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The Challenge of Simplicity – Long Notes


The first ever Challenge of Simplicity weekend ran by Maggie took place at Melin Dolwion at the end of May 2015. One of the first exercises practiced during the weekend was ‘long notes.’ Long notes is one of the core vocal practices we do at the mill. We try to do it every morning for an hour. It involves dwelling within one note, exploring the different tonal qualities and sounds that can be woven from what appears to be a deceptively […]

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Review of Learning, Transforming, Technique


Sharon Winfield from Union Jill wrote this rather splendid review of the Learning, Transforming, Technique weekend which took place early April this year. We hope to run the event again next year. Perhaps this write up will encourage you to come along in 2016… *** The weekend was designed to explore learning techniques and transformational education practices – but was not your average education weekend. We had decided to submit our show as a session not just to contribute to […]

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The Challenge of Simplicity with Maggie Nicols, 22-25 May residential


If you are thinking about coming to the mill to explore the Challenge of Simplicity with Maggie Nicols in May, check out the interview below. It appeared in Canadian magazine Music Works in 2008. The article explores Maggie’s approach to music making, and her involvement, since the late 1960s, with community music and free improvisation. The Challenge of Simplicity is Maggie’s first ever residential event held at Melin Dolwion. Booking for the weekend is now available. Contact us to book […]

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