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Classical Singers'
Workshop Series

Master the classical sound and adapt it to early music, art song & opera

 

Three practical and inspirational workshops to help you master the classical sound and adapt it to singing early music, art song and opera.

 

We will do this in the context of Estill Voice Training, a revolutionary vocal development program that offers classical singers unique, precise tools to continuously balance, modify and control their voices throughout their career.

Led by professional opera singer and voice teacher Stefan Holmström, it is a safe space for learning and experimentation with opportunities for individual coaching throughout the sessions. With a working singer’s experience of performing a broad range of classical repertoire, Stefan will share practical advice on sound, phrasing and acting.

 

Each session includes an overview of the Estill Model. We will identify and explore the vocal structures that play an important role in classical singing. This will give you a deeper understanding of how your voice works and how you can start to play with a classical sound.

 

Participants are required to learn a few short excerpts of songs and arias in a particular style that we will use throughout each session to put in to practice the tools we will explore.

When

Saturdays

1:00 pm to 4:30 pm UK

22 Oct 2022 (Early Music)

12 Nov 2022 (Art Song)

3 Dec 2022 (Opera)

Venue

Online

Cost

£175 for 3-part Classical Singers' Workshop Series

£70 each when purchased separately

How to register

Book online by clicking one of the links below:

You can sing the songs in any key that is comfortable for you. Sheet music for all three workshops will be emailed to you after you have registered. 

 

The songs are:

 

Early Music

  • Monteverdi, Sì dolce è’l tormento (verse 1)

  • Purcell, Sweeter than roses (first 16 bars)

  • Handel, Lascia ch’io pianga (first 22 bars)

Art Song

  • Quilter, Now sleeps the crimson petal

  • Brahms, Feldeinsamkeit (first 8 bars)

  • Schubert, An die Musik (first verse)

  • Fauré, Chanson D’Amour (first 29 bars)

Opera

  • Soprano: Puccini, Gianni Schicchi, Omio babbino caro (first 20 bars)

  • Mezzo: Bizet, Carmen, Habanera (first 12 bars)

  • Tenor: Donizetti, L’elisir d’amore, Una furtiva lagrima (first 8 bars)

  • Baritone: Mozart, Marriage of Figaro, Non più andrai (first 13 bars)

  • Bass: Mozart, Magic Flute, In diesen heil’gen Hallen (first 10 bars)

What you'll learn

  • How your voice works with an overview of the Estill Model

  • Chiaroscuro balance for early music, art song and opera (with squillo)

  • How to bridge the passaggio

  • Breathing and support

  • Natural and simple phrasing

  • Vibrato control

  • Tongue and lip control for clear diction in English, German and French

  • How to add ornaments: singing trills and articulating fast runs

  • How to work together with a pianist and an orchestra

  • Acting in early music, art song and opera

  • How to practice these tools moving forward

 

When

Saturday 22 October, 12 November and 3 December 2022

1:00 pm to 4:30 pm UK

Where

Online

 

Who it's for

Classical singers, choral conductors and voice teachers. 

Cost

£175 per person

£70 per person for each workshop if purchased separately

About the trainer

Stefan Holmström, MFA and Estill Master Trainer (EMT), is a professional opera singer, voice teacher and flute player. He trained at Sweden's Malmö College of Music and at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

 

Following a career performing at venues including Glyndebourne, Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park and as a member of the Phantom of the Opera Company at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, Stefan offers expert vocal training and workshops to a wide range of singers and speakers from his studio in central Brighton. 

 

About Estill Voice Training

Estill Voice Training (EVT) is a scientific, evidence-based system for vocal development. It is a life-changing approach that can help you become a stronger and more emotional performer by giving you effective tools to improve your craft. With EVT, simple everyday sounds are used to identify structures in the larynx and in the vocal tract (i.e. throat, mouth and nose). These are then trained in detail to give conscious, predictable and reliable control of your voice. 

 

It offers speakers and singers solutions to realise their full vocal potential (e.g. overcoming breaks in the voice, controlling dynamics and vibrato, increasing range, belting safely and more). It’s a scientific approach with emphasis on training structures of the voice in isolation for maximum artistic freedom.

How to register

Book online by clicking one of the links below:

 

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact Stefan.

 

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