Any questions about any of the workshops, please do contact Sophie by email


Fri 4th (starts 5.30pm) to Sun 6th Oct 2019 (ends 3pm)
with tutors Liane Carroll, Sara Colman and Sophie Bancroft
featuring additional singing clinics and sunday morning workshop as well as the usual masterclasses, group song and technique work. In association with the Memorial Art Gallery, Hastings
Maximum 12 students, 3 master classes (max 4 people with each tutor) plus group work, singing clinics and technique/warm ups.
Workshop focus areas: interpretation, phrasing, technique, performance focus, communication with musicians and much more.
Informal student concert on Sunday afternoon @ Porters Wine Bar, with students accompanied by Liane.
Venue: Memorial Art Gallery, Hastings
Fee: £460 (includes sunday lunch at Porters, refreshments and entry to tutors concert)
A non-refundable deposit of £235 is required to secure your place on the workshop  and the balance of fee is required by the 4th Sep 2019. (NB the balance of fee for cancellations within 14 days of the workshop start date will be non-refundable unless a replacement student can be found).

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Fri 1st November (evening-tutors concert) to Sun 3rd November 2019 in Pathhead, Midlothian – last place available
A guided creative retreat exploring lyric and song-writing
with tutors Sara Colman and Sophie Bancroft

Have you always wanted to write a song but never thought you could?
Here are some thoughts from a previous All About The Song student……
“I have always thought I couldn’t write a song – I don’t read music and I’ve always viewed it as a type of alchemy, something that other people do and that I would never in my wildest dreams be able to achieve.
At the ‘All About The Song’ retreat I felt supported and encouraged every step of the way – Although I was out of my comfort zone it didn’t seem to matter.
Deep down I really didn’t believe I could write a song never mind one I’d be proud of. Miracles do happen, dreams do come true!
Writing my own song has given me a voice I never knew I had, it has changed my singing”

What happens at an All About The Song retreat?

  • You will have space and time to write with support and mentoring as you do
  • You’ll be helped along with group writing exercises and song analysis
  • We’ll exam song form and lyrical structure, learning to listen to music with new ears.
  • There will be group discussions and sharing of work as well as masterclasses critiquing and developing your writing in a constructive and positive way

All About The Song Tutors:

Sara Colman –With an MA in Song-Writing, writing music has always been central to Sara with original music being a consistent theme throughout her three albums. Her song ‘Rock’ made the final 10 of 15,000 entries to BBC Radio 2’s Sold on Song competition, and she won the Jazz category of the UK Songwriting Completion with the title track of her 2018 album What We’re Made of as well as winning the Lyrics of the Year Competition 2018. Sara’s collaborations with pianist and composer Rebecca Nash will feature on the forthcoming Atlas album Peaceful King and she was recently commissioned to write a song for The Canales Project. Sara teaches voice and song-writing at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Guildhall School of Music.

Sophie Bancroft –Song-writing from an early age, her songs have been used on American hit TV show ‘Six Feet Under’, been remixed and featured in European and American dance charts, and recorded by various jazz artistes around Europe including multi-award winning vocalist Liane Carroll and American award-winning jazz pianist Louis Durra. Her most recent CD ‘Songs’ featuring her own compositions was listed in the ‘Top 50 albums of 2015’ by The Herald, Scotland. Sophie has taught at many of the major music universities in Scotland and the North of England as well as lecturing and leading workshops on song-writing in numerous secondary schools. She is in the final phase of a 2 year Masters in Creative Writing.

Workshop Fee: £350
Includes all tuition, entry to tutors concert and refreshments during workshop.
Monthly payment plan possible.

Workshop Location: Pathhead, Midlothian, EH37 5QB
Pathhead is a 45 minute bus journey from Edinburgh city centre, and transport from Edinburgh airport to Pathhead (30 minute drive) is easily arranged.
Fantastic B+B accommodation available nearby if required – email Sophie for further info.


Sat 30th Nov + Sun 1st Dec 2019 in Pathhead, Midlothian – being rescheduled to early 2020, dates tbc
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL (ON RECORD) Vocal Workshop in Pathhead, Midlothian, with Sophie Bancroft & Tom Lyne

Treat yourself to this fun, intimate and intensive workshop with a huge amount of individual focus as well as group work (4 workshop participants max) @ Sophie and Tom’s house in Pathhead, Midlothian – 25 mins from Edinburgh city centre. B+Bs nearby if needed.
Input on technique, repertoire, phrasing, improvisation, working with musicians, intros + endings, confidence, performance skills, rehearsing + performance preparation, microphone technique, music theory + much more PLUS a recording of a 1 or 2 song demo in our home studio!!!
£350 per weekend workshop, 10.30 – 4.30pm Saturday and Sunday. Please bring your own lunches.
Email Sophie to book – a non-refundable deposit of £175 will be required to secure booking. Monthly payment plan is possible too.

“What a marvellous weekend it was!! I had a great time and learned such a lot”
“It was a privilege to work with you both.”
“Thank you both for a wonderful and inspiring weekend vocal workshop and special thanks for your encouragement and patience.”



Thurs 16th April (evening tutors concert), Workshop all day Fri 17th – Sun 20th Apr 2020:
CROMARTY VOCAL JAZZ WORKSHOP with tutors Liane Carroll, Fionna Duncan, Sara Colman, Sophie Bancroft  & Brian Kellock
Workshop focus areas include song interpretation and phrasing, vocal technique, performance focus, communication with instrumentalists, bodywork and much more all surrounded by the most beautiful scenery, great food, good company and much laughter.
– Tutors concert on Thursday night,
– Singers Night Jam Session on Saturday night,
– Student concert on Sunday afternoon.
 Workshop Location and Residential Accommodation in  The Old Brewery, Cromarty
Travel: Cromarty is a 30 minute bus journey from Inverness airport which receives national and international flights, and Inverness station which is on the main east coast line from London
B+Bs available nearby if required

The residential workshop fees include:
– Free entry to the tutors concert on Thursday evening.
–  2 1/2 days of intensive teaching including group song work, technique, bodywork and 4 masterclasses with each tutor (max 5 students in each masterclass) with a good deal of individual focus time.
– Singers night jam session on Saturday night accompanied by Liane Carroll, Brian Kellock, Sophie Bancroft or Sara Colman.
– Student concert on Sunday afternoon accompanied by Brian Kellock.
 – Accommodation, dinner on Thurs, Fri and Sat, breakfast and lunch on Fri, Sat, Sun and teas/coffees.

WORKSHOP FEES: Residential w/ single room: £675 /Residential w/ twin room: £635 / Non-residential (includes all above except breakfast and accommodation): £550
A non-refundable deposit of £300 is required to secure your place on the workshop  and the balance of fee is required by the 28th Feb 2020. (the balance of fee for cancellations within 14 days of the workshop start date will be non-refundable unless a replacement student can be found). Monthly payments on the payment plan are non-refundable.
Email Sophie to book at
Email Sophie to book

Any questions about any of the workshops, please do contact Sophie by email


Huge thanks to you all for another brilliant weekend. What a team!!! I’ve never been to a health spa, but whatever their claims I can’t believe they come anywhere near the benefits of your workshops. The Heineken effect; you get to the parts that others don’t reach.

Thank you so much, it was a wonderful weekend and I learnt so much – surprisingly emotional too, it felt very cathartic.

I wanted to thank you for such a marvellous course. I got so much out of it and was able to have the confidence to go a little bit further with all the things I find challenging. I love singing so much and interpreting the great songs brings so much emotion as well as bringing you close to some great people. I have always felt hampered by my lack of confidence as a relative newcomer to jazz but I gain something from each course and the skill and manner of the teaching really helped me to be a bit more daring.

Thanks for the kind comments and for all your hard work and very valuable input from all three of you this weekend. I hope it will all help to close the gap between where I am with my singing and where I’d like to be.

Thank you for the weekend, which was inspiring. I have taken many good things away from it, and although it’s too early to say how it will all impact on my singing, or my teaching, one thing I feel absolutely sure of is that it will.

I have to say that for me personally, it was the most terrifying thing I think I have ever done – and I will treasure every second of it in my mind for ever because it has changed me for ever in a way that is extremely growthful and empowering.

Thanks again for a wonderful workshop, it was really inspirational and I cant wait to to start singing again

What great teachers!

I love and look forward to spending time with you all and consider myself hugely privileged to be a participant in your workshops. I learn so much and am keen to have opportunities to put it all into practice.

Thank you both so much for all the help and support you have given me as a singer and as another human being.

You are all such inspiring teachers…