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 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.
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 backing tracks recorded by an accompanist – segues from speech to song.
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 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.
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 allow more time before your class if you need more warm-up time than this lesson allows. Each class follows a practical workshop format discussing individual presentations via video conference or by filming in advance using a mobile device/webcam to share with the class. A professional accompanist will provide recorded backings on a rota basis to be used for presentations/videos. Discussions will take place for 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 email a copy to the music department for the accompanist allowing a week’s notice for recordings to be produced. You may also wish to purchase copies of your classmates’ repertoire as well.
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.