The French chanson and mélodie repertoire contains some of the most beautiful songs ever written, by the greatest composers in history. Fauré, Berlioz, Poulenc, Duparc, Debussy, Ravel, Chausson…
Robin Bowman is an expert in French song. For 30 years he was French consultant to the National Opera Studio, London, and from 1997 to 2008 was Head of Vocal Studies at the Guildhall School of Music. For 25 years he taught at the Académie Internationale Maurice Ravel, and spent a further 11 at the Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice. He played for the classes of Pierre Bernac, the singer for whom Poulenc wrote more than half of his songs, during the last ten years of Bernac’s life in the 1970s. Robin was delighted to be on the adjudication panel for the Kathleen Ferrier Competition 2013.
To learn French song is to learn French culture, custom, ideas, history and traditions.
When taught and coached well, French is a healthy and rewarding language for singing. This course is open to singers of all abilities and will enable each participant to study and perform three or four French songs of their own choice, further preparing their favourite for an intimate Sunday afternoon concert at the end of the course.