HCS Voices Workshop, Saturday 23rd September
The day began promptly at 10.00 am at The Venue, Storthes Hall, a wonderful setting for the first ever workshop of HCS Voices. Every detail had been thought through, from arrival time and checking in, to ensuring we were all suitably fed and watered while allowing sufficient time to relax and socialise.
The day included works from ‘Feel the Spirit’ by John Rutter in readiness for a forthcoming concert, and further practice of Monteverdi’s Domine ad Adjuvantum from the Vespers. Our leader, Laura Bailie, came to ensure we performed to our highest standards, accompanied by our excellent Tim Wilkes, on keyboard.
The surprise of the day was the arrival of Joyce Tindsley, an accomplished Vocal Coach. Each voice part attended separately for instruction from Joyce on breath control. This was much more difficult than might be imagined but it produced obvious benefits in sound quality. We were given useful feedback and a vocal exercises print-out for further practice. Will this ensure future virtuoso performances? Time will tell.
The final part of this incredible day left everyone on a high and included a rousing rendition of Rutter’s When the Saints go Marching In, led of course by Laura. While some choir sections were receiving their vocal coaching, we returned to the Monteverdi. After a short practice, Joyce came to listen and give suggestions on how to improve, utilising the techniques she had earlier demonstrated. It made a notable difference which left a marked impression on everyone. Joyce then performed the solo in Rutter’s ‘Deep River’ with Tim at the keyboard. It was a polished performance amply demonstrating voice control techniques in action.
Sincere thanks are due to everyone who gave so much time and effort into making the day a wonderful success, namely:
Laura Bailie for her amazingly clear and skilled leadership
Joyce for sharing her superior knowledge and training skills
Tim Wilkes, our wonderfully talented and adaptable pianist
Angus, Helen and Jill for their faultless organisation of the entire event and for ensuring a plentiful supply of tasty food and drinks.
The National Lottery Community Fund for providing the grant which made the day possible.
Well done everyone!
HCS Voices Member