Early 17th Century drinking songs and their social context

Friday 5 July 2019


The course

This is a voice/singing workshop where the participants will have the opportunity to learn a number of English broadside ballad tunes from the 17th century. These ‘drinking songs’ were written to be sung in the ale houses of everyday people. These songs are rousing to sing, and can inform us much about lifestyle and attitudes of the time. We will look at authenticity in voice and context, and what we know of how these fascinating songs were ‘sung’, exploring their social purpose. Why did/do we sing together? Did the texts of the songs tell stories, educate us, or just bring us together?

The tutors

Jedd Owen-Ellis Clark is a voice and singing specialist, lecturer and practitioner in higher education, with a particular interest in the human communicative nature of the voice, and what history can teach us of human ‘harmony’ in sound and culture.

Jez Smith is a historic life interpreter at the museum and plays a range of historical musical instruments and researches music and its related social history.

Participant information

Please be aware it is the Goodwood Festival of Speed between the 4th and 7th July 2019 and there will be road closures in place and alternative travel arrangements will be in effect, with diversions in the locality. If accommodation is required, an early booking is advisable due to a high demand in the local area.


£70 per person, including tuition, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open for lunch or alternatively participants can bring their own packed lunch.



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