Classical singing workshop

Course Dates: 16/09/24 - 02/12/24
Time: 16:45 - 18:45
Location: Keeley Street
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A lively workshop class for singers with a solid foundation in vocal technique and musicianship: employ your vocal technique in a more flexible and artistic way and deepen your understanding of critical evaluation of singing. Break week 28th Oct 2024.
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Classical singing workshop
  • Course Code: MF337A
  • Dates: 16/09/24 - 02/12/24
  • Time: 16:45 - 18:45
  • Taught: Mon, Daytime
  • Duration: 11 sessions (over 12 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Hakan Vramsmo

Course Code: MF337A

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Mon, day, 16 Sep - 02 Dec '24

Duration: 11 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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or call 020 4582 0412

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What is the course about?

This course is for singers ready for the workshop format: independently learning songs and presenting them in front of their peers. Songs will be project-based from the classical song repertoire in order to consolidate and expand the skills acquired in the previous levels. You will be encouraged to use your voice in a more flexible and artistic manner and to further develop your awareness of critical evaluation in singing.

At this level, singers prepare songs in advance so that the class can focus on technique, communication, interpretation and performance. Singers will also be encouraged to explore more musically complex pieces and to perform songs from memory.

What will we cover?

- Vocal and physical exercises and further guidance on technique.
- Broadening your individual repertoire and guidance on its suitability.
- Repertoire projects which may include English, Italian, French and German songs.
- Working with a professional accompanist (indicating speed etc.)
- Performing from memory.
- Performance technique - the art of communicating with an audience.
- Self and peer evaluation to gain a better understanding of the voice.

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

- Perform songs from the selected repertoire with confidence
- Perform from memory displaying an understanding of the text
- Show your ability to select repertoire suitable for your voice
- Demonstrate a more settled technique.
- Communicate confidently with your audience through song
- Demonstrate an understanding of critical evaluation in vocal and performance technique.

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

At this level you need to have a reliable vocal technique, having completed levels up to ‘Singing workshop’ or at least four years' one-to-one lessons.
You should be confident singing in front of the class and have the ability to learn repertoire from memory regularly.
This level also requires an intermediate understanding of musical notation, and sufficient knowledge of written music to learn pieces independently. Sight-singing is not necessary for this course.
You must 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.

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

Time is allowed for a vocal warm-up and technical exercises.
The class comprises of mainly individual work with some demonstration, lecture and discussion of topics arising out of work in progress.
Repertoire themes will be introduced by the tutor and you will have opportunity to experiment with your own choices within the theme.
You will be expected to research, prepare and practise repertoire to present in class, so that the tutor can focus on technique, communication and interpretation.
You will need to be able to learn new songs and present them to the class on a regular basis.

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

A notebook and pencil for taking notes, sheet music as required and a course book as advised. You are encouraged to acquire copies of music you are studying during the year. Music may be purchased new or second-hand. Suitable scores may be available from IMSLP.
Repertoire this term: free choice song repertoire - bring something you'd love to sing live with a pianist.

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

This course comprises of 3 terms across the year after which you are encouraged to repeat this course as necessary to continue developing your knowledge of repertoire, singing of art song from different periods, singing in different languages, performance skills and general technical ability. Students often stay at this level for several terms.
When you are ready the next level is ‘Advanced singing workshop’.

Hakan Vramsmo Tutor Website

Håkan studied at Malmö Musikhöfskola, Sweelinck Conservatiorium and Conservatoire de Metz, in Karlsruhe, then at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has performed throughhout Europe and is especially appreciated for his intimate musicianship. He has appeared at venues including Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Sibelius Academy and Aldeburgh, and with the symphony orchestras of the BBC, Jerusalem, Birmingham, Barcelona, Gorthenburg and Malmö. His recordings include Bach's B minor Mass, songs by Finzi, Barber, Schumann and Schubert, Elisabeth Maconchy's opera "The Departure" and Panufnik's "Private Joe." Operatic roles include Aeneas, Don Alfonso, Don Giovanni, Figaro, Macbeth, Marcello, Eugen Onegin and Papageno. Håkan created the roles of Axel in Anna Meredith's "Tarantula in Petrol Blue", Carl in Coleridge-Taylor's "Thelma" and Pascoe in Huw Watkins' "In a Locked Room". Most recently he toured with Kentish Opera, Swansea Opera, Diva Opera and Opera Brava. Håkan teaches at City Lit and at the International Lied Masterclasses at Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussels.

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.