Brochure Aug09 (Read-Only) - Hitchin Thespians

Brochure Aug09 (Read-Only) - Hitchin Thespians

Lucy Miller-White


Hitchin Thespians


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!

Please note:

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.

We recommend:

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.

Places available

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

Non-Members: £65.00

Please complete and detach this page

Booking Form



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)





Names of






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

Return by:

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

or allergies.

Ensemble Places:

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.

Produced By

Lucy Miller-White


Hitchin Thespians

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