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Tony Backhouse Sing Your Heart Out Retreat

November 29 @ 4:00 pm - December 1 @ 2:00 pm

$345.00 – $655.00

Tony Backhouse, BA, B.Mus, is one of the leaders in the Australasian a cappella movement.

Tony Backhouse founded Australia’s foremost a cappella gospel choir Café of the Gate of Salvation in 1986 and directed it for 21 years. He arranged and composed the bulk of their repertoire and still writes music regularly for them. He founded a cappella choir the Honeybees and has directed and sung with the reclusive male a cappella group the Heavenly Light Quartet since 1996. In demand for his inspiring teaching style, Tony has run more than 2000 vocal workshops throughout the world for the public, for festivals, schools, universities, churches, organisation’s and corporate training events.

What others have said about Tony

Backhouse is Australasia’s premier arranger and teacher of a cappella gospel. Tim Finn says he is quite simply the finest vocal arranger he knows and Sam Neill reckons he’s a national treasure.” -Roi Colbert, New Zealand Listener “Tony Backhouse has been, and continues to be, a major influence on music in Sydney and beyond. The a cappella revival is almost entirely due to him.” -Martin Wesley-Smith, composer, Australia “Tony Backhouse’s voice can be heard several times on The Cafe of the Gate of Salvation and each time he manages to cleverly shape otherwise simple melodic lines. He’s very effective at blending into the ensemble and then appearing again, wrapping around notes, gliding above the sopranos, growling between the tenors and baritones. Few ensemble leaders have as clear an understanding of their group’s sonic spectrum, and how their voice fits within as a soloist. – Contemporary Acappella Society of America.

Tony Backhouse delivered a fun-filled and spirit-filled workshop. He knows his stuff and teaches it in the true oral tradition, creating a wonderful learning experience for professional and beginner singers alike. I had a great time singing and I learned lots. A get-down, joyful, funky weekend! – Brian Tate, Music Director, City Soul Choir, Vancouve

Tickets will become available on 8 April 2024

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November 29 @ 4:00 pm
December 1 @ 2:00 pm
$345.00 – $655.00
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Mana Retreat Centre
608 Manaia Road, State Highway 25, RD1
Coromandel, 3581 New Zealand
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Tuition ($200) Shared Room with shared bathroom (for female participant) & meals ($355)
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Tuition ($200) Shared Room with ensuite (for male participant) & meals ($385)
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Tuition ($200) Camping (own equipment) & meals ($255)
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We draw special attention to two of our guidelines before registration: Mana provides lacto-ovo vegetarian food only, this means no fish or chicken and is an alcohol and drug free environment.

Mana caters for Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan.

Cancellation Policy

This group requires a minimum number of participants to go ahead, if that number is not reached we reserve the right to cancel the event.

Should you, for any reason, decide to cancel your registration; please note our cancellation policy :

  • A $50 administrative fee is applied to all cancellations.
  • A Tuition cancellation fee may apply in certain circumstances.
  • These policies are reassessed in certain circumstances.


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