Park SE23 1NL
In preparation for our planned women’s vote centenary celebrations we’ve invited renowned chorus leader and song writer Val Regan down from Sheffield to run a singing workshop. Come and learn a mix of songs about women by Val and others.

Val has worked as a community musician since 1993. She leads choirs and singing workshops around the U.K. and Europe, plus a host of music-making, composition and theatre projects. She writes songs for community choirs, is published by Oxford University Press and firmly believes there is no such thing as a wrong note.

Come and spend an afternoon learning some great songs. The workshop will feature a new original song, Nasty, for feminists of all genders and none, plus an Icelandic gem and a traditional Sheffield carol.

a capella, 3-4 part harmony, not individual singing.

Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary taught by ear.

£25 includes refreshments, and access to recordings after the event.

advance booking essential! Book here now

Any profit we make from this workshop (after paying Val, and the hall hire) goes towards the running of this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival.

CroftMass on Saturday

If you are coming to our Singing workshop with Lester Simpson, (there are 8 places left by the way!) it would be worth dropping round the corner to CroftFest’s CroftMass on your way. It starts at 12 and there are food stalls and markets and Santa’s Grotto (If you don’t feel too old for that!). So just nice time to grab your lunch from the ‘famous vegetarian food stall’ at Jays, or get your face painted at the Estate Agents!

Lots more info on facebook

Lester Simpson folk song workshop THIS SATURDAY

Just had a phone conversation with Lester, about which songs he is planning to teach us on Saturday: It Rains it Hails, a New Year carol, a Wassail (Bodmin), a newly written song to a traditional Flemish tune, a round, and (yet another) version of While Shepherds… I don’t think we’ll get through all those!

There are some spaces left for this, the kick-off event for this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival if anyone is dithering, but PLEASE book in advance, so we know how much cake to get!

12:45-5:15 Saturday 26th Nov  St Hilda’s church hall, Courtrai Road SE23 1NL.

here’s a recording from last year’s workshop to get you in the mood.

 

Lester Simpson Winter Folk Song Workshop for Solstice Shorts

You can now book for Lester Simpson’s Folk Song Workshop on 26th November – our Solstice ‘Advent’ event! 12.45-5.15 pm, £25lester1sml.
Come and learn around 5 acapella songs in 3 or 4 part harmony, from Lester Simpson an international recording artist, and member of the renowned Coope Boyes & Simpson, who also runs community choirs. Informal but intense, lots of tea and biscuits. Access to sound files after the event. St Hilda’s Church Hall, Courtrai Road, Crofton Park SE23 1NL

Advance booking essential!

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Get in the mood for Solstice Shorts – join in – winter folksong workshop

LESTER SIMPSON FOLK SONG WORKSHOP

SECULAR WINTER SONGS

LEARN AROUND 5 SONGS

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SATURDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2015

12:45- 17:15

ST HILDA’S CHURCH HALL

COURTRAI ROAD SE23 1NL

bus routes 122, P4, 171, 172 stop on the corner.

train to Crofton Park or Honor Oak Park 10 minute walk.

advanced booking required

Book Here

£25

INCLUDES REFRESHMENTS

all abilities welcome.

 

Submission Call Out Longest Night, and Liberty Reprised

What do we do for the next Solstice Shorts?  has been a question echoing about Arachne Towers for a while.

This year the solstice (and therefore Short Story Day) doesn’t coincide with the weekend (in fact we’ll have to wait until 2019), so the thinking currently is that we stick with the 21st (a Monday) and do an evening event, which will inevitably be much shorter than last year’s sunrise to sunset juggernaut. So we are taking as our theme The Longest Night.

We don’t know where we will hold the event yet, but we are thinking of starting at twilight (one minute to six) and going on until the venue throws us out. If you can think of a great venue (preferably free or cheap) please make suggestions.

Everything that follows is dependent on funding. If we don’t get any we can’t do it; if we get some, it will be a very small event, if we get sensible amounts it will be as gorgeous as we can manage and there will be a subsequent anthology.

MUSIC

We want to include music again and are looking for proposals from bands/ singers. (GET IN TOUCH IF THIS IS YOU!)

If you’d like to learn some potentially suitable songs, we are running a workshop of Secular Winter Songs with Lester Simpson of Coope Boyes & Simpson on 28th November in Crofton Park SE4, More details later but get on the mailing list here.

STORIES

Of course there will be stories, which is where the call out comes in. This theme rather lends itself to gloom, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We’d like some joyful long nights please! If you are going to serve us up something dark please feel free to wallow in it, but we don’t want to be too depressed, and remember that while we quite like creepy and ghostly Arachne WILL NOT PUBLISH (or PERFORM) HORROR, EROTICA OR ANYTHING REMOTELY APPROACHING TORTURE SCENES or GORE, and we HATE ZOMBIES.

Don’t look on that as a challenge, we mean it. Your emails will never be opened again if you send us anything of this kind.

This year we will accept poems as well, provided they are narrative, to keep in with the short story day focus.

So we are looking for:

ON THEME short story or poem, no more than 2000 words. Anyone can send us their work, provided it is their own, unpublished and in English.

(By unpublished we mean that it has not appeared in print, and if it is online anywhere it WILL be taken down at the point you submit, and that you own the copyright. If you have licensed your copyright to another publisher, in print or online we can’t consider your work.)

Submit via our Submittable account please, so that we don’t lose your work.

DEADLINE 21st October 2015 23:59

 

We have also re-opened our Liberty Tales call out, as we like the idea too much not to do a book – funding permitting.