Perfecting your sound – an interactive, practical workshop for singers Saturday 27 September

20140705 St John Church Sharow
Sharow Church

Saturday 27th September 2014 10.30am – 4pm

St John’s Church, Berrygate Lane, Sharow, Ripon HG4 5BJ

Have you ever heard a singer and wondered how they make such a rich, beautiful sound so effortlessly?

“Perfecting your sound” is a one day workshop focusing on improving your vocal technique, sound and control and enabling you to become a better choral singer.

Hosted by the St Paulinus Singers, this enjoyable, engaging workshop will enhance your technique, give you the tools to sing high notes effortlessly and help you understand how to get the best out of your voice through interactive, practical advice and exercises.


10.30 Welcome from Miles Dunn, Chair, St Paulinus Singers

10.35 Warm-up and basic singing technique

10.50 Session 1 – “Sound and preparationSusan Hollingworth

  • singing expressively
  • improving sound quality
  • high notes
  • singing quietly
  • vocal health

12.30 “Bring and Share” Lunch – please bring a contribution

2.00 Session 2 – “PerformanceSam Gardner

  • Ensemble singing
  • Singing with your ears
  • Engaging your audience

The day will end with an opportunity to put everything you have learnt into practice in a series of informal group performances.

Repertoirefor the day will be If ye love me by Thomas Tallis and Bogoroditse Dyevo by Rachmaninov.

Copies will be provided on the day.

£15 – please pay cash on the day.

How to book
To reserve your place at this event please email


Vocal Workshop on September 11, 2010

This workshop is now full.

The vocal workshop on September 11th will be led by Stuart Barr. Stuart is a singing coach and musical director, working among other places at the Royal Academy of Music. His most recent challenge was as Chorus Master for the special BBC Prom which celebrated Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday. In June, BBC Radio 3, in The Choir, featured the work Stuart has been doing to help choirs change their sound to suit the music. You can read more about him on his website,

Stuart will be assisted by our own conductor, Sam Gardner.

The workshop will be held in the relaxing environment of The Barn, Westfield Farm, Sheriff Hutton  YO60 6QQ. Tea and coffee will be available from 10.30, so that we can start promptly at 11.00.

Stuart and Sam have planned the programme as follows:

11.00 Welcome

11.05 Building the sound (Stuart Barr)

A whistle-stop tour around the basics of the voice. Stuart will look at why warming up is important, how it can be done efficiently and then provide tips for improving technique, including: airflow, efficient voicing, breathing, registers (larynx tilting), resonance, freeing tongue/jaw tension & posture.

12.30 Lunch – this will be Bring and Share

1.30 Singing with style (Stuart Barr)

Using the latest voice science research, Stuart will show how to change vocal colours to suit the music, concentrating on the Classical and Renaissance periods.

2.30 Break – tea and coffee

3.00 Performing Renaissance music (Sam Gardner)

A short introduction to performing music of the Renaissance; focusing on repertoire from the last concert. Identifying the techniques composers were using to draw attention to certain areas of the music and how our performance could reflect this.

3.30 Ensemble performance

An opportunity for the singers to split into groups and prepare their own performance of the day’s music, with advice and guidance available from Stuart and Sam.

4.30 Performance

Each group performs to each other with a short introduction from each about the musical decisions they made.

5.00 Finish