Sunday 24 March 2019
10.15am to 4.45pm
The Gresham Centre, London
From bel canto to con belto
with Paul Farrington
As singing teachers we all come from different musical backgrounds, and with different influences, experiences and tastes, says Paul Farrington. We all have basically the same anatomy and physiology, so how is it that we can make so many different sounds? Our day will endeavour to relate some of the terminology doing the rounds of the singing community, which can sometimes confuse, divide us and worse still cause conflict. We all have one end in mind: to inspire and develop the voices entrusted to us.
As someone who came from a very traditional voice training background, the introduction of Voice Science was life changing for me. It continues to underpin my daily work, but does not dominate it. I believe strongly that it is our responsibility to help our singers become aware, but not paranoid, of how to create the many sounds they make, and enable them to reproduce these sounds even when we are not in front of them, or having prepared them to sing. aka, ‘warmed them up’. We are not reinventing the wheel, but all of the terminology floating around the voice world can often distract us.
On this day, I would like to share my experiences with you, presenting what I find works for the people I am fortunate enough to work with, from students, to opera ‘stars’ and everything in between. The sessions will be a mixture of classroom and practical including some masterclasses with live students.
None of us has all the answers, and I certainly don’t pretend to, but if we approach our work with honesty and humility then we can become the best teachers we can be.
- 10.15am: Coffee and registration
- 10.45am: ‘A rose by any other name’ – relating terminology.
- 11.45am: Coffee
- 12 noon: Masterclass with three singers (20 minutess each)
- 1pm: Lunch
- 2pm: An exploration of voice qualities, and their application.
- 3.15pm: Tea
- 3.30pm: Masterclass with three singers (20 minutes each)
- 4.30pm: Q&A
- 4.45pm: Finish
We are delighted to have members of the National Youth Choirs Great Britain Fellowship Octet participating in the masterclasses.
Cost (including buffet lunch and refreshments)
- Members: £50
- Non-members: £60
- Students: £25
- Members bringing a non-member guest or guests: £45 each
By public transport St Paul’s underground station has severely limited access until April 2019, so use Barbican or Bank instead.
By car On street parking is free on Sundays. There is an NCP car park nearby at the Barbican. There are disabled parking bays directly outside the Gresham Centre next to the taxi halt, and a few further along the street.
Paul studied Voice & Piano at the Birmingham School of Music then sang for many years in recital, oratorio and opera, while working as stage and musical director at Guildford School of Acting and Birmingham School of Acting. Now Vocal Health & Technique Consultant at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and vocal coach to some of the world’s foremost opera and concert performers, he has specialised in working with the solo voice for more than 35 years.
He trained and studied with Jo Estill, and was among the first in the world to be licensed as a ‘Vanguard’ by Jo herself, awarded in recognition as a pioneer presenter of Jo’s work in the UK. He has been Clinical Vocal Consultant at University Hospital Birmingham for more than 20 years.
Internationally recognised as one of the foremost vocal trouble-shooters in the business, he is in demand for workshops and teaching worldwide.