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Singing Workshops 2018

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Singing Technique workshop for Choir Singers with Helen Porter
Sunday 18th February
2pm – 4pm
Old Chapel, Calstock

You don’t have to sing in a choir to attend this workshop, but if you do, or are thinking of joining a choir, this will give you a sound training in the basics of vocal technique, and help you to develop your singing on a sound footing. During the workshop, as well as practicing exercises and techniques, you will also learn some simple ‘miniature songs’ in order to practice correct articulation, intonation, resonance and breath control.

Madrigals Weekend
Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 May, 10am – 4.00pm
The Old Chapel, Calstock Arts
Cost: £65

Springtime Madrigals in Calstock. An intensive weekend of rehearsing is concluded with a public performance of wonderful English madrigals at the Old Chapel on Sunday afternoon. Please register your interest early to be sure of a place on this very popular weekend, and state whether you would like to sing soprano, alto, tenor or bass. You must be able to either read music fairly well, or be happy to work with practice recordings prior to the weekend in order to familiarise yourself with the music.

All madrigals will be selected from the Oxford Book of English Madrigals, and recordings will be available in advance of the weekend.

IN TUNE: Creative Arts Holiday with Helen Porter & Peter Ursem
Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 June
Gresham House Studios
£455 residential; £375 non-residential
Max 8 participants

In our last seven years of courses at Gresham House Studios participants regularly asked if we would consider doing a combined course. We think we may have cracked the concept with this creative arts holiday, of which each course day will consist of a half day for music and singing, and the other half for creative arts. (You'll hardly notice it but your chef and tutor will change hats quite a bit!) The workshop will include ingredients from our other courses, for example discovering your voice, singing in harmony, drawing and printing techniques, but the main focus is experimenting with the creative process, and of course soaking up the inspiration guaranteed from a Gresham House retreat.

Singing Theatre with Helen Porter & Alexander Ling
Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July
Friday 11am start at Gresham House Studios Fri/Sat: GHS; Sunday Performance at the Old Chapel, Calstock Arts
£345 residential; £285 non-residential
Max 8 participants

This is a fun weekend for singers who like the idea of combining singing with stage work. As well as plenty of singing, the weekend will include stage technique exercises, to help you look and sound confident on stage. Each participant will be able to sing two numbers, which will be staged, and duets can be included if you sign up for the weekend together with a duet partner. There will also be two staged chorus numbers which you will receive in advance of the weekend.

Song Writing Course with Helen Porter
Tuesday 10 July – Thursday 12 July
10am – 4pm daily
Gresham House Studios
£355 residential (two nights); £255 non-residential
Max 6 participants

Last year Helen ran this course for the first time and it proved to be a very creative experience for all participants. By the end of the three days all had produced at least one finished song which was then performed and recorded by the group. You may already write poems and songs, or you might be a total beginner – it doesn’t matter. During the course you will learn techniques to help you structure a song and develop lyrics. You can either work from scratch, or bring an idea you would like to develop into a song.

Jazz Singing into Performance with Helen Porter, Jonathan Taylor (piano) and James Budden (double bass)
Wednesday 25 July to Saturday 28 July
Performance: Friday evening, Old Chapel, Calstock
£485 residential; £395 non-residential
Max 8 participants

This is an intensive jazz course for singers wanting to improve their solo performance. With only eight singers on the course and three tutors there is plenty of opportunity for individual singing. You should be a reasonably confident singer already, and come with three jazz standards already memorised. At the end of the course you will perform at the Old Chapel, Calstock accompanied by jazz pros Jonathan Taylor on piano and James Budden on double bass.

A Singing Weekend for under confident Singers!
Thursday 23 & Friday 24 August
Gresham House Studios
£195 residential; £165 non-residential
Max participants: 8

Many people love singing in choirs, but are terrified of singing solo. However, it’s only when you learn more about your own voice that you can develop confidence. This course offers a safe environment to explore your singing. With a group of eight like-minded singers you will learn miniature songs and exercises. Everyone will learn from listening to each other as well as from the individual tuition. This weekend will be a revelation, and is guaranteed to help you take your singing to another level altogether.

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Singing and Art Workshops in the Tamar Valley

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