Sing from the heart with Evelyn Tubb and Michael Fields

Ref: SLW32033

Book now

Places available

About this course

Improve your singing whether amateur or professional. In an informal masterclass format work one-to-one on technique, interpretation, language and style. There are opportunities for several informal performances. Bring your own music (any style). Accompaniment can be by lute, guitar or piano. Singers are supported by piano accompanist, Clive Pollard.

Course Description

Solo or duet singers, either amateur or professional, who want to explore performing in an authentic and personal way will enjoy this course. Music of any period or style is welcome. Technique, interpretation, performing philosophy and confidence will be explored in daily masterclasses and informal performances in the evenings. Accompaniment by lute, guitar or piano will be available, and players of these instruments are also welcomed and encouraged to join the course. An informal student concert draws the course to its conclusion on the final afternoon – guests of course members are welcome to attend this afternoon, providing notice is given to the Student Welcome team.

Singers joining the course are asked to prepare 4–5 contrasting pieces of their own choice from any period or style (including music theatre). The course will not proceed chronologically, and you may visit several different styles or concentrate on a single genre. Songs should be memorised to obtain maximum benefit from the performing experience. Your selections must be advised in advance of the course, and you should bring an extra copy for accompanists. It is important that you email details of what you intend to bring to the course in advance to enable the tutors to prepare – please see Preparation below.

Whilst this course is not suitable for beginners or inexperienced solo singers, students of a wide range of age, ability and training are welcome. Some late afternoon/evening teaching sessions may be included. The tutors will advise at the start of the course.

Timetable

Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Please select and prepare 4-5 contrasting pieces of your own choice.
  • Please email this information to the tutors, by emailing: [email protected], at least 3 weeks prior to the course. Include information on your singing/playing experience, previous courses you have attended and your voice type/instrument you intend to play.
  • A spare copy of your selected songs for the accompanist
  • A portable recording device may be useful

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals.

Tutors

Evelyn Tubb

Evelyn Tubb, course tutor, works as a singing professor at the Schola Cantorum in Basel. She performed for many years with The Consort of Musicke and is known for her innovative style.

Michael Fields accompanist on lute and guitar

Michael Fields

Michael Fields is a highly regarded accompanist on lute and guitar who has enjoyed working with singers - amateur and professional, famous and unknown - for over 40 years.

Accommodation

Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

Courses of interest

Helen Hooker conducting

Recorder playing – building technique and ensemble skills

15 to 17 Jul 2024 | West Dean
Places available
Tutor: Helen Hooker |
Intermediate
£289
Singing students with Evelyn Tubb and Michael Fields

Finding our Orpheus within – for experienced singers

23 to 27 Aug 2024 | West Dean
Places available
Tutors: Evelyn Tubb | Michael Fields |
Advanced
£589

The extraordinary world of baroque music – music appreciation

20 to 22 Sep 2024 | West Dean
Places available
Tutor: Roy Stratford |
Suitable for all
£302