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The Sounds and Colours of Jazz

Breathy Tone to Belt

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Next date to be confirmed.


The Verdict Jazz Club

159 Edward Street





£130 (active participants)

£60 (observers)

How to register

Please check back.

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 how to build the intensity of a song from breathy tone to safe belting and advanced microphone technique to accommodate these extreme dynamic changes. We will then apply what we've learned to a selection of four songs from the standard repertoire.


Twelve active participants will have the opportunity to perform their selected song on stage accompanied by Mark Edwards, one of the most in-demand jazz pianists on the UK jazz scene. 

What you'll learn

  • How your voice works with a vocal anatomy and physiology review, including special focus on the true vocal folds, false vocal folds and cricoid cartilage

  • How to sing with breathy tone, including falsetto

  • How to belt and how to do it safely

  • Advanced microphone technique to accommodate breathy tone and belting


Next date to be confirmed

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 song they have selected from the standard repertoire and receive personal coaching and expert feedback on singing with breathy tone and belt. The song choices are:

  • Etta James, At Last

  • Nina Simone, Feeling Good

  • Jobim, The Girl/Boy from Ipanema

  • Jobim, Wave


£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 the accompanist

Mark Edwards is a British jazz pianist, keyboard player and producer. He has toured with, played on and/or produced albums for Aztec Camera (and Roddy Frame solo releases), Carleen Anderson, Paul Weller, Imogen Ryall & Katie Melua.

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.

Register for The Sounds and Colours of Jazz


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 (weather dependent).

How to register

Please check back in 2023.



If you have any questions, please contact Stefan.

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