Hand in Hand – Vocal Workshops
Saturday 13 July 2013, 10am – 6pm
The Troxy, Limehouse
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 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 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
Louise 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.
Loré 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.