Brendan Taaffe

Talented composer, inspirational teacher.

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Monday 25th March, 2019 – 8pm to 9.45pm

St Mark’s Church,

Oliver’s Battery Road South,
SO22 4EU

Cost: £12.50 full/£10 low income.

Join acclaimed American songleader and composer Brendan Taaffe in Winchester for a vibrant evening of singing.  Brendan teaches a variety of music: American bluegrass, gospel, Appalachian ballads, shape note, songs learned during travels in Africa, and his own wonderful compositions and arrangements.  Brendan will give you the chance to sing songs with compelling rhythms and evocative harmonies that come from community-based traditions that draw people together around the world.

He has led vocal workshops in many different countries, and is the founder of Turtle Dove, an organisation which runs singing camps and vocal workshops in America.

Brendan is an experienced, adaptable and knowledgeable leader: good humoured, patient, and with bags of energy!

All parts will be taught by ear and no experience is necessary. This workshop is open to all.



Chris Rowbury


55 places available – booking opens in July.

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Saturday 9th November 2019, 10am-4pm

Hursley Parish Hall
Main Road
SO21 2JW

Cost: £25 (Full price) and £20 (Low income).

Chris is back in Hursley for the seventh year running, this time with songs from Africa.

This singing day is open to anyone — no experience is necessary and all songs will be taught by ear.

Chris is a highly experienced and charismatic workshop leader, with an easy-to-follow style of teaching and a great sense of humour, that means the hall is sure to be full of both glorious harmony singing and laughter!

Bookings by PayPal (below), cheques, cash or direct bank transfer.  Please email for more information.

Terms and Conditions


If you book on a one day or half day or other shorter singing workshop organised by me (Jac Gehring), payment can be made right up to the start of the workshop by paypal, cheque or cash if there are still places available.


All bookings are transferable – i.e. you are welcome to find someone to fill your place without any additional cost.

  • If you give more than ONE month’s notice, I will refund all that you have paid.
  • If you cancel less than ONE month before the workshop, I reserve the right to keep the full amount.


If the workshop is cancelled for any reason, I will refund all that you have paid.