Beach Boys Workshop Day – a real treat

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Thank you so much - amazing day and I feel very proud of what we achieved with your excellent teaching
Will definitely be looking out for the next one!

- Karen Bond

Thank you for a great day on Saturday - a great Beach Boys fan in my youth! so enjoyed every minute of the day.
Looking forward to a gospel day later in the year.

- Gaynor Chick

Thanks so much Jim Hawkins for an awesome day of Beach Boys harmonies. I absolutely loved every second of it. They are geniuses and so are you  😉

- Emma Tracey

What a fabulous day! Adore Beach Boys music, such a thrill to sing those harmonies. Thanks Jim for best ever Workshop!

- Chris Hill

Thank you and very well done!

It is was hot, hot day for our summer workshop this year, which seemed very appropriate for the Beach Boys songs! Nearly 90 people attended the uniquely beautiful Normansfield Theatre in Teddington to learn a Beach Boys medley of  “I Get Around”, “In My Room”, “California Girls” and “Fun, Fun, Fun”, which they then sang with the band.  After a rest and lunch outside on the grass, the afternoon was spent singing “God Only Knows”, such a beautiful song, which you don't see the likes of these days.  Jim went on to record this... listen below! It's was a bit of a quick recording, but, for a few hours of work, I think it's a brilliant effort!

A quick message from Jim

Thank you to all those who attended and helped at the Beach Boys themed workshop on Saturday 8th August 2015. I hope you enjoyed learning the songs as much as I did teaching them with you and I must tell you how impressed I am with how much we managed to get through!

A special congratulations to all those who were new to score reading and learning in this way, you did a fantastic job! Well done for sticking at it, it's the only way to get to grips with reading the dots!

Next Workshop

Our next theme will be Gospel songs, date to be confirmed, but we're looking at the end of October.  Please sign up to our mailing list in the footer below to be first to hear the details and book your place!

Jim came away inspired by the whole day and has been bursting with ideas about future workshops. (Remember his remark... "Just imagine what we could do with a few days together!"...) Watch this space.

Workshop photos


3 comments on “Beach Boys Workshop Day – a real treat

  1. Lovely…but I have one comment….I so enjoyed the medley too and would have loved to hear it recorded. My suggestion is this: put it in lunar or solar repertoire as an encore. We didn’t have an encore last time but the medley would make all the public leaving feel great..and it’s easy to learn as we prooved under your tuitionilly amazeballsness xx why not?

    • Oooo, well let me put it to Jim! He might like the idea… Thanks Emma!
      By the way, the reason we didn’t record the medley is because of the live band. I understand it would have been a nigh on impossible to control the volume of the drums particularly against the choir, and so a recording would have sounded way out of balance. We’ll still keep it in mind as something we want to do in the future, if we have a slightly better set up at another venue.

  2. I had a brilliant day at the Beach Boys workshop. Despite it being a long day, the time went very quickly. I’m a big fan of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys and it was a thrill to sing a selection of their songs in a workshop and to hear all the harmony parts working individually and collectively. As well as God only knows, I thought In My Room sounded great for so many voices. Thank you Jim for the brilliant and patient teaching.

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