Have you done less singing than usual during the pandemic? Are you finding it difficult to motivate yourself to practice on your own?
VOICE FITNESS is a half-hour Zoom session twice a week – Mondays and Fridays, with 25 minutes of general warm-up exercises and 5 minutes for questions. There will also be a focus each month on a particular aspect of singing technique – posture, breathing, resonance.
Sessions are Mondays at 2-2.30, Fridays 9.30-10
Fees are £2.50 per session, or £10 for a calendar month (attend as many sessions as you wish). There will be at least 6 sessions every month.
During the class you will remain muted while you sing, your camera may be on or off.
Huddersfield Choral Society is delighted to invite singers from across the world to join us in our first ever online choral workshop.
This 3-hour workshop will be led by Huddersfield Choral Society Director, Gregory Batsleer.
Throughout the afternoon singers will spend time getting underneath the skin and exploring the well known and frequently performed Mozart Requiem. Gregory will guide singers through this remarkable work, exploring some of the trickier sections as well as highlighting some of its most interesting and challenging corners.
The session will feature input from Huddersfield Choral Society Vocal Coach Joyce Tindsley. Joyce will lead the warm-up at the beginning of the session as well as provide some useful tips and advise on vocal technique, particularly in relation to Mozart Requiem.
As part of this event we are thrilled to be welcoming the internationally renowned baritone Roderick Williams to talk to us about his illustrious career, as well as giving us his thoughts on the place of choral music in contemporary culture.
This online workshop promises to be a fruitful afternoon of choral adventure from the comfort of your own homes.
Participation in the workshop is free. However, we welcome donations of any amount to support the continued work of the Huddersfield Choral Society.
Roderick Williams is one of this country’s most sought after baritones and is constantly in demand on the concert platform and in recital, encompassing a repertoire from the baroque to world premieres. In 2016 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Singer of the year award.
Gregory Batsleer is widely regarded as one of the leading Choral Conductors and most innovative musicians of his generation. Gregory is Chorus Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Director of the Huddersfield Choral Society.
Joyce Tindsley is an experienced vocal tutor as well as being a working professional singer. Connected with the BBC for 30 years, firstly as a member of the BBC Northern Singers and latterly the Daily Service Singers. She was appointed vocal coach to the Huddersfield Choral Society in September 2017.
Lockdown and a general lack of singing opportunities have made regular singing more difficult to achieve in the past year. As we think about life returning to normal, whenever that may be, it seems a good time to begin a series of online classes, via Zoom, dealing with some of the vocal problems that may have occurred as we have sung less during lockdown. Classes are open to singers of all abilities. The next two topics are:
Thursday April 15th10-12 Vocal Stamina
Thursday May 6th 10-12 Vocal control and tuning
The first class will look at how we can increase our vocal stamina after so long away from our regular singing opportunities
The second class will be looking at regaining control over our voices, and focussing particularly on good tuning, which may have suffered during lockdown .
For both sessions we will be looking at a range of vocal and physical exercises as well as singing “together”. As we will be working on Zoom you will be muted during group singing and only able to hear Joyce. Some find they enjoy the experience more if headphones are worn.
Classes are £20 each or £35 if you book both.
Future topics include volume control and tension. For more information and to book your place please email firstname.lastname@example.org
To help those of you struggling to get motivated with your singing practice I have put five sets of daily exercises on my YouTube channel – five 2-minute exercise videos for each day, for 5 days, covering breathing, diction, scales etc. They are intended as a gentle kickstart to your practising, a nudge to get you back to work again! When lockdown is over we need to make sure our voices are working well – use it, don’t lose it!
We will all come out of lockdown with new skills. Maybe now’s the time to think about improving your knowledge and awareness of the music you are working on. Understanding what’s on the page makes life a lot easier.
Why not join me on Zoom for my two-part course on RHYTHM AND COUNTING. Being aware of note-lengths and timing makes managing phrases so much easier, and enables you to use your breathing technique more effectively.
Courses cost £20 per session or you can book them both for £35.
Hasn’t life changed! For those of you who normally sing regularly in lessons, choirs, classes etc and are now unable to, remember to keep exercising your voice daily, and keep up the breathing exercises too. If you need a bit of a nudge visit my YouTube channel – and you can sing, and breathe, with me.
Here are some breathing exercises to get you practising and ready to concentrate on improving your singing. We will all come out of lockdown with new skills, maybe now’s the time to think about improving your knowledge and awareness of the music you are working on. Understanding what’s on the page makes life a lot easier. Why not join me on Zoom for my two-part course on RHYTHM AND COUNTING. Being aware of note-lengths and timing makes managing phrases so much easier, and enables you to use your breathing technique more effectively.
ONLINERHYTHM AND COUNTING COURSE
Monday June 8th 10am – 12 noon Part 1
Monday June 15th 10am – 12 noon Part 2
Courses cost £20 per session, or you can book both for £35
I’m really enjoying leading vocal coaching sessions for choirs and working with my pupils on Zoom. Just having to click on an invitation link makes it easy to access, and we are all finding just how effective it can be as a learning tool. If you fancy a go get in touch – email@example.com.
I’m offering a FREE 30 minute trial lesson until the end of May.