Perfect and perform 

workshop and masterclass 

with Mary King

Sunday 14 May 2017

  • Guildford County School, GU2 4LU

A chance to spend time perfecting your technique but also remembering about the performance.The acclaimed teacher and vocal coach Mary King will spend the day in a masterclass/workshop setting, working with students of teachers from our area in all styles of music. You can just come along and observe the workshop or bring a student to sing and watch them flourish.

Singers young and old, from the age of 13, are welcome and all genres of song will be covered in the class.

Early booking for places with a student is recommended as they are bound to be at a premium. Caroline Jaya-Ratnam will be accompanying all day so teachers can fully benefit from watching Mary work. (Music copies for Caroline should be sent to local representative Jan Spooner Swabey by the end of April.) Please send details of student singers to South-East Representative Jan Spooner Swabey so we can plan the schedule.

Mary, one of AOTOS’s honorary life presidents, is always a favourite speaker and this more practical day will make full use of her great talents. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with one of the outstanding vocal teachers of our age so do come and join us!

Light refreshments are included in the fee but not lunch, so please bring your own.

Provisional timings

10am: Registration and coffee
10.30am: Introduction to the day and housekeeping
10.45: Session 1
11.45am: Comfort break
12 noon: Session 2
1.15pm: Lunch
2.30pm: Session 3
3.45pm: Questions, discussion, summing up
4.30pm: Day ends


The venue is Guildford County School with good transport links from all over the region: the train station is within walking distance. There is limited free parking on site and around Guildford if needed.


  • Member: £50
  • Non-member: £60
  • Student: £20
  • Member plus non-member guest: £40 each
  • Accompanied student (not singing) £20
  • Accompanied student (singing) £10

Contact South East Representative Jan Spooner Swabey with any queries, or book online now and pay by credit card, debit card or Paypal.

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Jan Spooner Swabey South East Area Representative

Area Representative: Jan Spooner Swabey

With an enormous area to cover, ranging from the Isle of Wight to Norfolk, I will not promise to meet you all in your home town but I hope we will meet up at a conference at some time whilst I am your area rep! As I live in Sussex, I would welcome input from those of you in East Anglia and Kent and Essex for development ideas that you think will work and will try to organise an event nearer your part of our area.

In our area we have all types of teachers with a variety of expertise so the more we can come together, formally or informally, to exchange views, difficulties and successes the better. The Pod coordinators will aid in this (there has already been one such informal get together) so do make use of us all. We want our organisation to be thriving and relevant to us all.

Do contact me with anything you feel I may be able to help with and I look forward to seeing some of you at our next conference if not a local event or Development Day. Jan Spooner Swabey

More about Jan Spooner Swabey, South East Area Representative

Previous South East Area events

May 2016: Teaching singing to young voices with Jenevora Williams

May 2015: Development Day in Woking with Stuart Barr

May 2014: Development Day in Winchester with Ann-Marie Speed

March 2014: Masterclass at Clare College, Cambridge with Joan Rodgers CBE

May 2013: Development Day in Winchester with Mary King

February 2013|: Masterclass at Clare College, Cambridge with Roderick Williams 

September 2012: Open Auditions day with Nicholas Sears (RCM) and Wendy Gadian (Central)

South East Area Contact