The Singer as Artist
with Alison Wells
Accompanist: Richard Shaw
Friday 1 – Sunday 3 March 2019
Course No. 3321
Solo Study Course
A singer needs a colour palette as varied as a painter; find your vocal colour palette through text and technique. This course will help you to connect your imagination and understanding of text to underpin and enhance your vocal technique – and vice versa. It’s easy to think of communication and technique as being separate strands of our learning, but getting them to work together is most satisfying and liberating. By doing so, the singer can improve their connection with the audience and better express the intentions of the composer and librettist.
This course is suitable for anyone who has experience of solo singing in front of an audience. Repertoire is free choice of song, opera or oratorio, and the only stipulation is that you must understand, in word for word detail, the text you are singing, especially if it is not in your native language. Bring several pieces to explore, and enjoy finding different ways of making them come alive. You may also wish to attend with a fellow singer to work on duets. The classes will be informal, with constructive participant feedback encouraged. We may use movement, so wear comfortable clothing. Most importantly – bring an open mind!
All courses are held at Jackdaws in Great Elm, a small village to the west of Frome in Somerset, approximately 14 miles south of Bath. Frome Train station is just 3 miles from Jackdaws with direct trains from Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and London.
A £50 deposit is required to secure your place on this course.
The Course Fee is inclusive of all meals, refreshments and tuition at Jackdaws, except Breakfast which is included in the separate B&B fee.
The balance payments for fees are due 3 weeks before the course start date, as indicated on your deposit receipt. Balance payments can be made in the following ways;
- By card, phone 01373 812383
- By cheque
- By bank transfer (BACS info sent out on request)
Accommodation Fees are payable in addition to the Course Fee. Jackdaws will take care of booking your accommodation; B&B rooms will be allocated a few weeks before the course starts, and we will send you details of where you are staying. B&B rates start at £39 per night (single room, shared bathroom) and from £49 (en suite, subject to availability) including booking fee.
B&B accommodation is arranged with local hosts, who are happy to welcome Jackdaws course participants, and includes a continental breakfast. Several are within walking distance of Jackdaws in Great Elm, and in neighbouring villages just a short drive away (5 – 10 minutes). Alternatively, we can arrange accommodation in local inns and guest houses (with a cooked breakfast available) please call us to discuss your requirements.
If you are vegetarian/vegan or have any food allergies please let us know in plenty of time, so that our cooks can plan the meals for the weekend accordingly. All meals and refreshments (except breakfast) are prepared and served at Jackdaws by our dedicated cooks, Loo and Alex. We are ‘allergy aware’, but we rely on participants letting us know if they have specific food allergies. Please also let us know if you carry any emergency medication.
During the weekend, communal lunch and dinner will be served at the table, allowing you to converse with your fellow participants and tutors.