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Courses

 

The Self-Reliant Singer

learn how to create your own tool-box to help maintain optimal vocal
function.

Vetta Wise &
Becky Moseley-Morgan
12th -17th April 2021

Yoga at Mon Plaisir

Yin And Yang Yoga and Vinyasa Flow

Lynda Teasdale
19th - 24th April

Singing for the Mature Voice

Maintaining and caring for the ageing voice - More information coming soon.

Becky Moseley - Morgan

26th April - 1st May 2021

Voice, Presence and Emotional Freedom Technique
for solo singers

An opportunity to explore embodiment, freedom and being ‘in the zone’ in a
relaxed and enabling atmosphere

Fiona Dobie
3rd – 8th May 2021

The Wonder of Watercolour

Embracing watercolour, from simple tonal sketches to
flowing, atmospheric landscapes.

Elizabeth Baldin
10th -15th May 2021

The Creative Singer

Find meaningful expression in the world as a singer

Dr. Susannah Self 
17th - 22nd May 2021

Singing Together

Tips and techniques to equip the ensemble singer.

Vetta Wise &
Becky Moseley-Morgan
24th - 29th May 2021

Information for all courses

Courses are 5 nights in length, running from Monday to the following Saturday. This allows guests to take advantage of cheaper travel options. There will be a minimum of 6 students and a maximum of 10 on each course. 


There is free time factored into every course to allow guests time to explore the area or simply to rest and relax in the garden. The basic course fee covers accommodation, breakfast and evening meal on the day of arrival. Other meals are available at a small additional cost, or guests may choose to eat out in the nearby town. Simple self-catering (no cooking) is possible at Mon Plaisir. The aim is to give guests as many options as possible.


Arrival will be after 2pm on Monday. There will be an evening meal and an informal session to allow you to get to know the other students and to discuss the plan for the week with the
tutor. Breakfast will be at 8.30am every day. Friday may have a concert, exhibition or other event to celebrate what has been achieved in the week. Singing courses will culminate in a performance in the barn at Maison Saffores.
Departure will be on Saturday after breakfast. 

Some courses include a final concert. The venue for the concerts will be The Barn at Maison Saffores. 

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Rooms & Prices

Room descriptions and options

Room Descriptions


1. Cornflower

  • Triple-bedded room with one double and one single bed for either single or double occupancy

2. Delphium

  • Twin bedded room for either single or double occupancy

3. Terracotta.

  • Triple-bedded room with one double and one single bed for either single or double occupancy

4. The Den.

  • This room is on the garden level of the house and is a large single

5. Le Zoo.

  • Small single room with stunning views over Pyrenees

6. Maison Saffores.

  • Local B&B. Double room or single room. Transport provided to and from this venue.

7. Non residential

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Costs & Prices

Costs:
5 Night course in the south of France:

Inclusive Of:

  • Tuition

  • Bed & Breakfast

  • Evening meal on day of arrival

Prices:
(Depending on size of room and single or double occupancy)
Options

Option One; Cornflower, Delphinium, or Terracotta;

  • Single occupancy £600.00

  • Double occupancy, rate per person £475.00

Option Two; Le Zoo,

  • Single occupancy only £500.00

Option Three; The Den,

  • Single occupancy only £550.00

Option Four; Maison Saffores (local B&B)

  • Single occupancy £600.00

  • Double occupancy, rate per person £475.00

Option Six;
Non-residential (no meals included) £350.00

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Optional Extras

The courses will be timetabled to allow for free time during which you may like to explore the eateries in the local town or further afield. There is a well-stocked supermarket 2KM away for simple self-catering requiring no cooking.  Lunch and dinner can be provided at Mon Plaisir and are optional extras. These can be pre-ordered a minimum of 24 hours in advance. The cuisine will be based on classic, French country cooking. We will cater for dietary requirements, please let us know on the initial booking.

Lunch per person - £10

Dinner including wine (2 courses) - £25

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About The Team

 
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Becky Moseley-Morgan

Artistic Director

In her early career, Rebecca won scholarships to the Royal College of Music and Opera School. She won many awards and prizes including winning the coveted ‘Maggie Teyte award’ for French Song which was the start of her love of France and French song. She was also a runner-up in the Kathleen Ferrier song prize. She sang professionally at Glyndebourne, WNO and Opera 80, amongst others. Her favourite roles were dying heroines. She has died many ways in the course of her career on stage including consumption, stabbing, poisoning, strangling and suicide. She also loved playing Susanna (Figaro) which she performed in three different productions, and also, the very naughty Norina (Don Pasquale). She has performed both of these two roles upwards of a 100 times each. As a
soloist, she has performed throughout the UK, Europe, the Far East and USA, but she has a particular fond memory of performing in the Royal Albert Hall, where she first performed with Sir David Willcocks in the Mozart Requiem from scratch.


Rebecca is currently chair of Education for the British Voice Association, and she is currently involved in research work with colleagues at the BVA on vibrational therapy for vocal fatigue and she is currently pursuing a new research topic based on old and new approaches to breath management in collaboration with Vetta. Both of these projects are currently on hold due to COVID.


In addition to her busy voice studio in Oxford, she gives workshops throughout the UK on the functionality of the voice, voice science, tips and techniques for choral singers, maintaining the mature voice and breathing. She is an adjudicator for the International and British Federation of Music Festivals.


Rebecca has an MA in musicology and is currently nearing the end of her PhD research at UCL. Her research investigates what interventions can maintain the functionality of the mature female voice. Findings from this study are statistically significant and support the hypotheses that the vocal competency of the mature female singer can be sustained through effective pedagogy. Rebecca was runner-up for the Van Lawrence research prize for her work with the ageing voice. In addition to her research on the ageing voice, Rebecca also has over 30 years of experience in training this age group and her research supports what she has observed in practice over these years. Her greatest pleasure as a teacher comes from being able to use her research and expertise to restore function to an ageing voice, and she loves to share the joy the student experiences in so doing.

 
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Vetta Wise

Artistic Director

Vetta was born in South Africa. She studied voice, piano and opera at the University of Cape Town  (UCT) and then continued on scholarship at the Royal College of Music (RCM) Opera School. She won prizes at the RCM, did courses at the Vienna and Nice Conservatoires, and performed in recitals and oratorio in the UK and South Africa, in opera at South Africa’s State Theatre and as soloist with the Cape Town Symphony and SABC National Orchestras. 

As Chorus Master of Cape Town Opera for 12 years, she helped establish the ground-breaking Choral Training Programme, drawing talent from communities marginalised under apartheid.  She was also Director of Music of the Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town, and several other choirs and ensembles.


Vetta held singing teaching posts at UCT, where she lectured in Opera and Drama (also creating a new musical theatre vocal course) as well as in Choral Training and Music Education. She presented workshops and adjudicated festivals throughout South Africa, and co-ordinated and trained choral forces large and small for performances by, among others, Yehudi Menuhin, Seiji Ozawa, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sir David Willcocks and Luciano Pavarotti. She served on several national committees, including those of the Caltex Massed Choir Festivals (in which she conducted choral groups 1,500-strong) and the Musica Mundi Choir Olympics. She received the Nederburg Opera Award and the SAA Prize for her contribution to choral music and opera in South Africa.


Based in the UK since 2002, Vetta has conducted, founded  and worked with many award-winning choirs and ensembles, including the Pakefield Singers, and the acclaimed vocal ensemble Seraphim, which performed locally, nationally and overseas, as well as on the BBC. She has conducted choirs in Italy, Austria, Jersey, Germany and Denmark.


Vetta was a voice tutor for the University of East Anglia and has a busy private singing studio. She presents voice workshops and singing days for choirs and teachers, and master classes for solo singers, Some projects  have been training and conducting festival massed choirs in many of the great choral works, including the Mozart, Verdi and Fauré requiems, Haydn’s Creation and Nelson Mass, and Orff’s Carmina Burana; and an Opera Gala at Blythburgh.  She was appointed chorus director for Britten’s War Requiem at Bury Cathedral for the Britten Centenary celebrations. She is frequently on the juries of singing competitions and festivals, including the recent  “International Voices of South Africa” online competition.


Recently Vetta pioneered “Better Breathing” workshops for singers, drawing on her experiences as a singer and teacher,  and was invited to collaborate at NHS pulmonary rehabilitation physiotherapy sessions.  She also enjoys curating concerts that give musicians the opportunity to share their talents with the local community in the beautiful and historic churches of East Anglia.  

 
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Fiona Dobie

Course Leader

Fiona studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and the Royal College of Music. She won many prizes and scholarships at both colleges, was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Competition and the French Song Prize winner in the s’Hertogenbosch International Singing Competition. A wide-ranging solo career followed, performing with conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington and Sir Simon Rattle, song recitals with Malcolm Martineau, principal roles with Glyndebourne on Tour, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Opera North as well as broadcasts and festivals in Europe and USA. Alongside singing, Fiona began teaching over thirty years ago, and for over a decade has been an associate teacher of international New York-based vocal pedagogue, David Jones. She has given workshops at The Royal College of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and also adjudicated song competitions for Trinity Laban. She teaches annually at Oxenfoord International Summer School, and for several years for the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge under Stephen Layton, also teaching on Oxford Lieder’s Mastercourse. More recent invitations to share Voice, Presence and EFT have been from The Royal Academy of Music in London, and The Young Artists Studio for The Royal Dutch Opera in Amsterdam. Fiona is primarily a singing teacher, but her study and practice of EFT, other energy modalities and connection to Meribeth Dayme’s ‘Core singing’ principles, deepen a passion to teach holistically, encouraging an integration of sound singing technique with inner freedom, allowing the immediacy of vibrant communication in performance.

 
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Lynda Teasdale

Course Leader

Lynda has worked in the fitness industry for over 21 years and has taught dance, aerobics, boxercise and fat water therapy treatment. However, her great passion is for Yoga and she has been a Yoga instructor for 15 years. Lynda says about Yoga ‘I really enjoy teaching, I like to help people feel comfortable taking part and encouraging a healthy mind, body and spirit’

 
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Dr. Susannah Self

Course Leader

Dr Susannah Self ARCM, MPhil Cantab studied at Royal College of Music, Cambridge and The Royal  Birmingham Conservatoire. Her compositional methodology features quilting which socialogically  embraces diversity through music. Recent commissions include: Fast: Spitalfields Festival 2020,  Wave Form: Royal Birmingham Ballet 2019, Quilt Song: Birmingham Old Rep 2018, SLAP:  Birmingham Contemporary Music Group 2018, Freedom Bridge: Birmingham Opera Company  2017, The Butt: Musictheatertage, Vienna 2016, Tardebigge Song Festival 2013, The Boy from  Brazil: Tête a Tête, 2012, Heroic Women: Royal Opera House, Garden Venture, 1992.


Dr Self has  also sung as a mezzo soloist in many opera houses in Europe in particular for Opéra du Rhin in  Strasbourg, The Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp and Ghent and The Landestheater in Salzburg. For over  twenty years she has facilitated holistic voice and sound immersion programmes for Skyros in  Greece, Esalen in California, Rancho la Puerta in Mexico and Dartington Summer School. Dr Self teaches composition at Junior Guildhall, her publisher is Composers Edition  https://composersedition.com/composers/susannahself.

 
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Elizabeth Baldin

Course Leader

Elizabeth trained at Bristol Art College, where she qualified with a BA (Hons) in graphic design. At the end of her course, she moved back to Berkshire and for many years was employed as a book designer for a major publishing company. Having always devoted as much of her spare time as possible to painting and drawing, in 2007 she decided to become a full-time artist and began to exhibit her work. She has taken part in a number of successful exhibitions in and around Berkshire and Hampshire since then. Her paintings have been reproduced by Fine Art Publishers and sold in galleries throughout England. She is a member of the Reading Guild of Artists, the Wokingham Arts Group, and the Woodley and Earley Arts Group.


Elizabeth is a versatile artist, able to work in most media, but happiest when painting landscapes and seascapes in acrylics or watercolours. Her inspiration comes from observing her surroundings in the Berkshire and Hampshire countryside - trying to capture the light and atmosphere as it changes so dramatically depending on the weather and the seasons, is an ongoing challenge. She also has a deep fascination for the Scottish Islands and often travels to sketch and paint at various locations in both Europe and the United States to gather more reference for her work back home in her studio.


Having taught and demonstrated painting and drawing for over 10 years, Elizabeth is able to tutor groups of all levels – from encouraging complete beginners to gain more confidence to enabling more experienced artists to progress and develop their work. She feels strongly that, with time and practise, anyone can learn to paint and draw and can improve and develop their own particular style.