Cabaret workshop

Course Dates: 22/04/21 - 01/07/21
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Develop your cabaret performance skills in this lively, engaging online workshop. Learn to transition between speech and song and to create a meaningful cabaret sequence. If you are new to this class you need to be assessed beforehand. Please click the pink 'start your interview' button on the right, or contact the music department to arrange a telephone appointment ( Accompanist: Sarah Kershaw
Break week: 3rd June 2021.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: MF930C

Thu, eve, 22 Apr - 01 Jul '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

These lively online workshops will help you develop your own cabaret sequence. Participants will learn how to build and present a short programme of songs with spoken introductions, and how to segue from speech into singing with confidence and flair. For this workshop you must be able to prepare your songs accurately in advance and perform them from memory, the workshop focus will be on how to engage with an audience before your songs, plus some tips on musical style and interpretation.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Repertoire choices for cabaret style, building mood and contrast
- Preparing and delivering spoken introductions/anecdotes
- Sequencing your songs to create a theme to your cabaret
- Performing styles appropriate to cabaret
- Working with a professional accompanist – segues from speech to song
- Perform as part of an ensemble (occasional songs).

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Feel confident building a short programme of (two or three) songs
- Know more about cabaret performance and famous cabaret performers
- Write and perform your own spoken introductions
- Have a greater understanding of how to transition from speaking to singing.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

For this class you should already have significant singing or acting experience, and a relatively secure technique. You must be vocally confident and willing to try new techniques and ideas in front of other class members in a supportive workshop environment. You will be asked to watch and discuss aspect of other singers’ performances.

You do not need to sight-read music, but you must be able to independently learn new repertoire and be confident singing in front of the class so an intermediate understanding of musical notation is required.

If you are new to City Lit singing classes, please take a moment to read our blog: Choosing a singing class at City lit which lists our full sequence of singing classes. If you need further advice about which level is the right one for you, or for more information about the singing programme please contact the music department (

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

For this online course you will need a computer or tablet with a webcam, microphone and reliable internet connection.
We use GOOGLE CLASSROOM to share messages, documents, audio and video files and for you to submit any homework tasks.
We use ZOOM to meet for classes via webcam.

Classes are taught through demonstration, lectures, experimentation and discussion arising out of work in progress. There may be class songs chosen by the tutor and you will be asked to choose your own repertoire and also to try new suggestions made by the tutor.
Sessions may also include work on aural skills and musicianship as applicable.
To make good progress, a regular practise routine is essential and you will need to allow time to practise and experiment with repertoire in order to present your songs regularly in class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need to source your own copies of the music you wish to sing and you will need to upload your music in the google classroom for the accompanist (allowing a week’s notice for recordings to be produced). Details of the google classroom will be emailed to you before the start of the course.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You are invited to keep taking Cabaret workshop courses for a long as you wish. You may also like to consider one of our Sing music theatre workshops or classes in our Drama, Dance and Speech section.

Richard Hartley Wilson

Richard Hartley Wilson trained at Middlesex University, gaining a BA (Hons 1st Class) in Performing Arts. He went on to study a Post Graduate Diploma in Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded the Mary Hammond award for acting through song. He also holds a PGCLTHE from Rose Bruford. Since graduating he has worked consistently as a singer and actor both in the UK and overseas. As a teacher Richard works at drama schools and conservatories across London alongside his work at City Lit. His courses at City Lit include Music Theatre, Cabaret, Sing Broadway, Choral Singing and general singing. In 2018 Richard received a City Lit Teacher of the Year Award.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.