Vocal & Performance
2 nd & 9 th August 2009
Organiser: Lucy Miller-White
We are once again delighted to be holding a fourth session of masterclasses.
This year these will involve individual vocal tuition
Our two highly experienced tutors for this weekend are:
Ian Kennedy—Professor of Singing at the Guildhall School of Music and
Roderick Earle—Professor of Singing at the Royal College of Music
Group sessions—we will begin by showing techniques for freeing up the
voice and getting it ready for singing. These will not only include vocal
exercises but also how to physically warm up all of the body so we can easily
access the muscles we need for singing.
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 Roderick Earle has agreed to be a tutor this
year. He is a vastly experienced singing teacher as well as a performer. He
will be happy to help with vocal technique as well as how to present a song. If
you are wanting to sing in a foreign language he, like Ian, will also be happy
to help with pronunciation.
Each individual will be allocated two 20min sessions, one with each tutor. We
ask that participants prepare two to three pieces of music and where possible
perform from memory, it may not always be possible to hear all three pieces
over the weekend. We are also happy to have duets, trios etc so if you
interested in that rather than solo singing please get in touch.
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 the story, acting and interpretation of the character.
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.
Singers are expected to attend all sessions – there is much to be learned from
listening to other singers in open workshops.
Observers are also welcome to join us for the day.
Participants will find it helpful to bring along a voice recorder to record their
10.00-10.10 Welcome & introduction 1.20-2.00 Lunch
10.10-10.30 Getting warmed up 2.00-3.20 Individual sessions
10.30-11.20 Everyone to sing a song—2
3.20-3.40 Tea/coffee break
11.20-11.40 Tea/Coffee break 3.40-6.00 Individual sessions
11.40-1.20 Individual sessions 6.00-7.00 Whole group— re-cap and
The concert will be held on Saturday 29th August. Tickets will be available for
Observers : unlimited places.
Everyone is invited to sit in at any of the individual sessions, and on request
they can also join us for lunch at a small additional cost—please see the
reverse of the booking form for more details.
Individual Sessions: Maximum of 15 places per Sunday
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 complete a booking form for each day and clearly state which date you
require on the form.
Please let me have a copy of your chosen music by the 30 th June to allow both
the accompanists and tutors to become familiar with it.
Places can only be reserved on payment. We expect this to be popular so
please send in your applications with cheques as soon as possible. If you want
a place but are undecided on your repertoire you can forward the music details
Late enquiries: Please do contact me as there may still be an opportunity to be
Observers: (meals extra if requested)
Members & non members £5.00
To include lunch £10.00
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 book an individual place: (and have enclosed a
cheque for £50.00/£65.00) on Sunday 2nd/9th August (please
delete as appropriate)
I would like to attend as an observer: (and have enclosed a
cheque for £5.00/£10.00)
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: mobile 07702 102478 Eve: 01462 458803
Friday 30 th June 2009
Observers please complete if you wish to have meals catered for:
Meals Cost Yes No
Sunday lunch: £5.00
Everyone : Please list below any specific dietary requirements
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 was a
member of the BBC Singers for thirty years and although retired from this is
still asked to join with them as a singer and audition panellist, he is 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 Choral Society.
He was appointed to the Guildhall staff in 1986 where, in addition to his oneto-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!
Roderick Earle MA
Royal College of Music: Department of Vocal Studies
Principal Vocal Teaching
Roderick Earle was born in Winchester and first sang as a chorister in the
cathedral there. After graduating from Cambridge, where he read Music and
was a Choral Scholar in the St. John's College Choir, he won a Foundation
Scholarship to the Royal College of Music. He then studied with Otakar Kraus.
After making his opera debut with English National Opera in 1978, he joined
the Royal Opera making his Covent Garden debut as Antonio in Le Nozze di
Figaro in 1980. He was a member of the company for 21 years, during which
time he made the transition from bass to baritone, and sang over 60 roles,
including Schaunard, Abimelech, Orestes, Brander, Harasta Cunning Little
Vixen, Kothner, King Fisher Midsummer Marriage and Alberich Siegfried and
He has sung with all the major British opera companies, most recently in Doctor
Atomic (Adams) at ENO, as well as many companies abroad including, the Teatro
Regio in Turin, Rome Opera, Opera de Massy (Fliegende Hollander), Opera Zuid
(Rigoletto), Opera de Montpellier, New Zealand Opera, Wuppertal, Valencia and
most recently Oslo (Carmen).
He also has a wide experience of concert work, and has appeared with orchestras
all over the world. His repertoire spans works from the baroque period to the
contemporary and includes several recordings and DVD's.
Roderick taught singing for eight years in Cambridge and is a part-time singing
professor at the Royal College of Music. He is a member of the British Voice
Association and the Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS) He now lives in
Colchester where he founded and conducts The Colchester Summer Choir.