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Singing and Teaching Singing: A Performer’s Guide to Classical Voice

  • Monday 5 December 2016 - 10am (approx)
  • £750 (Early Bird £675)

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We are delighted to welcome Classical Voice Training Ltd to lead a week-long course at Chetham’s this December.

The art of singing has been taught for generations without the benefit of evidence-based science to underpin it. Due to recent developments in spectrographic software, ultrasound, fibre optic and endoscopic technology, it has become possible to view the voice and build a science-based understanding of how it works. This knowledge does not replace the empiric writings of the old masters but rather enhances our understanding of past teaching methods.

Classical Voice Training was formed in order to bring this modern understanding to as wide an audience as possible. Classical Voice Training’s tutors are Professor Janice Chapman (internationally renowned singing teacher), James Platt (Royal Opera Young Artist) and Andrew Follin (Certified Master Teacher of Estill Voice Training).

Based on Professor Chapman’s groundbreaking book ‘Singing and Teaching Singing – a Holistic Approach to Classical Voice’, the course will focus on: Breathing and Support, Accent Method breathing, Postural Alignment, Vocal Anatomy and Physiology, Phonation, Resonance, Articulation, Mind-skills for Performers and Artistry and Performance.

There will be body/voice warm-ups, lectures, small practice groups, masterclasses and interactive discussion sessions. This course is suitable for singers (solo and choral) aged 18+, singing teachers, vocal coaches, choral directors and voice professionals.  The course runs from Monday 5 – Friday 9 December in Chetham’s Medieval Baronial Hall, giving participants the opportunity to enjoy the city’s Christmas markets and concert diary as well as full days of singing technique.  The course price includes five days’ tuition, refreshments, lunch and a comprehensive 160 page workbook.

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About the tutors

Professor Janice Chapman (AUA, FGS, OAM)  is regarded as one of the UK’s leading teachers of singing at international level with clients from all over Europe. She is currently a member of the vocal faculties of The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

Her own career as a singer spanned over 35 years, with engagements as a principal soprano in all the major UK companies, including the Royal Opera Covent Garden and English National Opera.

She became a member of the founding committee of the Voice Research Society, which subsequently became the British Voice Association, and served as Chair, committee member and Hon. Treasurer over many years. She was appointed a Research Associate of Sydney University and regularly visits Australia to work with singers, teachers and in the field of research. Her consultancy and workshop clients have included The London Symphony Chorus, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The BBC Symphony Chorus, The Friends of Covent Garden, The British Voice Association, The Association of British Choral Directors and Opera Australia.

Janice is the author of the best-selling book, “Singing and Teaching Singing – A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice”, published by Plural Publishing Inc. at the end of 2005, which has been adopted as a text book in many Universities and Colleges worldwide. This book is currently in preparation for a Third Edition which will also be translated into Spanish.

In the Australia Day Honours, January 2004, Janice Chapman was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia “for service to music as an operatic singer and teacher of voice, and as a contributor to research into human sound production and vocal health”. In 2010 Janice was made a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2012 The Association of Teachers of Singing in the UK invited her to become an Honorary President. In 2012 she was made a Fellow of the British Voice Association.

British bass James Platt was educated at Chetham’s School of Music, studied at the Royal Academy of Music and on the Opera Course of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

A member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden from 2014-2016, his roles in the house included Gremin Eugene Onegin, Caronte Orfeo, Dr Grenvil La traviata, Frontier Guard Boris Godunov and Blansac in Rossini’s La scala di seta.  He made his debut with the Welsh National Opera as High priest of Baal Nabucco and, as a Jerwood Young Artist at the Glyndebourne Festival, he sang the role of Notary Don Pasquale.

He was both a finalist in the GSMD’s Gold Medal Competition and was awarded the Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians.  He has also been the recipient of a Richard Van Allen Award and an Independent Opera Scholarship.

The 2016/17 season sees him make debuts with Scottish Opera, La Scala, Milan and with the Dutch National Opera.

Andrew Follin is one of the most respected vocal coaches currently working in the UK. Andrew is a Certified Master Teacher (CMT) of Estill Voice Training (EVT). Certified EVT representatives are an elite group of teachers and coaches – internationally recognized for their extensive knowledge of the voice, and for the innovative teaching techniques they employ.

The CMT qualification is held by less than 100 people worldwide, and less than 20 in the UK. Andrew is the only CMT currently working in the North of England.

Andrew was Classically trained and had a career in opera before turning to teaching. This gives him a unique perspective on the specific requirements of opera and opera singers, and how very precise teaching tools can quickly help opera singers to understand and overcome their problems.