Saturday 22nd July 2017 - Sunday 30th July 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Aberystwyth SY23 3DE
The singers will be given the opportunity to work in a relaxed and sensitively guided environment. The course has been designed to enable the participants to gain a broader knowledge of vocal repertoire and greater confidence in performance and technique. Each day will start with a guided warm-up session for all participants, who will then separate into two groups; the tutors will work with both groups equally.
Guest tutor, Australian Dr. Ron Morris, will once again be joining us during the week. Ron’s experience as a voice scientist, speech and language therapist, singer and inspirational teacher makes this likely to be a unique and transformational learning experience for each singer.
The course is appropriate for singers aged 17 upwards who are serious about their studies. Applicants not known to the tutors may be asked to provide an audio recording to confirm their suitability for the course. The tutors’ approach is informal, but always supportive and encouraging. It is a busy and vibrant week and our aim is that everyone leaves with even greater enthusiasm for singing and with improved skills. The course aims to cover many aspects of singing including: performance skills, technique, interpretation, style, communication, languages, musicianship, confidence building, experience of working with a pianist and preparation for auditions.
The teaching will be in masterclass-type sessions, and participants can expect to work vocally every day. The importance of attentively listening to other students being coached as well as performing themselves is strongly emphasised throughout the week; the coaching will be specific yet will also make general points that the participants can apply to their own performances.
Successful applicants will submit choices of repertoire by Monday 13th June. These will be a maximum of six pieces, one each to be chosen from the following categories: English art song, French mélodie, German Lied, operatic or oratorio aria, Italian or Spanish song and one piece of musical theatre. Final repertoire selections will be made by the tutors and the students will be notified well in advance of the course so that the music can be thoroughly prepared and memorised.
The cost of the course is £595 which includes a pass to all concerts during MusicFest. Early bird discounts are available on all courses booked before the end of February. Bursaries are available for all students in full-time education.
Feedback from MusicFest Vocal Course Participants
“I would recommend this course to anyone and everyone. A fantastic week with wonderful singers and teachers. A truly special course.” Anna Lawrence
I was looking forward to it all year, my singing improved so much and the whole experience was generous, appreciative and full of enthusiasm.” William Searle
“The vocal course at Aberystwyth provides an encouraging environment where the student feels free to experiment technically and musically, and so can achieve great progress.” Gabriella Noble
“Never in my life have I had a more joyous and rewarding week of singing and learning. I cannot believe how much my voice has opened up in only a few days. I am so grateful for everything you have given me here. Thank you.”
“I rediscovered myself as a singer. The tutors value the uniqueness and individuality of every singer and every voice. A magical experience, which brings singing to life in new ways with tremendous support and encouragement for every singer.”
“Genuinely the best week of my life.”
“This course is really different in offering a coherent technical approach that is immensely valuable for developing singers and a team teaching approach that supports and values everyone’s approach. The tutors are skilled, sensitive, generous and caring and I’ve learned a huge amount from all of them. Thank you for a fascinating and rewarding week.”
“This course offers a safe place with NO negativity. It is so refreshing.”
“This course and the quality of teaching has changed my life. I found a voice I never knew I had and the tools to nurture and develop it.”
“Musicfest vocal course is fantastic. It creates a totally safe and supportive environment to experiment and perform music. It helped me enormously with my technique and the sessions with pianists were incredibly enjoyable and insightful. Both tutors and students build a community by the end of the week – one that I am sad to leave!”
“MusicFest has nurtured, healed, and improved not only my voice, but also my love for music and my emotional connection to the music I sing and listen to. It is quite literally the start of the rest of my life.” Charlotte G.
“It has been a wonderful, invaluable experience. Musicfest has rebuilt my love of music and has made me a more rounded human being.” Francesca L.
“I just wish that the course was longer – simply because I never wanted it to end! Thank you for an utterly amazing week!” Lizzie S.
“Everyone I’ve worked with has been an inspiration and, as a student, it was fantastic to have free access to so many concerts.” Amy R.
“I feel I have learnt more about my voice in a week than I have in the past 3 years!” Heather C.
“An excellent, totally enjoyable week of singing, supported by high calibre musicians and other experts in their field. I would particularly recommend it for the ambitious post grade 8 student of any age.” Frances P.
“A year’s worth of progress in one week!” Verity B.
“I have never had so much fun in a week of intense work! My singing and performance level increased dramatically.” Keren H.
“Veronica & John’s enthusiastic, supportive but rigorous teaching was excellent!” Joanna H.
“The vocal course has really been an enjoyable and useful experience. There is a vibrant atmosphere with a fantastic group of enthusiastic singers. The teachers are amazing. Thank you so much!” Amy M.
“The teachers are very talented, approachable and charismatic.” Alex S.
“A very supportive atmosphere in which to explore technique and the musicality of a piece.” Elizabeth S.
“The heart of singing is interpreting music and poetry and I just kept getting little nuggets to assist this. It gave me a lot of pleasure.” Frances P.
“It has been a wonderful, invaluable experience. It has rebuilt my love of music.”
“The best atmosphere, so supportive, so trusting. Cannot recommend enough. I love MusicFest!”
“Incredible week – wouldn’t change a thing!”
“This has been an enormously beneficial course for me, and has been a significant first step in unlocking my voice. I can’t wait to do more. Thank you so very much!”
“The support I received from all the staff was unbelievably encouraging, and combined with a ridiculous amount of knowledge imparted I feel as if I’m leaving the course as a completely different singer.”
“A wonderfully rewarding week – I learnt so much from both the inspiring tutors and my peers.”
“It was a pleasure to come back to my second MusicFest vocal course. The tutors were incredibly helpful and knowledgeable as well as kind and sympathetic and, again, I really enjoyed learning from my peers and observing everyone’s individual journeys as the week progressed. Thank you!”
Request a space on this course
You can request a space on this course here. Applications will be reviewed, and if accepted we will send full information on course joining and fee payment via email. We aim to respond within 7 days to your reservation request.
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