What is the course about?
This course will introduce you to a range of solo songs from classical repertoire, in a variety of styles. You will learn new songs chosen by the tutor so it is essential that you have basic music-reading skills and can learn the songs quickly. Please note this course is designed to introduce you to new repertoire, therefore not suitable for those who wish to sing songs they already know. Here is the list that you need to choose from-.
• Love Went A Riding – Frank Bridge
• Thy Hand In Mine – Frank Bridge
• Do Not Go My Love – Richard Hageman
• A Kiss In The Dark – Victor Herbert
• Nuit d’Etoiles – Debussy
• Le Manoir de Rosemonde – Henri Duparc
• Le Colibri – Chausson
• Comment, disaient-ils - Liszt
• Ich bin verliebt – Dostal (from Clivia)
• Es muss ein wunderbares – Liszt
• In dem schatten meine locken – Wolf
• Four Songs of Mirza Shaffy, Op. 2: Neig' Schöne Knospe Dich zu mir – Roger Quilter.
What will we cover?
- Key songs from standard classical repertoire
- How to sing with feeling for the style of the song and understanding of its period style.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Perform at least one new song with confidence and character.
- Show improved confidence in the way you approach new repertoire
- have a broader understanding of songs on the repertoire list that you will hear sung by other singers in your class.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate level course, ideal for singers who have basic music-reading skills and who have had vocal tuition for at least two years. You do not need sight-reading skills, but you will be required to learn your chosen song(s) quickly between sessions.
You need to be able to sing in tune and in time, and to follow instructions in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Each class will start with a physical and vocal warm up.
- You will learn through singing solo on a strict rota basis (masterclass style) with feedback from the tutor.
- You will also learn through listening to other singers learn their new repertoire. You are encouraged to source copies of their songs to so that you can follow them in score as they are sung.
- You will need to be able to do some practice between the sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to source your own copies of the songs you choose from the repertoire list. The tutor can help with some songs. Please bring a notebook & pencil, and a folder for your music.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
For more details about our vocal programme 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.
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