This is the first in an occasional series where old and new participants share their experience of the Champernowne Summer Course over the years.
I always forget the exact year of my first experience of the Champernowne Summer Course. It was either 1989 or 1990. It was a magical week.
Cumberland Lodge itself was the first wonder. Such a gracious and spacious venue and I was going to be staying here!
Although I was a trained singer, the communal singing which started every day connected me right back to what had made me fall in love with singing at five years old. It was such fun – as was the dancing; something else I hadn’t done since I was small.
I did the writing workshop with Michael Vizard and I remember being profoundly moved by contributions of others in the group.
I was new to Jung, and words like “archetype” and “complex” which were mentioned in lectures opened up a whole new world to me.
Most of all, I made new friends and those friends have remained.
I remember arriving back home and feeling that there had been a seismic shift in me.
I was different.
Musical Director and Course Committee Member