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Sat 25th and Sun 26th June 2022
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL (ON RECORD) Vocal Workshop in Pathhead, Midlothian, with Sophie Bancroft & Tom LyneTreat 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.”


Sun 17th (evening) to Thurs 21st July 2022
Gilly Johnson’s Jazz Vocal Workshop in Les Violettes in a little village Haimps, 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. Accommodation situated nearby, either in the village or in a neighbouring hamlet with carefully selected people in the village or in local gîtes.

Sun 17th July welcome evening meal then everyone sing a song. Mon to Thurs, come for breakfast, at Les Violettes, around 8.00am. Then Chi Gong by the pool at 9.30am. Vocal warmups at 10am. Coffee at 10.45am. Group song at 11am. 12.00 split into 3 groups, one with each tutor for a masterclass changing tutors each day. 13.00 a delicious freshly prepared lunch. After lunch, relax by the pool either at Les Violettes or at your own accommodation, go for a walk or drive out to see some of the sights. 4pm Individual lesson. Dinner is at 7 (at Les Violettes) then there will be a mini concert each evening. After an end-of-course celebration dinner on Thursday 21st July, we will be on-stage, performing for invited guests in a beautiful space in the gardens of Les Violettes.

Gilly can arrange for transfers to the airport /train station on Friday morning. Alternatively, you might like to stay for an extra day and watch the tutors performing at our village festival “Musica Haimps” on Friday evening. If you would like to do this, please let Gilly know so she can arrange the accommodation and let you know the additional cost.

The cost of the course, including tuition, accommodation, linen, meals, drinks, use of the pool and pool house facilities, etc, is £1200.  Please contact Gilly for more info or to book a place on this workshop.


MADE-TO-MEASURE VOCAL INTENSIVE Thurs 8th (evening) to Sun 11th September 2022
with tutors Liane Carroll, Sara Colman and Sophie Bancroft
in a wonderful seaside location in Northumberland. 6 students to participating 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 Fee £675:includes all tuition, welcome drinks and nibbles on Thursday evening, tea and coffee each day, takeaway pizza from an amazing local pizzeria on Saturday evening and lunches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. BYOB for jam sessions each evening. A monthly payment plan is possible if of use.

To secure your place on the workshop a £300 non-refundable deposit is required and the balance of fee is required by the 8th Aug 2022. (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. In case of the workshop having to be cancelled due to covid restrictions any deposit and balance of fee paid will be reimbursed.

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). 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 @ £10 each way.

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
• 60 mins group session with 1 tutor
• 60 mins individual lesson with 1 tutor
• 60 mins jam session in evening

Please contact me for more info or to book a workshop

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…