7 - 9 Feb 2020 | Coalbrookdale

Shed Fringe starts 6 Feb


Now into its fourth year, Singing in the Shed is a friendly, open access men’s singing weekend suitable for absolutely all men. There's no need to read music, and you don't even need any prior experience. All you need is the desire to have a great weekend making music in an amazing space!

Singing in the Shed 2020 will take place on Friday 7th to Sunday 9th February 2020.
The brand new Shed Fringe takes place Thursday 6th - Friday 7th February 2020.

How to book: This page tells you everything you need to know about options and costs. Take a look, and then email to reserve your place!

The Singing

Four expert leaders teach everything “by ear”, listen and repeat. There’s no need to read music. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you and the group of 125 other guys just like you can pick up brilliant songs in three or four part harmony

The Singing Venue

The weekend largely takes place in an amazing, vast, ‘industrial cathedral’ - the Engine Shop at the Enginuity Museum in Coalbrookdale. It’s a fantastic space with a soaring ceiling, amazing oak beams - and yes, it’s well heated, even in February

The Accommodation

Many of our singers choose the option to stay in the nearby Coalbrookdale youth hostel - it’s been totally full every year we’ve run the event. Or if you prefer, you can book a ticket without accommodation, and organise your own place to stay

NEW! Shed Fringe

For the very first time at Singing in the Shed, the Shed Fringe is your chance to make your weekend just that little bit longer. Includes a pub shanty session, an expert local history tour, optional African drumming... and more singing!

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The Songs

We’ve sung new pop songs, old pop songs, African tribal songs, Georgian drinking songs, sea shanties and songs from around the world; we’ve sung songs in Welsh, songs in Xhosa… Our leaders are experts are picking songs that just ‘work’ for our group

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The Area

Coalbrookdale, just up the road from Ironbridge, played a pivotal role in the Industrial Age. It’s where iron ore was first smelted by Abraham Darby using coking coal. If you come to our Fringe you can take part in a guided tour!

Outline schedule for the weekend

We send out a detailed scheduled nearer the event, but for an idea of what the weekend is like, here’s a rough outline:

  • Thursday evening and Friday daytime - the optional Shed Fringe! (see below for more information)

  • Friday evening dinner followed by a singing workshop with all four leaders

  • Saturday morning breakfast followed by a two hour morning session with one of our leaders

  • Saturday lunchtime buffet lunch, followed by an optional sing of a song learned in advance in the beautiful nearby church

  • Saturday early afternoon your choice from two different 90 minute singing workshops

  • Saturday late afternoon the last full singing workshop of the day

  • Saturday evening dinner in the Engine Shed, optional pub trip and mega pub sing

  • Sunday morning recap from the leaders, followed by a sing through of the weekend’s songs for family and friends in the museum


The 2020 team


Anna Tabbush

Anna Tabbush is a community choir leader, choral arranger, singer and multi-instrumentalist based in Midhurst, West Sussex.

Anna grew up in a musical household and started performing professionally at the tender age of 15 in her parents’ ceilidh band.. She started her first community choir at Kingston University while studying for a degree in Music and Technology.

Since then Anna has set up over 20 community choirs. Her arrangements of folk and contemporary songs from Britain and around have been sung by choirs across the country.

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Dom Stichbury

Dominic is a singer and group singing advocate. Since 2009 he’s been encouraging people to sing together in village halls, offices, prisons, schools and building new communities through this life changing activity.

Dom believes it is possible for us all to explore our innate musicality and expressivity using our voices.

A particular focus of Dom’s is getting men into singing communities, believing that a male choir can be an alternative space for men to gather outside the usual meeting places on offer.


Roxanne Smith

Roxane has been running community choirs and a variety of singing groups since 1998, with the fundamental mission of make singing in harmony accessible and fun.

Roxanne currently runs five weekly choirs, and over the years she has set up and run teenage singing groups, worked extensively with singing groups in drug and alcohol rehab, led singing for people with Parkinson’s, worked in schools for the Welsh National Opera community projects, and brought the joy of singing to many different people.


Philip Read

Philip is a singer and choir leader who just loves harmony singing! Along with Dave he is also one of the founders of Singing in the Shed.

Philip started ‘MAN CHOIR’, his first community choir in 2013, and today it is a 40-strong group of passionate and enthusiastic singers. Philip also runs ‘The Rivers’, an auditioned acapella group, and has just completed a diploma in choir conducting at the Royal Academy in Denmark. Talk to Philip about any musical queries you might have about the weekend.

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Dave Mountain

Along with Philip, Dave is one of two founders of Singing in the Shed. He’s the person to go to with any questions about the event, the stewards, the catering, the accommodation etc., and the chap who’ll lovingly handle all your bookings!

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Ian Hughson

Ian is our chief steward does a superb job meeting you all and then telling you all where to go…. He’s a central part of our team and his dedication and hard work produces fantastically smooth and fun events every year.


Brand new - The Shed Fringe!

Each year, when the Shed finishes… we can’t believe it’s all over so quickly. It seems like it’s a just blink of an eye before it’s time to go home. It was from this feeling that the idea of the Shed Fringe was born, and we’re dead excited to be running it this year for the very first time!

What is it?

It a nutshell, it’s an extra night at the Shed, with a range of brilliant activities (including some more singing, of course!) This is what we’re offering in the first ever Shed Fringe:

  • One night’s accommodation at the Coalbrookdale YHA on Thursday 6th Feb

  • A night of shanty singing in a nearby pub on Thursday

  • On the morning of Friday 7th, an expert guided walking tour of Ironbridge (weather dependent)

  • Friday early afternoon a 90 minute singing workshop with one of our singing leaders

  • Friday mid afternoon African drumming workshops lead by an expert facilitator, suitable for beginners (optional and subject to an additional charge)

  • Then from Friday evening you join the main Singing in the Shed weekend as normal!

Watch the Shed in Action

This clip gives you a hint of how we learn songs together, and the sound we make. More videos coming soon!


Choose a Singing in the Shed weekend ticket either with or without hostel accommodation.
You can also add the optional Shed Fringe starting on the Thursday, an optional drumming workshop at the Shed Fringe - and the ever-popular Singing in the Shed t-shirts.

Singing in the Shed weekend ticket, accommodation included


This ticket includes:

  • Access to all main Shed weekend singing workshops on Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday morning
  • Two nights accommodation in the Coalbrookdale YHA on Friday and Saturday
  • Dinner on Friday evening and Saturday evening, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning, Lunch on Saturday
  • Complimentary soft drinks and tea / coffee with all meals

This ticket does not include:

  • Access to any of the Shed Fringe
  • Any alcoholic drinks

Singing in the Shed weekend ticket, no accommodation


With this ticket you are responsible for finding and paying for your own accommodation.

Note: there is STRICTLY LIMITED AVAILABILITY for this ticket, and Singing in the Shed reserve the right to manage availability at all times.

This ticket includes:

  • Access to all main Shed weekend singing workshops on Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday morning
  • Lunch and dinner on Saturday evening
  • Complimentary soft drinks and tea / coffee with all meals

This ticket does not include:

  • Any breakfasts
  • Dinner on Friday evening
  • Access to any of the Shed Fringe
  • Any alcoholic drinks

Shed Fringe ticket (optional)


The Shed Fringe is an optional extra, and takes place on Thursday evening and Friday day time. It does not give you access to the main Shed weekend which starts on Friday evening.

This ticket includes:

  • Accommodation in Coalbrookdale YHA on Thursday evening
  • Shanty night on Thursday evening
  • Breakfast on Friday morning
  • Expert local walking tour on Friday morning (weather dependent, bring waterproof clothing)
  • 90 minute Singing workshop Friday lunchtime

This ticket does not include:

  • Dinner on Thursday evening
  • Access to any of the main Shed Weekend
  • Accommodation on Friday or Saturday night
  • Food on Friday, Saturday or Sunday (apart from breakfast on Friday morning)

Please note that if you are coming to the Fringe but NOT staying in the hostel for the weekend, you will be unable to sleep in the hostel on the Thursday evening. Fringe ticket holders can only sleep in the hostel on Thursday evening if they have purchased a 'Shed accommodation included' ticket for the weekend festival.

Shed Fringe African Drumming Workshop (optional)


This ticket is only available to those who have purchased the Shed Fringe ticket. It gives you access to a:

  • 1 hour African drumming workshop; djembe provided.

The workshop is suitable for beginners. Requires minimum of ten participants for workshop to proceed.

Singing in the Shed t-shirt (optional)


Purchase one of our ever-popular Singing in the Shed t-shirts, printed on an eco-friendly base tshirt.

How to book

Booking is pretty straightforward. Read through the information above, work out what you'd like to book for, and then email to tell us what you'd like and reserve your place.

We'll reply confirming your choices with you and telling you how to pay. (Your place is not confirmed until we receive payment).

If you cant quite work out which option is right for you, or you have any questions, again just drop us a line at - we're here to help!