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Gospel Acappella : Tony Backhouse : July 29 – Aug 5 2017

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Gospel Acappella : Tony Backhouse

Tony Backhouse Fiji Daku Resort

A week singing with Tony Backhouse will live in your heart for ever. It is one of pure joy as you plunge into the uplifting world of a cappella gospel singing. You’ll also visit some of the local villages: there is a rich tradition of church choirs in Fiji and we enjoy their magnificent singing and join in with them.

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Retreat Summary

Dates: July 29 – Aug 5 2017
Teacher: Tony Backhouse
Title: Gospel Acappella
Programme: Daily morning workshops of 3 hours
Suitability: All levels
Excursions and extras: Visit to waterfall, beach picnic, village visit
Food: Three meals a day
Itinerary: Arrive Savusavu July 29. Course starts morning July 30, ends evening August 4. Depart Savusavu August 5.
Cost: AUD $2300 single room
AUD $1950 twin room
AUS$1075 non-singing partner

Tony Backhouse Singing in Fiji Daku Resort

Course description

Tony works with the passionate and exciting African-American repertoire, focusing on spirituals, gospel songs old and new, and choral and quartet styles. The emphasis is on harmony, collective improvisation and freedom of expression. No music-reading skills are required, and you may tape the sessions.
Each morning starts with a series of warm-up exercises to get the body and the voice relaxed – and the emotions soon follow. The singers laugh and hum and move around, and soon their spirits soar…..
Tony Backhouse Singing in Fiji Daku Resort
Tony Backhouse Singing in Fiji Daku Resort
During the week we visit a couple of local villages to hear their magnificent choirs and to sing with them. For many, this is a highlight of the week as we come together in shared pleasure and humanity. The Fijians are warmly welcoming and will break into spontaneous applause – especially when the baritones come in!
In this exercie the singers form up into four lines (sopranos, altos, tenors and bass) and come together one by one to sing a phrase, then peel off and circle round to start again. It was a moving, intimate and ultimately deeply joyful experience.
We’d come together from NZ, Aust and Canada as a disparate group of seventeen with a huge range of life and musical experience. Some had considerable musical knowledge, others little to none, but within no time Tony had us working as a cohesive group. Songs were quickly learned, friendships developed, life stories were swapped and laughter reigned as friendly banter was shared! When we weren’t singing we could take trips to see the local sights, visit the township, participate in group walks or morning yoga sessions and there were opportunities to have luxurious massages or experience the underwater world through snorkelling or diving. How ever we wished to fill our days we could, and the willing and playful staff were always on hand to assist should we need their help. What more could we hope for?
Giselle Storer
“Tony is a weaver of magic. He can sculpt a disparate group of people with mostly average voices into a choir that makes beautiful music. I have done workshops with Tony before but nothing prepared me for the pleasure, sense of achievement and sheer joy of working up a repertoire of songs over 6 days that culminated in a performance for the locals of Savusavu.

We were blessed with a great bunch of people on the course who enjoyed singing and laughing together. Whether travelling through town on a bus or dining in the local restaurant, if someone started us up we would sing with all our might. In the small gaps between songs we would eat, snorkel or lie by the pool.

I loved trying to sing in Fijian with the Yaroi church choir, while struggling to read the unfamiliar musical notation. The Fijians sandwiched us in so close to them that we could “feel” the music through our skin and not just through our ears.

Singing in Paradise surpassed all expectations. One of the phrases still permeating my dreaming and waking is: “I feel love Divine” In the joy of making such a beautiful sound with a bunch of other Aussies and Americans, I have come close to experiencing this.”

Margie Welsford
Tony Backhouse singing in Fiji Daku Resort Tony Backhouse singing in Fiji Daku Resort

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  • Cost and Booking

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  • Daily Programme: see what you’ll be doing each day

Cost and booking
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Daily Programme

HOW TO BOOK:
If you want to book for 2 (or more) people attending the course, please

  • Choose whether you both want a twin shared room or a single room
  • Then select 2 (or 3 / 4 etc as appropriate) on the button which says “Add to cart”.

If you want to book for yourself plus a non-participating partner, please select “Travelling with a non-participating partner”. The next stage will automatically calculate the price for that option.

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Singing with Tony Backhouse July 29 – Aug 5 2017

AUD $1,950

Prices per person:

Twin Shared room: AUD $1950
Single room: AUD $2300
Non-painting partners: AUD $1075

All charges will be made in Australian dollars

BOOKING:

  • Traveler and Room Upgrade Options

Pay a deposit of AUD $400 per item

Program Includes

  • 7 nights accommodation at Daku Resort in traditional bures with private facilities.
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
  • Workshop fees.
  • Lectures and excursions as indicated.
  • Airport transfers from Savusavu Airport to Daku Resort by road (approx 10 minutes).

Program Excludes

  • Travel to Savusavu.
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
  • Optional activities not listed on the program.
  • Costs of a personal nature such as laundry, massages, private trips.

Teacher: Tony Backhouse

Tony Backhouse is a singer, composer, vocal arranger, musical director, workshop leader and author, Tony has been running vocal workshops in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France and the UK since 1987. In his previous pre-a cappella life, he took a B.A. (English) and B.Mus. (Composition) at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Tony Backhouse Fiji Daku Resort

He played guitar and sung in many notable bands in New Zealand including Mammal (who recorded one LP with poet Sam Hunt) and the Crocodiles, who won three NZ Recording Industry Awards in 1980). Moving to Australia in 1981, Tony sang and played with Renée Geyer, Joe Walsh, Jenny Morris, the Umbrellas and Jump Back Jack, and arranged and recorded backing vocals for Harry Manx, Dave Dobbyn, Tim Finn, Vince Jones and Kate Ceberano.

Tony Backhouse is one of the leaders in the Sydney a cappella movement. He directed the Café of the Gate of Salvation gospel choir for 21 years and has led male trio the Heavenly Lights since 1996. He works with the passionate and exciting African-American repertoire, focusing on spirituals, gospel songs old and new, and choral and quartet styles. The emphasis is on harmony, collective improvisation and freedom of expression. No music-reading skills are required, and you may tape the sessions.

Tony Backhouse Fiji Daku Resort

Daily Programme

The week is structured around daily morning workshops, with afternoons for visits to sing with local choirs, and time for local excursions. We have fantastic coral reefs for snorkelling, beautiful rain forests for hiking and Savusavu town just down the road where you can poke around and get to know the friendly locals. The programme may change a bit depending on what the group wants and on the weather.

Saturday

Fly to Savusavu.

Sunday

10.00am – 12.30pm: Introductory session
1.00pm: Poolside lunch.
2.00pm: Coconut demonstration
Afternoon free for swimming, snorkeling, relaxing; option to visit local church to hear choir.
6.30pm: Pre-dinner drinks. Dinner.

Monday

9.30am – 12.30pm: Workshop
1.00pm: Lunch
Afternoon: Visit to Savusavu town, visiting the geothermal hot springs, the local market and the shops.
7.00pm: Dinner and informal singing.

Tuesday

9.30am – 12.30pm: Workshop
1.00pm: Lunch
Afternoon: Visit to local village with church choir
7.00pm: Dinner

Wednesday

9.30am – 12.30pm: Workshop
1.30pm – 3.30pm: Picnic lunch and beach outing
7.00pm: Dinner and informal singing.

Thursday

9.30am – 12.30pm: Workshop
1.00pm: Lunch
3.00pm – 5.00pm: Singing in local village
7.00pm: Dinner and informal singing.

Friday

9.30am – 12.30pm: Workshop: Final session
1.00pm: Lunch
Afternoon Free time. Options for private tours, relaxing.
6.00pm – 7.00pm: Dinner Concert and party.

Saturday

Return to Nadi and on home.