Finding Your Voice Week

Discover who you are through song


15-19 November 2021


Ruairi Edwards and Suzzie Vango


Schumacher College, Dartington Trust, South Devon


£650.00 (or £150 deposit, with the outstanding balance payable at the booking deadline specifed below). Short Course bursaries are available – find out more here.

Course fees include private, simple accommodation with shared bathroom and all vegetarian meals from supper on the day of your arrival through until the lunchtime before your departure. Fee also includes any field trips, materials as well as all teaching sessions.


4 October 2021

There is also a weekend version of this course – click here for further details.

About this course

How many of us have dreamed of standing on a stage and expressing ourselves through song? Yet how many of us were told ‘you just can’t sing’? Or perhaps you suspected there was a beautiful voice within, only to doubt it?

Join us for a weekend of uplifting connection via the natural power of your own voice. This course offers an opportunity to develop your personal technique and style, improve your breath control and your ability to project your voice, and to experience the heartfelt joy of sharing song with others.

In this course you will explore different singing styles including Indian vedic chanting, gospel call and response and Baltic mediterrean folk music; you will sing outside in the beautiful surroundings of Schumacher College as we turn to nature for inspiration, observing how animals communicate; you will develop a greater confidence in the power of your own voice and body; you will be able to perform for family, friends and the wider Schumacher learning community at the end of the course.

The course is led by Ruairi Edwards – one of the UK’s most sought-after choral conductors who has performed at Carnegie Hall, sung with Glyndebourne Youth Opera and worked alongside Gareth Malone on the BBC’s BAFTA award-winning television series The Choir. Ruairi will be using the inspirational setting of Schumacher College to aid us in raising consciousness, improving mental wellbeing, and most importantly – empowering you to find your inner voice, your source, your strength. 

Suzzie Vango will join the group to provide individual vocal support and guidance to participants. Whatever your specific concerns, challenges or questions, Suzzie will spend dedicated time with you and will expertly support you in the process of further discovering and developing your natural voice. You will finish your time with Suzzie with a deep and practical understanding of what is important to you, the way you express yourself, and where to go next. And above all, you will further connect with the deep joy and wisdom that your voice – and its expression – holds for you.

This course offers you the space and time to realise that dream in the supportive environment of a learning community.

What previous participants have said

“My body and cells are still buzzing and I’m not able to share how blown away in gratitude I am.”

“Ruairi – a beautiful bubble of energy fizzing through our lives for the weekend.”

“Ruairi is an extremely genererous teacher. His love for choral singing is infectious… unforgettable.”

Singing is humanity’s deepest source of connection and vitality. It is hard-wired into our evolution and one of the most powerful forms of group-bonding. No human group on the planet – tribe, society or civilization – has been able to flourish without it.

On this Short Course you will:

  • Be guided gently and expertly by experienced professionals in voice work;
  • Discover – at your own pace – how to naturally access your voice in an authentic and safe way;
  • Learn about the huge benefits of singing to individual and collective wellbeing;
  • Explore various bodywork practices which allow you to find your voice;
  • Learn about ways of singing in community;
  • Explore various folk and indigenous traditions which still retain a strong connection to singing;
  • Spend time out in the beautiful natural grounds of Schumacher College, listening to the sounds of nature;
  • Come together with your fellow course participants to create a unique choir, tailor-made to the individual requirements and passions of your specific group.


Ruairi Edwards

Ruairi Edwards

Ruairi is a nationally sought-after conductor, pianist and vocal coach whose approach to music – and to singing especially – is to empower and uplift people into discovering within themselves and others a deep source of joy and connection.

Originally coming from a prestigious academic background in Economics, Ruairi established a career as a professional musician aged 21, and quickly developed a national reputation within the choral music world. Having rapidly gained apprenticeships with several of the UK’s leading choral conductors – including David Lawrence, Dan Ludford-Thomas and Paul McGrath – Ruairi became sought-after for his ability to work with a huge range of different groups, from children’s choirs to choral societies, gospel choirs to business organisations.

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Suzzie Vango

Suzzie Vango

Passionate about the arts and education, Suzzie’s high-energy vocal workshops have gained her an international reputation as a choral leader, working with children and adults on vocal projects across Asia, the USA, the UAE and Africa. She is highly experienced and skilled in directing, devising and delivering big sings, whole school singing days and teacher-training, which she does for national organisations including the BBC, Sing Up, St David’s and Lichfield Music Festivals, UK Choir Festival and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Recent international highlights include trips to Uganda, Singapore and Thailand and an invitation to Dubai for the Middle East Choir of the Year Competition.

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Book now

*The booking deadline (see above) gives us an accurate idea of course participant numbers at approximately 6 weeks before the course is due to run, at which point we either confirm the course; add additional time for people to book; or cancel the course. We encourage people to register early for courses as places are limited.

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