Christmas crooning

Course Dates: 11/12/23
Time: 14:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Don your sparkly jumpers and get into the Christmas spirit as you sing along to some Christmas classics!
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Course Code: MF351

Full Mon, day, 11 Dec - 11 Dec '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

The ‘classic’ Christmas crooners appeared in the television programmes of the 1950 and 60s. Glittering in a
perfect ‘White Christmas’ setting, they sang of every Christmas cliché imaginable. Come and sing some of the classic songs from this ‘Golden Age’ and be enchanted.

What will we cover?

- Some Christmas songs from well-known crooners such as Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Charles
Aznavour, Johnny Mathis, and Sammy Davis Jr.
- The tricky corners of the selected songs so you can sing them in confidence.
- Have a go at replicating the signature performing styles and repertoire of the crooners.

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

- Gain a greater understanding of your voice and how it works
- Understand the vocal features needed to sing in a classic crooner style
- Sing two of the selected songs with more confidence and ease.

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

This is a mixed ability course. Some prior knowledge of music/singing is useful but not essential.

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

The session will begin with a warm-up to ease you into the style of the era and will continue with practical join-in activities with live accompaniment.

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

Materials for the course will be provided on the day.

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

You may wish to join our regular programme of singing classes which you can find listed here in our blog Choosing a singing class at City lit .
If you are unsure which course is best for you, please contact the music department for more guidance at

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.

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