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Learn how to sing with an expert

By Essex Chronicle  |  Posted: March 14, 2013

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LEARNING how to use one's voice as a singer is vital. I am no model in that respect, I am afraid, but there was a time when I could sing solo songs with confidence.

Readers have that chance with a Solo Vocal Workshop on Saturday, April 13 at New Hall School, Boreham, near Chelmsford. The workshop starts at 10.15am and ends at 7pm, by which time everyone should be thoroughly exhausted. It is being led by Ian Kennedy (Professor of Singing at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama).

The idea for the workshop is simple. It provides an opportunity for at least two solo sessions of 20 minutes during the day, with observation for the remainder.

Advice is invaluable in circumstances like this and with such an experienced tutor, it should help participants learn how to get the best out of their voices.

The fee for the day is £65, and the closing date for bookings is this weekend. Observers only need pay £5. For further details contact Teresa Downs (Phone 07528 674846 or email tj@downs410.wanadoo.co.uk)

I have 40 singers who form the Anglia Singers and they will be doing their best to produce the right sort of sound when they perform on Sunday, March 24 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, The Avenue, Braintree at 7pm.

Faure's Requiem is the main work with Malcolm Williamson's Procession of Palms, spirituals and anthems by British composers completing the programme.

Tickets cost £6 and are on sale from Proper Gander, Little Square, Braintree and The Presbytery, OLQPO, as well as by phone (01245 350988). A contribution from the concert will go towards supporting the Braintree Youth Projects.

Amongst the composers included in the Braintree programme is Sir Edward Elgar and a close contemporary of his was another Sir Edward – Bairstow.

His compositions entered the repertoire of the Anglican Church and the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge directed by David Hill and accompanied by the Britten Sinfonia, show how gifted he was as a composer (Hyperion CDA 67497). It is no criticism to say that these are not pieces that would set the musical world alight, but the six anthems and service settings are performed with some commitment.

Chris Green

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