UPCOMING WORKSHOPS IN 2024 – full info below:
9 – 12th May MADE-TO-MEASURE VOCAL INTENSIVES in Seahouses, Northumberland FULLY BOOKED
14/15th Sep UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL (ON RECORD) Vocal Workshop in Pathhead, Midlothian
1 – 3 Nov ALL ABOUT THE SONG – Songwriting Workshop, in Seahouses, Northumberland
7 – 10 Nov MADE-TO-MEASURE VOCAL INTENSIVE in Seahouses, NorthumberlandFULLY BOOKED
30 Nov / 1 Dec UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL (ON RECORD) Vocal Workshop in Pathhead, Midlothian

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TERMS OF PAYMENT for all the Vocal Jazz Workshops listed below
The deposit is non-refundable.
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.
Instalment payments are non-refundable.
In case of the workshop having to be cancelled by us any deposit and balance of fee paid will be reimbursed.

13th to 16th April 2023

Thurs 4th April (evening tutors concert) to Sun 7th April 2024
with tutors Liane Carroll, Sara Colman, Sophie Bancroft, Brian Kellock and Tom Lyne

Workshop focus areas include song interpretation and phrasing, vocal technique, performance focus, communication with instrumentalists, bodywork and much more, masterclasses with Liane, Sara, Sophie and Tom and individual sessions with Brian,
plus home-cooked food, good company and much laughter.

Workshop Fee £550 which includes
– Entry to the tutors concert on Thurs night @ Pathhead Village Hall
– Tuition – all day Fri and Sat plus Sun morning
– Lunches on Fri, Sat and Sun
– Dinner on Sat night
– Singers Night Jam Session on Saturday night accompanied by Brian Kellock and Tom Lyne with Liane Carroll, Sophie Bancroft and Sara Colman too
– Student concert on Sunday afternoon @ Pathhead Village Hall
– Transfers from workshop venue to and from local accommodation can be organised
– Workshop Location – Pathhead, Midlothian (12 miles south of Edinburgh)
– Local accommodation available (B&B’s, hotels and AirBnB)
– Travel: Edinburgh airport (30 mins away) and Edinburgh Waverley train station with local train access – Gorebridge – (10 mins away) – we can help organise transfers.
– To secure your place we will require a £275 non-refundable deposit and the balance of fee to be paid by 21ST March 2024.
If it would be preferable you can pay in non-refundable instalments by the 2nd April 2024.

Please contact me for more info or to book

MADE-TO-MEASURE VOCAL INTENSIVES in Seahouses, Northumberland
Thurs 9th (evening) to Sun 12th May 2024 FULLY BOOKED
Thurs 7th (evening) to Sun 10th Nov 2024

With tutors Liane Carroll, Sara Colman and Sophie Bancroft in a wonderful seaside location in Northumberland. 6 students participate in 3 days of intensive study in the beautiful surroundings of the Northumberland coastline by Seahouses and Bamburgh. In your time off there are fantastic beaches to walk, castles to explore and the fresh sea air to breathe. Workshop starts 7pm on Thurs evening and finishes around 6.30pm on Sunday evening.

Workshop Fee £685:includes all tuition, welcome drinks and nibbles on Thursday evening, tea and coffee each day, dinner on Saturday evening and lunches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. BYOB for jam sessions on Saturday evening. A monthly payment plan is possible if of use.

Each day an individual student’s MADE-TO-MEASURE VOCAL INTENSIVE timetable will include:
• 30 mins technical warm up
• 2 x 60 mins masterclass with 2 students
• group session with 1 tutor
• individual lesson with 1 tutor
• jam session – Thursday and Saturday evening

There are numerous hotels, bed and breakfasts and self-catering accommodation close to the workshop venue as well as plenty of good cafes and restaurants plus a COOP supermarket that is open until 10pm each evening (4.30pm on Sunday). Workshop participants who would like to share an Air BnB can be put in contact with each other if of interest. Closest mainline station is Berwick-upon-Tweed Train Station. We can pick you up / drop you off from Berwick-upon-Tweed Train Station, coordinating with other students arriving by train @ £25 each way split between those getting a lift.

Mon 10th to Fri 14th June 2024

Nestled in the vineyards and sunflower fields, not far from Cognac, in beautiful Charente Maritime, France with tutors, Liane Carroll, Sophie Bancroft and Sara Colman.Please contact the organiser Gilly Johnson at for more info


Sat 14 / Sun 15th Sep 2024
Sat 30th Nov / Sun 1st Dec 2024

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!!!

How about recording a contemporary christmas song to send out as a christmas present at our 30th Nov / 1st Dec 2024 UCAP workshop?

£395 per weekend workshop, 10.30am – 4.30pm Saturday and Sunday. Please bring your own lunches.
Email Sophie to book – a non-refundable deposit of £195 will be required to secure booking. Monthly payment plan is possible too.

ALL ABOUT THE SONG – Songwriting Workshop
Fri 1st (evening) to Sun 3rd Nov 2024

A guided creative retreat exploring lyric and song-writing
with tutors Sara Colman and Sophie Bancroft
• Space and time to write with support and mentoring as you write
• Group writing exercises and song analysis
• Examine song form and lyrical structure, and how to listen to music with new ears.
• Group discussions and sharing of work and masterclasses critiquing and developing your writing in a constructive and positive way

Workshop Fee: £395
Includes all tuition, private tutors house concert on Fri evening and refreshments during workshop.
Monthly payment plan possible.
Plenty of local hotels and BnBs.
Nearby station is Berwick-upon-Tweed – transfers to Seahouses can be arranged, plus there is a regular bus service.

Previous All About The Song student testimonials……

“Sophie and Sara’s songwriting workshop is a safe and nurturing space to write and create. They give you practical tools and exercises to get your creativity flowing and deepen your understanding of the many ways a song can be crafted. I cannot recommend their workshop highly enough!”

“It’s so important to reconnect with our creativity and no safer place to do it than one of these workshops. “

“Heartfelt thanks to you and Sara for arranging such a useful and thought-provoking workshop. It was great to come away with tools for sparking new ideas, thoughts on how to structure the form – and half a song!”

“What a wonderful weekend 😊”

with vocal tutors Liane Carroll and Sophie Bancroft
Week 1:   Saturday 10th (evening) – Saturday 17th Aug (depart after breakfast)
Week 2:   Sunday 18th (evening) – Sunday 20th Aug (depart after breakfast)
Please visit here for information
NB please see the IJSS website for their terms of payment – this summer school is run by a different organisation to the Vocal Jazz Workshops listed above.

Any questions about any of the workshops, please do contact me


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…

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