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Performance and Placing Your Jazz Voice



10:00 am to 5:00 pm UK

Saturday 29 April 2023


The Verdict Jazz Club

159 Edward Street





£130 (active participants)

£60 (observers)

How to register

Online registration will open in January 2023.

This relaxed, informal day-long vocal workshop at the Verdict Jazz Club in Brighton features expert coaching and feedback from award-winning jazz singer Claire Martin OBE and voice teacher Stefan Holmström MFA, Estill Master Trainer.

We will explore sounds from crooning to forward placing as you build a mini-set of two contrasting jazz standards.. We will then apply what we've learned to two contrasting songs from the standard repertoire.


Twelve active participants will have the opportunity to perform their selected songs on stage accompanied by piano and bass with two of the most in-demand jazz musicians on the UK jazz scene.

What you'll learn

  • How your voice works with a vocal anatomy and physiology review, particularly focusing on Estill Voice Training AES control and twang

  • How to use Estill twang and sob qualities for vocal placement in jazz performance

  • How to work with a jazz combo

  • How to build a set that showcases you and your strengths

  • How to cope with nerves


Saturday 29 April 2023

10:00 am to 5:00 pm UK


Verdict Jazz Club, 159 Edward St, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 0JB

Who it's for

Jazz singers - beginner to intermediate level.


Ten observers take part in the vocal anatomy and physiology review during the morning. In the afternoon, they watch and learn from the feedback that active participants receive during performance and one-to-one coaching.

Active participants

Like the observers, twelve active participants will also take part in the morning's themed vocal anatomy and physiology section. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to perform a mini-set featuring two songs of their choice (please tell us which songs at the time of booking). They will receive personal coaching and expert feedback on their general performance.  


£130 per person for active participants

£60 per person for observers


About the trainers

Claire Martin OBE is a critically acclaimed Brighton-based jazz singer. She has won the British Jazz Awards 8 times and is a proud recipient of the BASCA Gold Badge Award for her contribution to songwriting. Claire has released 21 CDs and is currently working on her next album project, a collaboration with the American conductor and pianist Scott Dunn and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra celebrating the songs of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.


Stefan Holmström, MFA and Estill Master Trainer (EMT), is a professional opera singer and voice teacher. Following a career performing at 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. 

About the venue

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, The Verdict is Brighton's only purpose jazz club. It has been named as one of the 10 top jazz clubs in Europe by The Guardian.



Parking in Brighton is notorious, so be sure to have a plan in place before you set off for the workshop. You have a few options:


  • Paid parking (aka pay & display street parking) is available nearby, but it may be difficult to find a space on a Saturday morning. 

  • Public car parks are within easy walking distance of the venue.

  • Private car parks within walking distance include:

  • Park & Ride is available north of the city. If you want to avoid traffic and parking in the city centre, you can park for free at Withdean Sports Complex and buy a bus ticket into the city. The bus journey takes approximately 25-30 minutes. You can either:

    • hop on a 27 bus from Withdean Sports Complex bus stop to Sea Life Centre (Stop K) and walk 4 mins to The Verdict OR

    • walk approx 3 mins from Withdean Sports Complex to Tongdean Lane East bus stop in London Road and hop on a 5 or 5A bus. Alight at Old Steine and walk approx 5 mins to The Verdict.



Unfortunately this venue is not accessible to wheelchair users. Access to the basement workshop space is via one flight of stairs.  


Coffees, teas, pastries and snacks can be purchased from the venue's café. Bring a packed lunch or pop out to one of the many shops or cafés nearby. The Verdict has direct access to Dorset Gardens, a truly lovely park. You are welcome to eat lunch and mingle here in the Verdict's outdoor dining area.

How to register

Online registration will open in January 2023.



If you have any questions, please contact Stefan.