Expired Breathing Life into Text with Owain Browne

  •  February 16, 2024 - February 18, 2024
     6:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Owain Browne
Level: All abilities
Fee: £352

Breathing Life into Text

with Owain Browne

Owain Browne returns to Jackdaws this season to offer a chance to singers of all levels of experience and confidence to explore the expressive power of their voices. Text will be at the centre of this exploration, with a strong focus on both the meaning of the words and the mechanics of how we produce them. 

At the core of singing is the goal of a free and consistent flow of breath to create the line. So often however as singers we find that we have to compromise between our desire to accurately communicate text while keeping that line flowing. This course will focus on finding the joy in the sounds of words and in the sensations of producing them in a sung line, as well as how our imaginative connection to text can unlock our voices and free our breath: to breathe life into text.

Working collaboratively in a spirit of mutual support and exploration, this course will be suitable for singers of any level of experience and training. Any repertoire that you have that has text would be suitable for this course but Owain is particularly experienced in working on Art Song and Opera in English, French, German and Italian. 

A £70 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.

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Venue Phone: 01373 812383

Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Great Elm, Frome, Somerset, BA11 3NY, United Kingdom


Course Information

Is this Course right for me?

The answer is probably yes as we welcome musicians of all abilities and backgrounds on our courses but if you would like to find out more before you book please do email or call our office manager Karolyn on 01373812383 / music@jackdaws.org and she will be able to offer further guidance.

Observer places may also be bookable subject to availability call/email the office for more information.

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.

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