Welcome to Stones Barn
Singing, poetry, songwriting and performance courses for all
Stones Barn was conceived as a haven for artistic learning by Maddy Prior and Rose-Ellen Kemp in 2001. They have cultivated a supportive and peaceful learning environment at their stunning rural hideaway in North Cumbria. Having had many successful seasons running boutique singing and poetry retreats, they have now announced their 2018 programme. So whether you are a professional who wants to learn and refresh skills or a budding enthusiast who wants to begin their work in a fun, safe space, there is a course for you. 
As well as being able to offer courses by some incredibly special guest tutors each year, Maddy and Rose-Ellen continually train and gain qualifications in a wide range of complementing areas relating to voice science. This is to ensure that they are among the most qualified pairing in the U.K. to work with you on your voice
The Stones Barn experience
What can you expect from a course at Stones Barn?
As part of our mission to make the Barn a safe environment to express yourself vocally, we have always been in favour of the 'no devices' rule. We find that if there are no devices around that people are far more free and present. However, we are so very proud of this wonderful place and what we do here that we wanted to be able to share it with you somehow. So the wonderful Flashlight Films  came to see us for a day to bring you this glimpse of what we do on a Vocal Technique course. We hope you enjoy it!

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 Stones Barn, Bewcastle, Carlisle,
Cumbria, CA6 6PW 

016977 48424

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Emma on: info@stonesbarn.co.uk

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Maddy And Rose-Ellen's
Mission Statement
The Science of Voice
The Perfect Space
No judgement, just support and encouragement

We are passionate about cultivating a safe and non-judgmental environment to support you as you explore your voice and enjoy singing new songs and leaning new techniques. It is the perfect place to express yourself vocally, surrounded by beautiful countryside with no technological distractions. In many ways it resembles a retreat much more than just a course. View our testimonials page to see what others said about the experience...
We aren't just arty, fun
and experienced, we are also
scientific and qualified too!

Maddy Prior has been a recording artist and live performer for over 50 years. As well as her wealth of experience in these contexts, she brings her Music and Humanities diploma and skills and knowledge from her intensive three year training for her diploma in Singing Teaching with The Complete Vocal Institute in Denmark. Her daughter Rose-Ellen Kemp spent a decade as a recording and live artist whilst building up her singing teaching skills at Stones Barn and recently studied Speech and Language Therapy at Newcastle University.
Everyone can and should sing!

We at Stones Barn believe that everyone can sing and singing should never be discouraged because voice work (especially in a group) has been shown to have significant health, well-being and social benefits. Singing seems to always be attached to a judging panel of late and we think that this is strange and unhelpful. Therefore, it has been our mission to create the perfect space where singing is enjoyable, inclusive, not at all scary and free from judgement.
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