Hand in Hand – Vocal Workshops

Saturday 13 July 2013, 10am – 6pm

The Troxy, Limehouse

During the daytime, before our evening concert, we invited all of our guests to participate in workshops led by choral experts James Burton, Chris Rowbury, Loré Lixenberg and Louise Shephard.

The sessions provided an opportunity to learn new singing styles and brush up on technique, as well as to teach songs from scratch that were performed in the evening concert by all participants.

Overview of the workshops

Workshop #1: Operatastic

We started the day with a classical vocal warm-up and a classic Italian opera chorus by Verdi, guided by Maestro James Burton

james-burtonJames Burton is one of the country’s leading choral conductors, trained at St John’s College Cambridge and the Peabody Conservatory. He is the Music Director of Oxford’s Schola Cantorum and former choral Director of the Hallé. He has extensive experience of working with professional as well as amateur and youth choirs.

His workshop opened the festivities with some operatic singing to rehearse the famous chorus of the Hebrew slaves from Verdi’s Nabucco.

Workshop #2: Singing Safari

Chris Rowbury taught traditional music (and movement) from the Maori and Zulu cultures

chris-rowburyChris Rowbury has 30 years’ experience teaching choral music from scratch to small and large groups alike. He has taught at the Royal Festival Hall in London, at several well-known UK drama schools, and at music festivals. He runs regular world music singing groups and community choirs as well as working as a freelance workshop leader and performer, specialising in a wide range of music traditions, from Eastern Europe to Africa.

His workshop taught harmonies as well as moves from two famous traditional music styles, from South Africa and New Zealand. These songs were performed during the evening concert.


Workshop #3: West-End workout

lou-shephardLouise Shephard is a West End singing coach and teaches musical theatre at the Royal Academy of Music. She is also the leader of the Oxford School of Drama 6-month course ‘Acting in Musical Theatre’. She has worked on national productions including Sound of Music and Wizard of Oz and at the moment for Regents Park Open Air Theatre. In her private practise she also works for singers in the pop/rock industry and is currently working with a member of Take That for his upcoming tour..

Her workshop featured a range of techniques and postures for stage singing, bringing life and expression to your favourite tunes! She was accompanied on the piano by Sarah Kershaw, a performer, composer and singer who graduated from the Birmingham conservatoire; she is the co-founder of a new collective of composers and songwriters known as Priniciple Six who debuted at Latitude Festival last year to critical acclaim

Workshop #4: Medieval Mash-up

Loré Lixenberg conjured up some ethereal sounds from the middle ages in this exploration of unaccompanied vocal music.

lore-lixenbergLoré Lixenberg has performed in operas, concert recitals and music theatre across the world and recently featured in Anna Nicole at the ROH. She has also arranged and directed a wide range of musical styles, from medieval plain chant to electro-acoustic pieces, featuring videos and improvised choreography.

Her workshop taught harmonies in plain chant in a few short pieces from various medieval and renaissance composers, including the French Machaut and Arbeau, as variations around the theme of courtly love in the style of medieval troubadours.

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