WORKSHOPS FOR CHOIRLAB22

You must select one 70 minute workshop from each Session number

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For ALL singers
Can read music
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SESSION 1

10:15 - 11:25
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You must select one workshop from the three on offer at this time:

A - Pop/Rock   B - A-Capella  Musical Theatre  C - Classical with a jazzy twist

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WORKSHOP A - 10:15 - 11:25
Kari Olsen-Porthouse
Pop Choir
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This workshop will be based around learning"Friday I'm In Love" by The Cure.  Kari creates her own 4 part arrangements of pop songs and teaches everything by ear - so absolutely everyone can learn the song - regardless of whether you know it or not! 

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WORKSHOP B - 10:15 - 11:25
Jess Broderick
Musical Theatre Acapella
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Led by Bath Show Choir and Bristol Show Choir co-founder, Jess Broderick, this musical theatre acappella workshop promises to be exciting, fast-paced and a whole load of fun! Watch this space to see what fabulous song from the shows we'll be learning! You will need a little bit of experience with singing in choirs (but no need to read music). Lyrics and music will be provided.

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WORKSHOP  C - 10:15 - 11:20
Michael Daniels
Contemporary a cappella 
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Mike will be working on the Contemporary Choral Classic arrangement of Billy Joel's "And So It Goes".  Joel's hauntingly beautiful ballad is an absolute joy to sing, in this lush a cappella arrangement by Chilcott.  

 

Copies of music will be provided.

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SESSION 2

11:55 - 13:05
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You must select one workshop from the three on offer at this time:

D - African Harmonies  E - Pop & Gospel  F - Classical Crossover

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WORKSHOP D - 11:55 - 13:05
Beth Morgan
African Harmonies
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We will enjoy learning the exuberant Ghanian song "Bonse Aba" in 4 part harmony and some simpler traditional harmony songs from Liberia. Come ready to release your harmonies in our community style choir!

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WORKSHOP E - 11:55 - 13:05
Tim King
Pop & Gospel Choir
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In this workshop, Tim will teach you a couple of uplifting and powerful songs with a pop/gospel feel. There's no sheet music required - just energy as everything will be learnt by ear!

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WORKSHOP F - 11:55 - 13:05
Ben Sawyer
Classical Crossover
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Making the impossible, possible

 

How often have you looked at a piece of music and thought, ‘We’ll never learn that!’ or ‘That’s too hard for us’.  This session for singers and choir leaders will introduce some of the techniques your choir can use to approach the seemingly unapproachable while enhancing your a cappella singing. With nowhere to hide, every member has a role in creating the fantastically blended, well-balanced sound your choir strives for, and Ben will be teaching you some of these basics so that your choir can confidently sing a cappella whilst pushing themselves with something that appears a bit more challenging.

 

Today’s session will be taking a classical crossover piece and exploring how to get the most out of your choir’s blend and balance when starting to learn a new piece.  

 

"Sing, My Child’ by Sarah Quartel"

Music will be provided

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SESSION 3
14:00 - 15:00
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You must select one workshop from the four on offer at this time:

G - Traditional Gospel  H - Songs from around the word I - Acapella Pop

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WORKSHOP G - 14:00 - 15:10
Jo Sercombe
Traditional Gospel
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If you really want to let rip with your voice there’s no better way than with a rousing gospel song. Join experienced gospel choir director Jo Sercombe to learn how to make that special gospel vocal sound through South African gospel songs. With funky rhythms, uplifting lyrics and all the swaying and clapping – this workshop will get you fired up and raring to go!

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WORKSHOP H - 14:00 - 15:10
Clara Atkins
A cappella songs from around the world
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Clara is leader of Clarity Community Choir, a choral singer, and an experienced workshop facilitator. Come and experience the joy of singing songs from around the world in glorious a cappella harmony, and have lots of fun - Clara’s workshops are always full of joy and laughter! In this workshop you will learn two part songs and a gorgeous round. Songs will be taught by ear. 

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WORKSHOP I - 14:00 - 15:10
Natalie Veal
Acapella Pop
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Natalie will make it seem like we are non-stop playing and singing. Through a series of warm-up games, we will learn new material and realise how simple it is to layer up and be performance ready. We will efficiently explore tone, blend and create awesome harmonies through the power of a cappella pop.

Music will be provided

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SESSION 4

15:40 - 16:50
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You must select one workshop from the three on offer at this time:

J - Sing Your Cares Away  H - A talk about how the voice works  I - Classical Choir

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WORKSHOP J - 15:40 - 16:50
Jessa Liversidge
Sing your cares away
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Sing your cares away with a range of rounds and short songs suitable for all. Create simple harmonies, create layers, and and put your worries and stresses to one side with Jessa and her loop pedal. A creative and uplifting session - all resources provided.

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WORKSHOP K - 15:40 - 16:50
Abi Green
Talk/Presentation
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This will be an introductory interactive talk on how the voice works. We will be looking at the importance of posture, the larynx, and the true and false vocal folds.

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WORKSHOP L - 15:40 - 16:50
Nigel Perrin
The Art of Polyphony
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This is a beginners’ introduction to Renaissance choral music in which each voice-part sings the same melody but at different times and different pitches, all fitting perfectly together and creating a rich tapestry of vocal harmony. We might start with a simple canon, and who knows where we'll finish – a glorious 8-part motet?

Music will be provided