Singing at Sea

10 – 17th Aug

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This week will be led by musician and singing leader Rose Martin. In our trip from Stornoway to Ullapool, we will be exploring singing at sea, as we reach some of the far North Western parts of our isles. We’ll be delving into all the ways that singing can bring us together, something that has always been important to sailors and island dwellers. Whilst choral singing in the UK is very popular, informal singing and sharing these days is a rarer thing. Where better to explore this than as a sailing crew in some of the most remote and beautiful parts of a very musical nation?

Each day will bring us a few songs to learn together, be it sailing songs and shanties, drinking songs, story-telling songs, songs of farewell… We’ll learn some music from the places we visit and we’ll also use our week to think about why singing is so important at sea. Perhaps our crossing of the Minch (the longest crossing of the Sail Britain season) will give us some insight as to how song can keep our spirits up, and warm us from the inside out! Depending on where we stop we may explore local music-making, and we shan’t rule out a sharing of our songs in the pub once our journey is through!

No specific singing experience is needed, everything will be taught by ear, with no rush, and as Rose is an experienced vocal teacher there will be ample opportunity to explore singing tips and technique to whatever level the crew desires! We guarantee a joyful sound will be made every day.

The trip fee of £695 covers the cost of the boat, crew, all equipment and training you’ll need onboard, as well as food, fuel and gas for the week. Not included is your travel to and from the start/end points of the voyage and any expenses ashore, although these tend to very limited out in the wilds!

Please see this page for hints and tips about funding your trip if applicable.