Upcoming Singing in French with Robin Bowman

  •  September 13, 2024 - September 15, 2024
     6:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Jackdaws Vocal Course Leader Robin Bowman
Level: All abilities
Fee: £352

Singing in French

with Robin Bowman

Explore the joys, insights and rewards of Singing in French. Robin will expertly explain and demonstrate the principles, and maintains that these techniques will improve your general vocal health too. Within the rich treasury of French song are works suitable for all, from beginners to advanced singers.

For thirty-five years Robin Bowman was the principal teacher of French vocal repertoire at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. For many years he worked as assistant and class accompanist in France for the singer Pierre Bernac, the renowned authority on the performance of French song, and the vocal duo partner of Francis Poulenc, for whom Poulenc composed more than half of his songs. Robin was also for thirty years the French consultant for the National Opera Studio in London and taught for several years on the staff of the Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice. Many current professional singers from the UK and elsewhere gained their initial introduction to French vocal repertoire under Robin’s guidance.

Participants are invited to prepare 3-4 songs to study over the weekend, at least one of them to perform in the informal concert at the end of the course.

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.

Details Price Qty
Attendee - Deposit £70.00 (GBP)  


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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