Retreat

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR 2019

21 – 23 JUNE 2019

We’re excited to announce that due to popular demand we’ll be back next summer for another very special weekend in the forest. This year we’ll have some extra special treats and some extra activities for you all.

Having thought it over a lot we’ve decided to keep things small again so as not to lose that special intimate feel. Therefore there will be a maximum of 38 places. We released the first 20 as early bird ticket and they all sold out very quickly. We’re releasing our next batch of 10 now and will keep some aside for nearer the time so everyone gets a chance.

Tickets are £220 but this time it includes ALL food on the Saturday (buffet lunch and evening food) and a buffet lunch on the Sunday, as well as free tea and coffee throughout – so we’ll have everything you need on site included in your ticket price. The price does not include accommodation, though camper vans are welcome again (please just let us know in advance.)

 

TUTORS:

PETER LUONGO

Those in the know, or who have seen The Mighty Uke documentary will know that Peter Luongo has been one of the most inspirational and influential teacher on the uke scene for some time. Peter, who has taught James Hill amongst others, was the Langley Ukulele Ensemble’s musical director for 33 years (1980 – 2013) and he is now in his second term as President of the Langley Ukulele Association.  Under his musical direction the group became one of the most renowned ukulele groups in the world. A number of Youtube performances  chronicle the historyof the group under his dynamic leadership and thousands enjoyed ensemble performances locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. His efforts helped brought international recognition to the community of Langley and established it as the “ukulele capital” of Canada. 

Peter now leads the Luongo Ukulele Experience, allowing him to give adults around the world the chance to learn ukulele under his superb tutelage, sharing his skills and experience all around the globe.

 

SAMANTHA MUIR

Each year we will be welcoming back a tutor from the previous year and this year it is the wonderful Samantha Muir. Many will know Samantha from her fantastic arrangements of classical and campenella style pieces for ukulele. As well as a wonderful arranger Samantha is a respected performer and teacher on the ukulele scene.

Samantha is an Associate of the Royal College of Music, London and a recipient of the Madeline Walton Guitar Prize. As a classical guitarist she has taught and performed in Australia, Europe and the UK.
After picking up a ukulele in 2012 Samantha fell in love with the instrument and has dedicated herself to extending the classical ukulele repertoire. Her arrangements include classical works by Carulli, Sor, Carcassi, Giuliani, Tarrega and Bach. In 2015 Samantha was commissioned by music publishing giant Schott to arrange a book/CD of 35 Scottish Tunes for Ukulele. In 2016 she released her first solo ukulele CD, The Beauty of Uke – a compilation of her classical and campanella arrangements.
Although Sam has only been on the ukulele circuit for a couple of years she has performed and given workshops at leading ukulele festivals in the UK, including GNUF, Uke East, BUG Day, the Highland Ukulele Gathering and the popular Halsway Manor Ukulele and Singing Weekend.

Her interest in ukulele history led her to the machete de braga – an instrument from Madeira and a precursor of the ukulele. She is regarded as a leading exponent of the machete and has given presentations at the International Guitar Research Centre at the University of Surrey and the Consortium for Guitar Research, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. She is a member of the Cohort for Guitar Research, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and is currently doing a PhD at the University of Surrey entitled New Classical Works for Ukulele.

 

ELISABETH PFEIFFER

This year we are excited to welcome a rising star in the uke scene. Elisabeth Pfeiffer is a solo ukulele player with a strong background in classical guitar. She studied at Lawrence University in the USA and HfM Würzburg, Germany, majoring in classical guitar. 2013 she took up a ukulele and never looked back. Since, she has written three method books on strumming and picking techniques and fretting concepts. On stage she mostly performs solo pieces, but throws in the occasional song, always looking to add something personal to a piece or a song. Her repertoire ranges from Renaissance music to Jazz and Rock covers, as well as contemporary classical music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ITINERARY

A rough itinerary of the weekend is outlined below. This is subject to change but should help give and idea of how things work.

 

Friday evening – welcome drinks from 7pm. We’ll also have a special communal learning jam and a few open mic spots.

Saturday daytime – lessons from 10am. We split into four groups that rotate around all four tutors so everyone gets very special small group tuition from each expert tutor. We’ll have a buffet lunch and then more lessons in the afternoon

Saturday evening – After a break we’ll have a BBQ on the terrace followed by the Teacher’s concert where each tutor performs an inspirational set.

Sunday daytime – Each group will be given a tutor to teach them two special pieces that will help refine your playing and teach you new skills.

Sunday ukulele hike (optional) – After a buffet lunch there’s an option to join Matt for a really fun ukulele hike. We’ll trek a short distance into the woodland and to the top of a small hill where we’ll jam whilst enjoying the beautiful view. This is  fun addition for this year.

Sunday evening – The students concert. As a group you’ll get to take to the stage with your tutor and perform the two pieces you learned. Don’t worry – this is a warm, welcoming and fun space where everyone supports everyone else. Last year, this was a real highlight.

We’ll finish around 7pm Sunday evening –  a bit more time for learning than last year but still gives people a chance to travel home Sunday night if required.

 

Accommodation:

There are many options for local accommodation including great B&Bs, hotels and inns. Here are a few places to try:

Farmers Boy Inn: https://farmersboyinn.co.uk/

Littledean House Hotel: https://www.littledeanhousehotel.co.uk/

Yew Tree Inn: http://www.yewtreeinnlonghope.co.uk/

House Martins apartment: https://www.cottages.com/cottages/house-martins-ukc2357

Crown Inn Lea: https://www.thecrowninnatlea.co.uk/