Solo or duet singers, either amateur or professional, who want to explore performing in an authentic and personal way will enjoy this course. Music of any period or style is welcome. Technique, interpretation, performing philosophy and confidence will be explored in daily masterclasses and informal performances in the evenings. Accompaniment by lute, guitar or piano will be available, and players of these instruments are also welcomed and encouraged to join the course. An informal student concert draws the course to its conclusion on the final afternoon – guests of course members are welcome to attend this afternoon providing notice is given to the Reception team.
Singers joining the course are asked to prepare 4–5 contrasting pieces of their own choice from any period or style (including music theatre). The course will not proceed chronologically, and you may visit several different styles or concentrate on a single genre. Songs should be memorized to obtain maximum benefit from the performing experience. Your selections must be advised in advance of the course, and you should bring an extra copy for accompanists. It is important that you email details of what you intend to bring to the course in advance to enable the tutors to prepare – see Preparation below.
Whilst this course is not suitable for beginners or inexperienced solo singers, students of a wide range of age, ability and training are welcome. Some late afternoon/evening teaching sessions may be included. The tutors will advise at the start of the course.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)