FiddleSinging Retreat 2023

13-15 January 2023

Tanner’s Hatch YHA,

Dorking, Surrey

Tuck yourself away in the woods for a joyful weekend of laughter and music as we explore singing and playing at the same time!  

Please Note! This cosy venue is a 15-20 minute walk through the woods from the car park or 2 miles across fields & footpaths to the station.

No need to worry what your voice sounds like, or whether you’re a good enough fiddler! This is a weekend for everyone who loves to sing and wants to accompany themselves on fiddle.

The voice and the sound of the fiddle are so close, and can together to create delicious harmony: like sisters singing, the sound greater than the sum of the parts.

In addition to demystifying the mayhem of two difficult things at once, we we also look at finding and adapting repertoire, how to build accompaniment styles.

I have a straightforward method for accessing the form, so don’t worry if you’ve never tried it before, a willingness to get stuck in is all you need!

The weekend is aimed at fiddle players, with other instruments welcome. It’s restricted to women’s voices to reduce some variables around where to comfortably pitch songs for everyone, please get in touch if this is the weekend for you and you don’t quite fit the description!

All meals and dormitory accommodation included.

Plus optional walks, tutors concert & chill out time!

Practical Details


All meals from Friday tea through to Sunday lunch are provided. We will cook as a group, which is an important part of the retreat experience! Everyone is expected to participate in either preparing or washing up one meal.

Hot drinks, cold drinks, fruit and snacks available anytime!

Food will be vegetarian and basic but wholesome and tasty, and we’re able to cater for most allergies, etc.

Feel free to discuss any concerns before or after booking.


Tanner’s Hatch is a picturesque, eco-friendly hostel, a 2-storey cottage located in the Polesden Lacey National Trust estate.

There are 2 bunkrooms sleeping 4 or 5 each, plus a double room for an extra £35 (first come, first served!).

The showers and toilets are in a separate block just outside the cottage.

If you would prefer to stay at a local B&B please do! However, please note that the retreat price remains the same as the total number of students we can accommodate in class is fixed.


Tanner’s Hatch hostel is near Dorking, Surrey. The postcode is RH5 6BE, which you will see is 3/4 mile from the nearest road!

It’s a (delightful) 20 min walk through the woods to the hostel, on a fairly rough track. Please bring a torch and appropriate footwear.

Nearest Stations: Boxhilll and Westhumble Station, Dorking Stations.


* We offer concessions in order to make this event as accessible as possible. The concession price is intended for people on low income for whatever reason – low pension, student loans, or un/low-waged. Please use your discretion! We don’t want to exclude anyone from the retreat, but equally would ask you to pay the full price if you are able to.

** The remainder of the payment must be paid by BACS or by cheque one month before event date. If the payment is late, the deposit and the reserved place could be lost. If you are having any problems with the final payment and would like to discuss please get in touch.


£185 for the full weekend  including all meals and dormitory accommodation

£220 for the full weekend  including all meals and sole occupancy room

£150 Concessions* 

– Please see further information for details of our concessions policy.

– If this is still to much please get in touch. I’m willing to trade some help for part payment!

£50 deposit** now to reserve your place, with full payment due one month prior to the event.