Vocal & Performance
13 th –15 th July 2007
Organiser: Lucy Miller-White
We are once again delighted to be holding a third weekend workshop,
following huge demand from those who came to the first two. We hope this
one will be just as enjoyable—if not more so!
Our two highly experienced tutors for this weekend are:
Ian Kennedy—lead tutor both choral and individual singing
Evette Davis—tutor for singing performance and dialogue/acting
The Choral sessions—we will concentrate on singing as a group and some
guidance with singing technique for tuning & pitch, warming up the voice and
some of the trade secrets for better diction! The choral music will be varied in
style including madrigals, four part song, operetta and musicals.
The Individual sessions will be in the form of open workshops, so that you
can listen and learn from watching others—you often learn more from
watching and listening to others.
Ian will concentrate more on vocal technique to help release the voice and
improve the general vocal quality—but will also help with performance and
presentation of a song. It is a great opportunity to understand why you may
have a particular problem in a part of a song; but, more importantly, how to
go about solving it.
I am extremely delighted that Evette Davis has agreed to help us again this
year. You will see from her biography that she is vastly talented and
experienced. Evette hopes to concentrate more on the acting/delivery of a
song and/or dialogue—but will also be able to help with the singing aspect
also. This should present opportunities for interplay with fellow singers during
Each individual will be allocated two 20min sessions, one with each tutor. We
ask that participants prepare three pieces of music and where possible
perform from memory, it may not always be possible to hear all three pieces
over the weekend. If participants wish to bring along a piece of dialogue to
develop they will be welcome to do so, but we will have set pieces of
dialogue for those who wish to develop this aspect including interacting with
The individual sessions are open and audiences are encouraged as they
help interact but also learn from the process. However at an applicant’s
request it is possible to have a closed session—so don’t let it put you off
If anyone would like further details or has any queries please get in touch
with me—my contact details are listed later.
To improve choral singing skills – to include voice production, diction,
intonation and performance
To improve individual singing skills – both technical and also in performance
To improve delivery of dialogue, acting and interpretation of scenes
To learn more about the art of singing and have fun!
There will be no restriction in; the participant’s vocal ability, age or in the style
of music being performed; in any of the solo/ensemble sessions. This
workshop is suited to individuals of all abilities and is designed to help build
confidence and refine both stagecraft and singing.
Everyone is to be encouraged to attend all sessions – there is much to be
learned from listening to other singers in open workshops and individuals
interested in the solo/ensemble workshops will be expected and encouraged
to participate in the choral workshops.
Individuals will find it helpful to bring along a tape or mini-disc recorder to
record their sessions.
Friday 13 th
Saturday Individual sessions Individual sessions Choir
Choir & Concert
We welcome choral members and other interested individuals to sit in on the
individual workshop sessions.
The concert will be held on Saturday 21st July at 8.00pm and tickets will be
available and are open to all. It will give an opportunity to show what can be
achieved over a weekend!
Choral : unlimited places.
Please let us know if you would like to sing— and if a non-member which voice
part you normally sing. There will be a small charge to help off-set the music
costs. Everyone is invited to sit in at any of the individual sessions, and if
individuals wish they can also have meals catered at a small additional cost—
please see the reverse of the booking form for more details.
Individual Sessions: Maximum of 25 places
These places are open to everyone—but priority will be given to members of
Hitchin Thespians. Those wishing to book a place for duet or small ensemble
work are also welcome, and should you wish to apply for more than one place
you can. We will try to accommodate requests as best as possible.
For ensemble work we would ask that you write the names of the other or
others involved. There is a section for this on the reverse of the booking form
along with the details music you have prepared.
Please let me have a copy of your chosen music and dialogue by the 22 nd
June to allow both the accompanists and tutors to become familiar with it.
The choir music will be sent out by the last week of June when we should
know the balance of singers attending.
Late enquiries: Please do contact me as there may still be an opportunity to be
Choral or Observer: (meals extra if requested)
Members of Hitchin Thespians: £5.00
Individual Places: (meals included)
Members of Hitchin Thespians: £50.00
Please complete and detach this page
Tel. No & mobile
Please delete as appropriate:
I would like to participate in the choral workshop only: (and
have enclosed a cheque for £5.00/£10.00)
I would like to book an individual place: (and have enclosed a
cheque for £50.00/£70.00)
See overleaf for information relating to ensemble session, meals
and dietary requirements
Please make all cheques payable to “Hitchin Thespians” and send this
completed booking form to:
Lucy Miller-White: 4 Half Acre
Herts. SG5 2XL
Tel: day 01462 441144 Eve: 01462 458803
Friday 22 nd June 2007
Please complete if you have not applied for an individual place
and wish to have meals catered for:
Meals Cost Yes No
All three: £15.00
Saturday lunch: £5.00
Saturday dinner: £5.00
Sunday lunch: £5.00
Please list below any specific dietary requirements or allergies:
I would like to book an ensemble place with: Yes No
And have enclose a cheque for my share of £ __.__
Names of music pieces:
Check list—have you included:?
Completed Booking form
Cheque payable to “Hitchin Thespians”
Copies of music
Ian Kennedy GGSM
Guildhall School of Music and Drama: Department of Vocal Studies:
Principal Vocal Teaching
Ian Kennedy studied at the Guildhall and won the School's coveted Gold
Medal in 1975. As a tenor soloist he has sung in opera, oratorio and on the
concert platform throughout UK and abroad. His solo repertoire ranges
from pre-Baroque to contemporary musical theatre. He has appeared as a
soloist at a number of prestigious festivals, including the Henry Wood
Promenade Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, notably in the 50th
anniversary performance of Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music. In
addition to his solo career, Ian is a member of the BBC Singers and also an
experienced accompanist and conductor. Amongst the orchestras he has
directed are the Houston Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic - at the
Hollywood Bowl. He was for several years Musical Director for "Gilbert and
Sullivan for All" and is Associate Conductor of the National Concert
Orchestra. In 1995 he combined his love of choral music with his
conducting when he was appointed Musical Director of the East Surrey
He was appointed to the Guildhall staff in 1986 where, in addition to his
one-to-one teaching, he runs classes in oratorio and light music. He is
greatly in demand as a tutor on summer schools and as a festival
adjudicator. Outside music, his abiding passion is golf and he claims that
his handicap would be considerably lower - if he had more time for practice!
Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Evette has been a well-known personality in
her native area since her teens. One of her first professional engagements
was to sing with the legendary Owen Brannigan. She then went on to
appear regularly on television and in concert with the popular news casting
team of Mike Neville and George House. She also had songs and song
cycles written for her by well-known local composers, some of which can
be heard on recordings she made including “North by North East” and
In 1976 Evette was a finalist in the “Kathleen Ferrier” and “Peter Styvesant”
competitions, which gained her a place at the London Opera centre, where
she studied for two years. On leaving the Opera centre her first contract
was to play the roles of Marsinah and Lalume in Tros T.V.’s production of
“Kismet”. She followed that with a season in South Africa playing Eliza
Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” for PACT. On her return to England she repeated
that role for the Connaught Theatre in Worthing, returning to play a long
season of musicals and plays, including “My fat friend”, “Alphabetical Order”
and “Side by Side by Sondheim”. A nationwide tour of Viennese concerts
followed, which were a precursor to contracts with “Gilbert and Sullivan for All”,
with whom she performed throughout the British Isles, and on a coast-to coast
tour of Canada and the U.S.A.. Evette was then invited to become principal
soprano with the world famous “Doyley Carte Opera Company” where her
roles included Mabel in “The pirates of Penzance”, Aline in “The Sorcerer” and
Josephine in “H.M.S. Pinafore”. She left the company to further her freelance
career, and subsequently spent many seasons on the North East coast as
guest of the legendary Max Jaffa in his summer concerts.
In 1987 Evette joined the original company of “The Phantom of the Opera”,
alongside Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, where she stayed for two
years and played the role of Carlotta.
Since 1981 Evette has been a regular and popular guest on board P&O, Royal
Viking, Fred Olsen and Cunard cruiser liners, where her versatility has been
exploited to the full in classical concerts, cabaret, music hall and straight
theatre, where her writing skills has been frequently called upon. She helped
to create and co-produced “The Wonderful World of Musicals” which enjoyed
successful runs for two consecutive years in top holiday spots throughout the
country and the Channel Islands. Evette also considers herself very fortunate
in being able to claim not one but two opportunities to be part of the
phenomenon of “The Phantom of the Opera”, as she re-joined the show
spending two-and-a-half years, this time playing the role of Madame Giry. A
popular guest on BBC’s “Friday Night is Music Night”, Evette continues to do
her concert and cruising work, and finds herself ever more in demand to
devise and supervise her own shows.