Choral singing for pleasure

Course Dates: 20/04/20 - 29/06/20
Time: 13:50 - 15:50
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Richard Hartley Wilson

Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, this fun choral class will give you something to look forward to on a Monday. We sing many genres from musical theatre to pop plus more traditional pieces. This course is very popular, so booking early is essential. Break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).


What is the course about?

This group class is for everyone who enjoys singing to come and enjoy music as a choir. Learn to harmonise and blend as an ensemble and have fun while you’re learning! This course has a professional accompanist.

What will we cover?

- The musical repertoire on each course module will cross several genres so there is something for everyone. From movements from famous classical choral works to folk, pop and musical theatre.
- Repertoire may include occasional sacred items from various traditions
- There is time allowed for a vocal warm up at the beginning of each session
- You will also learn some basic technique and breathing exercises designed to help you get the most out of your voice
- We read from some musical scores but there is plenty of time to learn notes in rehearsals so you are not expected to have advanced music-reading skills.

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

- Feel confident about singing as part of a choir
- Know more about choral repertoire in a number of genres
- Perform simple 2- and 3- part harmonies
- Have a greater understanding of how the voice works.

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

This is a course for all levels from beginner upwards. However, you must be able to hear notes from the piano and voice and sing them back at the correct pitch. If you are unsure about your ability to do this, please attend one of our advice sessions. You will need 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?

Each lesson will begin with a vocal warm up before new music is studied and rehearsed. Sessions generally comprise of working on the separate voice-parts, and then focus on ironing out problems and difficult passages as the parts are brought together. The teacher will then move on to interpretation by drawing attention to more prominent lines within the overall texture and dynamic contrasts within the piece.
Rehearsing outside the classroom from week to week will aid your learning and development and/or listen to recordings or backing tracks.

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

Music sheets are provided but please bring a folder to keep them organised. You will also need a pencil and perhaps a Dictaphone on which to record your vocal line so that you can learn more quickly in your spare time.

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

You may repeat this course for a long as you wish as the repertoire changes each module. However, we recommend a minimum of three modules’ study to experience a useful amount of repertoire.

If you are interested in exploring your vocal potential further you may like to consider the class ‘Singing 1’ to learn more about your voice and develop your technique further with ‘Singing 2’.


Customer Reviews 28 item(s)

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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

I would encourage a friend to join as singing is very enjoyable and makes people feel good. Tutor is very pleasant, choice of music is excellent.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 22/11/2019)
It is interesting and fun.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
great fun and a fantastic teacher
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
It is great and book early
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Review by Anon regular / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
It's hard work but great fun.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
A relaxed encouraging environment with a fun teacher.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
If you would like to sing in a friendly yet highly professional environment, you couldn’t do better
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
Make Mondays the best day of the week with superb teaching and very enjoyable singing in a supportive environment
Singing as it should be - joyful
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Review by Ann / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
Book early
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Review by Jacki Reason / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
It's fun.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 24/06/2019)
It’s a wonderful weekly workout and, according to one of my classmates, good for the soul!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 24/06/2019)
It's a great singing experience, led by a great tutor.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 24/06/2019)
You should join but - unfortunately it is always full!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 21/03/2019)
Book early to make sure of a place
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/03/2019)
Come along and enjoy it.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/03/2019)
It's fun, with an excellent leader, who has a great style and excellent musical taste, and a superb accompanist. But book early, as it gets filled up quickly.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/03/2019)
Yes I would recommend this course
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
If you’ve ever wanted to sing in a choir this is the course for you
A unique opportunity to enjoy singing with a superb team - both conductor and piano accompianist provide outstanding tuition coupled with gentle humour so your confidence improved hugely
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Review by Ann B / (Posted on 04/12/2018)
Expect to have real demands made of you and what satisfaction engaging with these expectations will bring you.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 30/11/2018)
Book early!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 27/11/2018)
Go for it! Its a welcoming and fun couple of hours and your singing will definitely improve with the tutor's help. In this course you do not have to sing solo which can be a bit daunting for some people
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Review by PennyN / (Posted on 25/11/2018)
I recommend it. It is fun and we learn a lot.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 24/11/2018)
Can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon. Great mix of music and lots of fun
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Review by MS2701 / (Posted on 28/02/2018)
Great range of music and great fun. Class led by an excellent , encouraging and good humoured tutor who downloads the music parts into Dropbox so you can listen at home and sing along which I enjoy too!
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Review by Alkaso / (Posted on 25/02/2016)
[The tutor] is a brilliant and motivational teacher. He also has a sense of humour which his important.

One of the best
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Review by Jeffrey / (Posted on 02/07/2015)
I really enjoy this course but preferred when it was a year long rather than termly. This allowed students to get to know the music better. Sadly I was ill this term and could not attend the 4 classes at the end of term which was disappointing for me.
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Review by BB / (Posted on 26/03/2015)
Thoroughly enjoyed this course. We sang many different kinds of songs under the guidance of an excellent tutor, and the experience was uplifting.
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Review by Yolly! / (Posted on 25/03/2015)
Loved this course, tutor is great, always came out feeling cheered up.Great choice of material from whooping Broadway songs to folk and gospel.
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Review by BCS / (Posted on 25/03/2015)
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Course Code: MF341C

Mon, day, 20 Apr - 29 Jun '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £159.00
Senior fee: £111.00
Concession: £80.00

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