Workshop

Phil Minton’s Feral Choir: Workshop and Concert

The Old Library, Workshop 2-5pm, Concert 8-10pm

£12.00 including dinner*

The Feral Choir is a vocal experience for those who sing, for those who do not sing and for those who will never sing. Led by the unique and extraordinary singer and improvisation musician Phil Minton, the feral choir is a vocal workshop, concluding with a live performance of improvised noise at Salon Imaginaire #4.

The workshops are for anyone who enjoys the freedom to experiment. During the period of the workshop, Phil encourages participants to take a leap into the unknown and explore their vocal potential through exercises and improvisations.

Schedule:

Workshop: 2-5pm
Setup for concert: 5-5.30pm
Break: 5.30-6:30pm
Dinner: 6:30-7:30pm
Concert: 8-10pm, including 45-minutes performance by the Feral Choir.

"My recent experience of working with singers, many of whom think they cannot sing, has strengthened my conviction that the human voice is capable of so much more than is generally understood. In the workshops I have encouraged participants to realise that anyone who can breathe, is capable of producing sounds that give a positive aesthetic contribution to the human condition and many of these contributions are without any cultural influences or references." Phil Minton

"After singing with the feral choir I felt elated and alive. My voice felt bigger afterwards, and I find myself still appreciating how much it can do."

Feral Choir participant

Phil Minton

For most of the last forty years, Minton has been working as an improvising singer in lots of groups, orchestras, and situations. Numerous composers have written music especially for his extended vocal techniques. He has a quartet with Veryan Weston, Roger Turner and John Butcher, and ongoing duos, trios and quartets with above and many other musicians.

Since the eighties, Minton's Feral Choir workshops and performances have been held in many different places around the world including Berlin, Centre for Performance Research Cardiff, Musickzentrum Munich, Tokyo, Angelica Bologna, City Festival Lausanne, Institute for Living Voice Antwerp, Baltimore, Nante, Brest, Oxford, Paris, Oakland, Melbourne, St. Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bristol, Pau, Florence, Le Man, Trondheim, Rotterdam, Ghent, Zurich, Nancy Vandoeuvre, Poitiers, London, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Brugge, Strasbourg, and Aberystwyth.

Acknowledgments

* West Dean's Salon Imaginaire is committed to making new music available to all. With support from the PRS Foundation's The Open Fund we are able to offer this workshop, including dinner, at this price.