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Classical Singers' Workshop Series: Early Music

Master the classical sound and adapt it to early music

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This practical and inspirational workshop will help you to master the classical sound and adapt it to singing early music. 


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 session. With a working singer’s experience of performing early music from lute songs to baroque opera, Stefan will share his experience as a performer and musician, including practical advice on sound, phrasing and acting.


As part of 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 produce a sound that’s expected for early music.


Saturday 22 October 2022

1:00 pm to 4:30 pm BST




£70 for this session

£175 for 3-part Classical Singers' Workshop Series

How to register

Book online by clicking one of the links below:

  • ​​Early Music Workshop

  • 3-part Classical Singers' Workshop Series

Before the workshop, participants will need to learn one or all of three sections of early music songs which we will use throughout the session to put into practice the tools we will explore.


The songs are:


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

  • Purcell, Sweeter than roses (first 16 bars)

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


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


What you'll learn

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

  • Chiaroscuro balance for early music

  • Breathing and support

  • Natural and simple phrasing

  • Vibrato control

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

  • Acting in early music

  • How to practice these tools moving forward



Saturday 22 October 2022

1:00 pm to 4:30 pm BST




Who it's for

Classical singers, choral conductors and voice teachers. 


£70 per person

£175 if purchased as part of the 3-part Classical Singers' Series Workshops (Early Music, Art Song and Opera).

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.


Stefan has many years' experience performing early music at events including the Swedish Baroque Festival and the English Bach Festival, as well as with the Extraterrestrial Baroque Company in Gothenburg, Sweden. 


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:

  • ​​Early Music Workshop

  • 3-part Classical Singers' Workshop Series


If you have any questions, please contact Stefan.

Register for Early Music Workshop

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