North Professional Development Day 2019

North Professional Development Day 2019

Sunday 24 February 2019

10am to 5pm

Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

Teaching children and young voices
with Jenevora Williams

The day will explore a diverse range of singing technique applicable to all genres, with a focus on young and changing voices. We will delve into appropriate technique for young voices alongside the teaching of one to one, small groups and choir leading. The sessions will be interactive, including a masterclass in the afternoon when young singers will work with Jenevora to explore technical approaches to classical and musical theatre repertoire. There will also be lots of space for questions arising from the masterclass.

Jenevora Williams

Jenevora WilliamsJenevora Williams has taught singing at the Royal College of Music, Guildford School of Acting, the Yehudi Menuhin School, and many universities, and has had twenty years of working with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.

After a ten-year performing career in international opera and concert, she is now a specialist in vocal health and the teaching of young voices. She provides training for singing and voice teachers throughout Europe, and is the principal tutor on the only accredited postgraduate qualification in vocal pedagogy in the UK for Voice Workshop.

Jenevora’s book and DVD, Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults, is used by teachers worldwide. Find out more at Jenevora’s website.


10am Registration – tea and coffee available

10.30am Morning session 1:

  • Technical exercises for young singers
  • Breathing and alignment
  • Jaw and tongue
  • Breathiness and/or constriction

11.45am Coffee

12 noon Morning session 2 :

  • Application of technique, habit-forming
  • Group teaching, small groups and choirs

1pm Lunch

2pm Afternoon session 1:

  • Masterclass – three younger students, 20 minutes each
  • Questions

3.15pm Tea

3.30pm Afternoon session 2:

  • Masterclass – three older students, 25 minutes each
  • Questions arising

5pm Finish

National Youth Choirs Great Britain

As well as students of AOTOS members participating in the masterclasses, we are thrilled to have a member of the National Youth Choirs Great Britain Fellowship Octet for the afternoon classical masterclass: Sam Gilliatt.



Lunch and refreshments are included

Cost (including lunch)

  • Members: £60
  • Non-members: £70
  • Students: £30
  • Members bringing a non-member guest or guests: £50 each

Getting there

By train the college is fifteen minutes’ walk from Manchester Piccadilly rail station.

Bookings closed at midnight on Sunday 17th February