Past singing workshops

  • Bee Gees singing workshop: 1st December 2012 at SoundWorks in Bristol with Elaine Wilson & Carrie Freeman
  • Beatles singing workshop: 17th August 2011 at the SouthBank Club in Bristol with Elaine Wilson & Joe Blench
  • Michael Jackson singing workshop: 8th May 2011 at SoundWorks in Bristol with Elaine Wilson & Joe Blench
  • Queen singing workshop: 14th August 2010 at SoundWorks in Bristol with Elaine Wilson & Joe Blench

Past singing holidays

Barefoot to Bohemia in Summer 2010, 2012 & 2013


Barefoot to Bohemia singing holidays were in the beautiful town of Litomysl in the Czech Republic.

With a combination of teachers including:

Chris Samuel, Dee Jarlett, Ali Orbaum, Nick Petts, Fran Bolton & Elaine Wilson




Sing Your Socks Off by Lake Garda October 2008


We stayed in an ancient abbey, eating fresh and simple food, much of it grown in the walled gardens. We sang every morning and some evenings, walked down to the lake for swimming, enjoyed optional extra dancing, taize singing and writing workshops, lazed around reading and sketching in the beautiful gardens, made our own entertainment with performances and party games and relaxed in the Trattoria just outside the walls of the abbey.

We had a day out in Gardone, travelling there along the beautiful Lake Garda by boat. We explored the town and ate in a restaurant.

We shared the songs we had learnt during the week at a small performance in a hotel in Desenzano

With teachers Dee Jarlett, Ali Orbaum, Chris Samuel, Fran Bolton, Elaine Wilson and adminstrator Ilse Hambrook.



Sing Your Socks Off in Innsbruck 2006 & 2007


Our first singing holiday as a team was in 2006 in Innsbruck with 35 people in a youth hostel on the edge of town.

In 2007, we stayed in the newly refurbished convent Haus Marillac which was spotlessly clean, really comfortable and we had the whole place to ourselves. It was very central and the workshop rooms were spacious and light. We had such fun that two of the participants decided to help find somewhere new to go to the following year (Lake Garda).



Singing Holidays for the Holiday Property Bond

We have run singing holidays for Holiday Property Bond in January 2007 and 2008 at St Simeon in France and March 2008 and 2009 at Henllys on Anglesey, North Wales and also at Tigh Mor in the Trossachs last November. We will be doing more of this thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding work and these may be open to people who have attended previous singing holidays with us. HPB bondholders... watch this space. To see a little souvenir film from our recent holiday in Scotland, check out

Other past events

Barefooters & Friends: singing workshop & gig 2009

At the workshop 65 people enjoyed learning to sing Autumn Leaves arranged by Gitika Partington and My Guy arranged by Elaine Wilson. The participants sang these songs at the evening concert which was opened by some hilarious poetry from John Christopher Wood, followed by stunning guitar solo from Kit Hawes and a gripping short story about a mermaid in Asda by Charlotte Beedell. The Barefooters performed a tight 40 minute set with a variety of humour, old time and modern songs to a happy audience. These events will be few and far between, so watch out for the next one!

Sing For Water West 2006, 2007, 2008 & the Big Sing 2009


The Big Sing (Sing For Water West 2009) raised over £22,000 for Water Aid, a charity which sets up sustainable clean water projects in developing countries. In 2008, £10,000 was raised. The donations will  contribute to the provision of clean water and sanitation in parts of Malawi and Ghana in Africa

The main event took place in the Amphitheatre at the Harbouside in Bristol. It involved over 600 people from many different choirs and "scratch" singing groups around the South West.

Since 2006, Ali Orbaum & Chris Samuel, from the Sing Your Socks Off team, have been running Sing for Water workshops in Bristol and, more recently, Wiltshire. Helen Chadwick founded "Sing for Water" in 2002. More info at


Sing Your Socks Off for Summer 2008 & 2009


Sing Your Socks Off for Summer was led by Chris Samuel, Ali Orbaum, Dee Jarlett and Wendy Sergeant.

In 2008, we had a beautiful sunny and hot day beneath the beautiful Solsbury Hill overlooking Bath and the Avon Valley. In the morning people walked to the top of the hill and then down to the slopes where we ate, sang and enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of the owners of the land who gave us beer and cups of tea.

The new awning that Andew and Annette Mercer have put up from their barn in 2009 gave us shade and excellent acoustics to sing under. We now know that rain or shine, the singing outside on this glorious hill will always be fine.

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