Workshop in February

We’ve just got all the details confirmed for another really exciting workshop at Leeds College of Music. We’ll be taking part in their second “Choral Fiesta”, which covers three different musical styles in a day, on February 16th. Full details are on the LCM website at:http://www.lcm.ac.uk/short-courses/choral-fiesta-day-iiFlyer for workshop

In association with Leeds College of Music…

We’re proud to announce that Tim will be delivering part of a Choral Fiesta Day in association with Leeds College of Music. This really exciting opportunity gives you the chance to work on three different musical styles, with some incredible workshop leaders. At the end of the day, you’ll take part in an informal concert in the spectacular setting of LCM’s The Venue – an ultra-modern 350 seat concert hall in the centre of Leeds – with the option to have a live recording of the concert too.

The three styles being covered are contemporary rock and pop (which I’ll be running), African Township (run by Joyce Moholoagae and Paul Bartholomew from the Mbawula African Township Project), and Gospel (led by Ken Burton, principal conductor of the award-winning London Adventist Chorale and musical director of Croydon SDA Gospel Choir). The whole day of singing, including participating in the concert and having your own CD of the live recording of the concert, costs just £30 (or £25 if you don’t want the CD).

For more information, booking forms and payment options, see the page on Leeds College of Music’s website – www.lcm.ac.uk/short-courses/choral-fiesta-day.

Frustration!

I’m having one of those frustrating days when nothing seems to be going quite my way! I’ve been trying to sort out the travel arrangements for one of our “surprise” trips, and it’s proving far more difficult than I first thought. More information on this at the sessions this week.

Nevertheless, things are still going well – we had a very productive (and emotional) workshop in Sheffield on Saturday, and several invitations to sing in different places over the next few months. My main difficulty at the moment is trying to find enough hours in the day to get everything done!

The song list has now been frozen until next season, to give me chance to select the songs, write the arrangements and get the CDs recorded in time for the start of Season Three. I’m hoping to have the selections done by next week, and I’ll post them up here when they’re done. I’m excited about the songs I have to pick from – I’ve got 184 to wade through!!!

The future’s bright…

All the taster sessions for the spring season have taken place now, and we’re into the season proper – it was the first “standard” session in Nottingham on Tuesday, with Sheffield following tonight and Wakefield on Monday. It’s great to be back singing again, and fantastic to see the groups growing. Nottingham has nearly tripled in size, and now has 68 singers signed up. Sheffield is on course to top 70 singers, and Wakefield has grown by over 35%.

I spent this morning visiting the venue for our major performance at the end of Season Three. Wow! It is an awesome space, a truly unique place to stage a concert, and more than that – the staff are exceptionally helpful, too. Full details of this concert will be released in the next 2-3 weeks, once all the paperwork is sorted – but for now, pencil in 16th July 2011…

People who sing with me regularly will know that I like to keep you informed with regular emails. There’ll be a bit of a delay before I can send out my next email, due to a minor technical problem (my PC exploded after a power cut!). Normal service should resume in the next couple of days.

Finally, a quick note about the weekend workshops I’m running this season – most of these are quickly filling up, with the Sheffield Solo Singing workshop already oversubscribed and the Nottingham Solo Singing workshop only having one place left. In the next few days, I’ll be emailing or writing to everyone who has applied with full details of what to expect. I’m also hoping to schedule an additional date for the Solo Singing workshop in Sheffield, to accommodate everyone who wants to take part. After some suggestions from singers in Nottingham, I’m also looking at developing a fourth workshop. This will be aimed at people who have been singing in choirs for some time but who don’t have ambitions to become a soloist, giving them a “vocal assessment” and a detailed plan of how to improve their areas of weakness. Further details on this will be available once I’ve written the plan and confirmed some dates.