July 7, 2023 - July 9, 2023
6:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Level: All abilities
The Singer as Artist
with Alison Wells
A singer needs a colour palette as varied as a painter. 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. You may also wish to attend with a fellow singer to work on duets.
Sessions will be informal, with constructive participant feedback encouraged. We may use movement, so wear comfortable clothing. Most importantly – bring an open mind!
A £50 deposit is required to secure your place on this course. The balance of fees, including accommodation, is due 3 weeks before the course start date.
Venue Phone: 01373 812383Address:
Please see our General Course Information pages for further details and schedule information.
Our Courses are for adult musicians (except where stated) and take place at Jackdaws in Great Elm, near Frome in Somerset. The Course Fee includes all tuition, meals and refreshments at Jackdaws. Courses take place in the main studio, with Steinway piano, and generally follow a masterclass format. There are several practice rooms here, too.
For Voice, Piano & Wind courses; participants are usually requested to prepare 2 – 3 pieces in advance. We will ask you to provide a repertoire list for the tutor (& accompanist) ahead of the course.
For Ensemble courses; direction will be given by the course leaders.
If you require B&B, we can arrange that for you; accommodation fees are payable in addition to the course fee.
Meals and Refreshments
Lunch, Supper and morning/afternoon refreshments will be prepared on site by our dedicated Cooks. If you are vegetarian/vegan, or have a food allergy, you must let us know in advance, so that our cooks can plan the meals for the weekend accordingly. 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.
Please visit our Covid-19 Secure page for more information.