Sea Shanty Workshop

We are running a sea shanty workshop with London Sea Shanty Collective on Saturday 23rd November as part of our fundraising for Time and Tide. We already have just enough people signed up to break even, so every person who joins us from now on is grist to the funding mill.

SEA SHANTY WORKSHOP Spend the afternoon learning approx 5 Sea Shanties in 3 or 4 part harmony in SE London

Spend the afternoon learning approx 5 Sea Shanties in 3 or 4 part harmony in celebration of this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival, Time and Tide.

The workshop will be run by a small group of London Sea Shanty Collective members, led by Chip Wilson.

SATURDAY 23rd November 2019 12:45- 17:15

ST HILDA’S CHURCH HALL, COURTRAI ROAD SE23 1NL

Find out about London Sea Shanty Collective here

Bus routes 122, P4, 171, 172 stop on the corner. Train to Crofton Park or Honor Oak Park 10 minute walk.

Street parking immediately outside. Wheelchair accessible venue – WC is a bit tight on space so might not suit someone using a large chair.

INCLUDES REFRESHMENTS all dietary issues catered for.

Advanced booking required

 

You can buy tickets here, or buy them through our crowdfund before 31st October (no difference in price unless you want to donate more) but if you go through the crowdfund, it will help it hit its all-or-nothing target!

Heave away, haul away…we’re bound for (Greenwich, Maryport, Hastings, Holyhead, Peterport, Clydebank and Lisbon!)

Kickstarting Solstice Shorts 2019

It’s the time of year when we fundraise for Solstice Shorts Festival. This year our theme is Time and Tide.

Fortunately, although it is a lot of work for us, it is fun for YOU.

Come and Sing!

London Sea Shanty Collective, who will be performing at the Greenwich session of Time and Tide, are running a sea shanty workshop for us on Saturday 23rd December at our usual singing workshop spot, St Hilda’s Church Hall, in Crofton Park. No experience necessary! If you are coming to the festival there might be an opportunity to join in! Lots more details here

And there’s a Kickstarter campaign, with lots of daft rewards, and some at least notionally useful. For example, get a copy of the special limited edition anthology of poems and stories, which will not be available to the general public, they will get their own version (just as lovely, but different) in March. lots more info here

We’ll be hilighting other extraordinary rewards over the coming weeks. It’s all or nothing funding, and counts towards match funding, without which we will not get funding from the Arts Council. A bit of a dominoes situation…

 

 

 

 

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

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.