Sing & Play Jazz in the Shropshire Hills

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Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Singing Holidays

A holiday designed to explore and learn about the rise of jazz music from African American communities in the early 20th century. Singers and instrumentalists have the chance to sing and play jazz standards, explore various genres and styles, and perhaps even the chance to open the floodgates of improvisational inspiration!

Holiday Highlights

  • Music sessions every morning, late afternoon and evening
  • Afternoons are free to explore the local area
  • Work towards and informal performance on the final night

What’s included

  • Full-board en-suite accommodation
  • Full programme of tuition from our knowledgeable leader

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Musical experiences are always better when shared. Enjoy creating wonderful music with other like-minded enthusiasts.

Please let us know what voice you sing and/or what instrument you're playing. You can do this when booking online via the special request box, or let our reservations staff know if you book on the phone.

Arrival day

You’re welcome to check-in from 2.30pm (1pm for Best and Better rooms). Please join us for afternoon tea.

During your stay

Mornings

We’ll start playing each morning from 9.30am, and have a nice cup of tea halfway through.

Afternoons

Enjoy lunch together, then you’ve got some free time. There are fantastic walks right on the doorstep and our Discovery Points are ready to make the most out of your stay - there are plenty of maps and a selection of the best tried and tested walking and cycling routes to use, as well as local weather forecasts and public transport options too – plus those all important personal insights on things to spot, places to stop, and things to do along the way. Or you can always get some more rehearsal time in by yourself.

Evenings

There’s more practice before dinner from 5.30pm and again after, so you can spend the evening doing what you love best!

There’s usually an informal concert at the end of the holiday. Why not show off your new repertoire to other guests in the house?

Departure day

Leave (on a high note) after a leisurely breakfast.

Longmynd House

Hidden in plain sight, there’s a well-kept countryside secret in the heart of England that might just surprise you with its wonderful upland walking, trails, history and heritage. Discover the heart of Shropshire from striking Longmynd House, stood on a wooded hillside above Church Stretton, on the border of England and Wales. Wake early to watch the sunrise from your balcony; take a dip in the heated outdoor pool and gear up for a great day in the hills on walks full of rich variety. Stride out on the Long Mynd itself, a dramatic, isolated whaleback hill with an expanse of heather wilderness and deeply cut valleys, explore the Stiperstones and climb to the Iron Age fort on top of Caer Caradoc, or surround yourself with historic castles, market towns and trails of all kinds.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house or in one of 8 brick-built lodges in the grounds. With 54 rooms, Longmynd House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Chose Room 16 for the four poster bed and separate sitting area, with green leafy views or Room 44 with its compact balcony and outdoor eating area overlooking the heather-clad rise on the far side of the valley. The lodges away from the house offer a little more privacy and their own terrace looking out over the gardens.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge, bar, ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the Shropshire Hills, return to the house. Stroll through the extensive grounds and discover the woodland sculpture trail that threads through the trees, looking out for ‘deer’ and ‘bears’. Dip into the heated outdoor pool to swim below the trees. Head to the long lounge with its wall of glass giving on to the view outside, or for a more intimate space, sit at the smart bar with its crouching lions and attractive jug lamps or surrender to the leather sofas around the fireplace and enjoy a local pint of Shropshire Lad or Lass with a lively conversation among your fellow guests.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Longmynd House is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the bright dining room with its wrap around windows hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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Getting to Longmynd House

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What to Bring

Please bring the instrument/s you wish to play, and your own music stand. All sheet music will be provided. The final evening may include an informal concert; if you would like to play something at this, please bring some music for a ‘party piece’. If there's some other music you'd like to cover during the holiday and we have time for it, please bring that also.

Derek Chivers

Derek has been leading for HF since 1998, both in the UK and further afield. He first visited Nepal and India on a Goldsmiths’ Company research Fellowship in 1991, and fell in love with the landscape, culture and people. More visits have followed, taking in not only the landscape, but also cultural and religious events connected with music, Derek’s profession.

Formerly a teacher, Derek now spends his time on examining work, tutoring at Durham University and in the outdoors, leading for HF, helping young people as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, or as member of his local Mountain Rescue team. Derek is particularly looking forward to reacquainting himself with the Buddhist culture of the region and, of course, to some wonderful walking in stunning landscapes.

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Duration:
4 nights
Interests:
Singing Holidays

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