About the workshop Whether you're a member of the choir or not, you're welcome to apply for a place at our annual choral workshop, Get the most out of your voice! at The Gregg School, Southampton on Saturday, October 10th. Over the course of the day, guest leader, Deborah Miles-Johnson, and the choir's own musical director, David Gibson, with the emphasis on working together to produce a focused, quality sound and to develop the best possible choral tone. Because the choir is due to perform the Brahms Requiem this November at Winchester Cathedral (more details here), we will be concentrating mostly on passages from this immense work on the day, but Deborah will also provide some other music, so that we can enjoy a bit of variety! All music hire is included in the workshop fee of £13 (£3 for students). During the lunch-break (please bring a packed lunch), you are free to explore the listed garden, which was planned by Gertrude Jekyll and should still be looking good, even in October, thanks to the efforts of the Friends of Townhill Park Gardens. Lunch will be followed by a short master-class, in which Deborah will give selected participants the benefit of her experience of years on the concert platform, while all are welcome to listen, admire and learn. If you are interested in taking part in the master-class, please tick the appropriate box on the booking form. Successful applicants will be notified several days in advance of the workshop and asked to prepare a piece of approximately 3 minutes' duration. There is no additional fee for taking part in the master-class. To make a booking, or for more information, please refer to the booking form. About Deborah Miles-Johnson Deborah enjoys an international career as a mezzo-soprano working in all the main European venues. She has been a member of the BBC Singers and sung with the Tallis Scholars and The Sixteen, but now has a freelance career as a singer working with such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink at the Royal Opera House and Trevor Pinnock on a tour of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. A recent highlight was to perform the role of Fricka (Das Rheingold) in concert in Oxford. Her diverse musical life includes recording the backing music for various films including all the Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Harry Potter films. When not singing she is also the Associate Chorus Master of the Philharmonia Chorus, vocal coach for the BBC Symphony Chorus and conducts countless other choirs on an occasional basis as well as her own choir, the prizewinning Imperial Male Voice Choir. As a result she is much in demand for her workshops where she is highly successful in improving general technique and choral sound. She has a thriving private teaching practice and gives vocal and choral master-classes at a variety of summer schools and singing days. So come and enjoy the opportunity to benefit from the vast experience and easy style which has made Deborah so much in demand. Singers of any age and experience will receive constructive criticism and encouragement and will leave feeling invigorated and more confident of their abilities.
Saturday, 10 October 2009 - 10:00am