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Classical Singing

Summer School — Music

This Classical Singing course is an Who is the course for? Entry Requirements
intensive week of classes and coaching
in vocal technique, performance skills Students should be at least 17 years of Students will be required to submit a
and repertoire for adult singers, whether age and have reached a minimum of DVD for consideration by the Course
student, professional or amateur. around ABRSM Grade 8 or equivalent in Leader in advance of being accepted to
order to fully benefit from this intensive the summer school.
During this summer school you can take summer school.
advantage of a varied programme of Please record and send a solo piece,
activities with classes being delivered by Students who would benefit from this of no longer than four minutes
highly experienced, successful artists of course may be: duration which you feel comfortably,
international renown. demonstrates your strengths as a singer.
• a singer who is preparing to audition
Students will benefit from individual for courses in music conservatoires An excellent course for
singing tuition from a team of expert • an amateur or semi-professional singers who want to learn
vocal tutors, where any aspect of the singer wishing to refresh their singing what conservatoires are looking
singer’s skills can be considered. skills and performance abilities
• singers already studying at a music for in terms of technique and
conservatoire who are considering ability, as well as the chance
applying for post-graduate learning to have some amazing tutors
giving a really personal
evaluation of your individual
strengths and where you
could improve.

Classical Singing student,


August 2013

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Classical Singing

Venue, Date, Cost course LEADERS Stephen Robertson


Head of Vocal Performance
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Helen Lawson
100 Renfrew Street Stephen Robertson is a vocal pedagogue
Glasgow, G2 3DB Helen Lawson was born in who is much in demand both nationally
Northumberland and studied singing and internationally, especially in the USA
11 – 16 August 2014 at the Royal College of Music and the where he regularly delivers masterclasses
Monday – Friday, 10am–6pm National Opera Studio in London. A at the University of Indiana. He combines
Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship the multi-disciplinary skills of singer,
£510 enabled her to pursue her singing teacher and voice researcher.
studies in Germany with Prof. Erik
Werba at the Hochschule für Musik in Stephen studied Music at the University
Munich, and Prof. Konrad Richter at the of Oxford and singing with Marjorie
Course Outline Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart. Thomas and David Johnston of the RAM.
He sang at Bayreuth, Frankfurt, and the
During this Classical Singing summer Helen has appeared as soloist in opera Salzburg Osterfestspiele where he was
school you will: houses both at home and abroad, invited to join the music staff. He taught
• develop and refine your vocal including English National Opera, City at the RNCM for six years and has been
technique of Birmingham Touring Opera, English teaching at the Royal Conservatoire of
• improve your performance skills Touring Opera and De Vlaamse Opera Scotland for eleven years.
• gain greater insight into repertoire Antwerpen. Some of the many opera
artistry roles Helen has performed include Stephen’s students have sung at many
• achieve a better understanding of Butterfly, Countess Almaviva, Pamina; of the world’s leading opera houses,
yourself as a singer Governess; Tatiana and Senta. She has including Covent Garden, La Scala,
also appeared as soloist in recitals and Le Chatelet, Netherlands Opera,
Each day will begin with a group warm- oratorio in the UK and abroad. Vlaamse Opera, Canadian National
up session and a practical class on a Opera, Norwegian National Opera,
specific aspect of singing technique such Helen taught for 10 years in German Strasbourg, Wiesbaden, English National,
as breathing and support. This will be universities (Bayreuth and Bamberg) and Glyndebourne, Opera North, and others.
followed by a presentation on a different moved to Glasgow in 2002 to take up the
topic each day so that by the end of the post of Lecturer in Vocal Studies at the Stephen has two articles in preparation
week each student will have revised Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (then for publication, “Resonance
his/her working knowledge of vocal the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Characteristics in Upper Passaggio Tenor
technique. Drama). Singing” and, “Predicting the Secondo
Passaggio in the Male Voice”. Last
Topics for the week will include the In 2013, Helen attended Meribeth year he was an invited speaker at the
anatomy of breathing, Alexander Dayne’s CoreSinging Teacher international Physiology and Acoustics of
Technique, resonance in singing, and Certification Course © in Annecy. Singing conference in Stockholm.
expert diagnosis of registration issues
using state-of-the-art, computer-based
equipment.

Students will be coached in French


Mélodie, German Lieder, Italian and
English Song as well as appropriate
operatic repertoire. There will also be
classes on acting for opera. These classes
will enable singers to develop as artists
and enhance their skills as performers.

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Timothy Dean In 1994 Timothy was appointed Head Preparing for


Head of Opera of Opera at the Royal Conservatoire your course
of Scotland. Since moving to Scotland
Timothy Dean studied music at Reading he has worked with, amongst others, You should arrive for the course with
University, followed by piano and the RSNO and Scottish Opera as well a reasonable quantity of repertoire
conducting at the Royal College of Music. as giving concerts with the Symphony memorised so that you can fully benefit
He worked for fourteen years as Chorus Orchestras of both the Junior and Senior from the range of classes. Advice on this
Master and Head of Music for Kent Opera Conservatoire. He has also conducted aspect can be sought in advance from
and, in 1987, was appointed the first over forty new opera productions in the Course Leader.
Music Director of British Youth Opera. Glasgow and Edinburgh and developed
He was instrumental in developing the a variety of collaborative projects. He is Students who wish to take French
company into a vital part of the national currently Vice President of British Youth Mélodie, German Lieder, Italian Song,
infrastructure for training young singers Opera, having been Artistic Director English Song, or Operatic repertoire,
and musicians. Other appointments (2000 – 2006). He continues to be active will need to bring suitable material for
include conductor of the London Bach as coach, accompanist, adjudicator and these classes, already prepared and
Society, Music Director of The Opera conductor. memorised.
Company, Assistant Music Director and
Chorus Master with the New D’Oyly Other Guest Tutors
Carte Opera Company, followed by
company debuts for English National Isobel Anderson Book your place
Opera (Oedipus Rex/Bluebeard’s Castle) Mark Hathaway
and Scottish Opera (Barber of Seville). Judith Howarth All short courses can be booked online
Scott Johnson at www.rcs.ac.uk/shortcourses. Please
Julia Lynch-Strehle select the course you wish to book and
Patricia McMahon follow the instructions to confirm and
Clare Shearer pay for your course online.
Julian Tovey
Professor Christopher Underwood If you wish to speak to a member of the
Short Courses team, please get in touch at:

E: shortcourses@rcs.ac.uk
T: 0141 270 8213

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