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The Self-Reliant Singer

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

We have designed this course with the aim of equipping the singer with the knowledge and techniques to enable them to maintain the optimal functionality of their voice. In the golden era of the Bel Canto, a student would typically work exclusively with their teacher on a daily basis and would never practice unsupervised. For many reasons, this model is not sustainable for the modern singer. We now have a wealth of knowledge about the voice from recent research and we are able to give singers tools and techniques to tackle typical problems which might occur. A simple regime of exercises which target vocal muscles will be taught. The benefit of this is that the singer can be self-reliant in maintaining vocal function and this will allow the singer freedom to be able focus on musical matters with confidence.
The singer’s tool box should include techniques and regimes for
∙        Warm-up and cool-down
∙        Breathing
∙        Tongue root tension
∙        Constriction
∙        Evenness across the registers
∙        Improving timbre
∙        Improving stamina

 

Schedule

Subject to change at tutor's discretion

Day One

12th April

  • Arrive

  • Dinner followed by fun and informal singing session, get to know each other

Day Two

13th April

  • 8.30am 

    • Breakfast

  • 9.30am

    • Warm-up/technical session

      • Why warm-up?

  • 11.00am

    • Break

  • 11.30am

    • Singing session 1

  • 1.30pm 

    • Lunch

    • Free afternoon. This will be discussed when you arrive.

      • Lunch optional

      • You may like to walk into town. 

      • There may be an organised trip

      • You may like to chill in the garden

  • 6.30pm

    • Dinner

  • 7.15

    • Singing session 2

      • All singers perform the song they worked on in morning session

Day Three

14th April

  • 8.30am 

    • Breakfast

  • 9.30am

    • Warm-up/technical session

      • Feedback from previous evening session

  • 11.00am

    • Break

  • 11.30am

    • Singing session 3

  • 1.30pm 

    • Lunch

    • Free afternoon. This will be discussed when you arrive.

      • Lunch optional

      • You may like to walk into town. 

      • There may be an organised trip

      • You may like to chill in the garden

  • 6.30pm

    • Dinner

  • 7.15

    • Singing session 4

      • All singers perform the song worked on in morning session. 

Day Four

15th April

  • 8.30 

    • Breakfast

  • Market day in Salies-de Bearn. 

    • Free morning to visit market or relax at Mon Plaisir.

  • 3.00pm

    • Singing session 5

  • 6.30pm

    • Dinner 

  • 7.30 pm

    • Singing session 6

    • All join together to discuss programme for Friday’s concert

Day Five

16th April

  • 8.30am 

    • Breakfast

  • 9.30am

    • Warm-up/technique

  • 10.15am

    • Comfort break

  • 10.30am-12.00pm

    • Rehearsal with instructions for evening performance

  • 12.00 noon

    • Comfort break

  • 12.15pm

    • Non-stop run concert run through

  • 1.30pm

    • Lunch This will be main meal of the day

    • After lunch free time to relax and prepare for concert

  • 5.00pm move to concert venue

    • Short rehearsal

    • Tea

    • Concert

  • Back to Mon Plaisir for farewell drinks

Day Six

17th April

  • 8.30 am Breakfast

  • Depart after breakfast at your leisure

 
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Course Leader

Becky Moseley-Morgan

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Course Leader

Vetta Wise

 

Interested?

To send a booking enquiry or ask any questions click below to go to our booking form and get in touch.