SingSoc's first event of the 2013/2013 academic year is our Give It A Go workshop, "How Singing Works: A Workshop and Masterclass" Sunday 29th September 2013, 1pm-5pm Richard Roberts Auditorium
This lecture-workshop (come expecting to learn!) is designed to give you an insight into the mechanics and capabilities of the human voice, and is open to all with an interest in singing in any genre, whether you have years of experience or just fancy finding out more.
This workshop will be led by SingSoc's two Musical Directors, Peter Taylor and Harriet Johnson, both professional voice coaches and choral trainers with a wide experience in Popular, Classical and Musical Theatre singing. There will also be a short talk by Terry McDermott from the Lary Project, a charity that supports people with voice problems (and SingSoc’s adopted charity for this year).
The first section of the afternoon (3 hours with tea break!) is a lecture workshop where participants will learn about the physiology of the voice, and the various ways in which we can manipulate the vocal apparatus to produce the wide range of sounds the human voice is capable of. A notepad and pen are advised, but there will be opportunities for the whole group to try out vocal exercises and techniques as well.
The final hour will be a masterclass, where a limited number of people will be able to perform to the rest of the group, and then receive technical guidance from our Musical Directors. Singers will need to provide sheet music for their song (2 copies if they don't know it off by heart). It's worth asking yourself in advance what it is about your performance of that song you wish to change or improve; you'll get far more out of the experience if we can help you achieve one of your goals rather than telling you what we think you should do!