• ‘Creative voice’, song, improvisation, poetry

    Directed by David Goldsworthy & Beñat Achiary*

    Dates:03.03.2020 - 08.03.2020
    Hours:33 h
    Price:495 €
    Participants:14 max – 10 min
    Level:Open to all
    Workshop Code:G0303CV
    For administrative and accounting purposes, please include this workshop code and the name of the student when making payments and in all other correspondence.

10:00 -11:00: Preparatory work – breath, body, voice, rhythm, improvisation
11:15 -13:00 : Individual work and work in 2 groups
1) Vocal training with David : 2) Work on texts, songs and improvisations with Beñat
Lunch break: 13:00 -15:00
15:00 – 15:45: Group singing (traditional and polyphonic songs)
16:00 -17:30: Laboratory towards the interpretation of songs and texts, and improvisation

Saturday evening: concert given by Beñat Achiary with student participation.
Beñat Achiary*(Guest teacher) – singer, poet and improviser with an international reputation
information: www.musicme.com/Benat-Achiary/

Workshop finishes at 13:00 on Sunday 8 March

Level required: The workshop is open to anyone with some basic vocal experience, (song, improvisation etc. but without any need to be an experienced singer or musician).
The approach requires above all for participants to be open – to others, to themselves and to the spirit of creative research.

About the workshop: Beñat and David’s complementary style of teaching will help to expand your voice beyond its habitual limits. By mastering breath and vocal registers, you will discover a wider range of colours, expressions, emotions and find new freedom for the creative and personal interpretation of songs, texts, and vocal improvisation.

Precise training and exercises to

  • develop breath and extend vocal registers
  • work on singing technique
  • work on vocal dynamic, musicality, rhythm, colour, expression, fluidity
  • interpretation of songs and texts
  • improvisation
  • learn some traditional and polyphonic songs

Bring some personal working material (song, poem, text) and strong shoes. If the weather permits, the work will be taken out in the beautiful Cevenol hills! Musicians are welcome to bring their instruments.

For more information, please contact David Goldsworthy (rf.oodanaw@yhtrowsdlogd)


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Students are lodged in simple but comfortable shared rooms (called gîtes) with two, three or four beds with bathrooms (showers) and two equipped kitchens. Sheets and blankets are provided.

Please fill in the accompanying enrollment form and include a cheque for 30 euros as a deposit.

You find pictures of the accommodation under this link

Price: 22 euros per night, 27 euros (if heating is needed)

Please note:
1) we do not make or take reservations for participants lodging outside the Centre,
2) we do not have single, private rooms.

For residencies and longer stays it may be possible to rent appartments in the Château – these too also get booked early for the summer.
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For administrative and accounting purposes, please include the workshop code and the name of the student when making payments and in all other correspondence.

  • Please send the enrolment form with a deposit of 120 euros for the workshop plus the total for accommodation, if you have booked a place in a gîte at Malérargues.
  • Bookings will be taken into account only when full payment has been received.
  • The prices shown for the workshops, unless otherwise noted, are for the courses only: food is not provided unless also specified.
  • The deadline for withdrawing from a workshop is one month before the start date of a course or workshop. We regret that no re-imbursments of deposits can be made after this date. Prior to this date, the deposit will be re-imbursed less 30 euros for administrative costs.
  • The Centre reserves the right to cancel a workshop if there are not enough participants. In this case the deposit will be fully re-funded.
  • If you are reserving by the e-mail form below, please be sure to send your deposit on the same day as you send the form. We will temporarily hold you a place for four days.
  • The CAIRH being an association, all workshop participants must be members. The membership fee is €20 per year.


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