What is the course about?
These lively 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 style and interpretation.
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 classmates’ performances.
You do not need to sight-read music, but you must be able to independently learn new repertoire on a regular basis, and be confident singing in front of the class. To this end, an intermediate understanding of musical notation is required.
You must also be able to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
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. You could also drop in to one of our advice sessions where we can hear you sing and help you choose the right course. Please bring a piece to sing with simple piano accompaniment.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class begins with a short vocal warm up but you may wish to book a practice room at City lit before your class if you need more time to warm-up than this lesson allows.
Each class follows a practical workshop format (individual presentations with a professional accompanist on a rota basis) with discussion arising out of work in progress and exchange of ideas. You will be expected to choose your own repertoire and also to try new suggestions made by the tutor. You must work on your repertoire at home, daily practice is expected.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please source your own copies of the music you wish to sing and remember to bring a spare copy for the accompanist. You may also wish to source copies of your classmates’ repertoire so you can follow their performances in class in more detail.
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.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details