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Choir Workshops


Debs and Christina met over 20 years ago when they were both studying music together at university. They have remained friends and have recently put together a series of choir workshops that aim to mix the joy and fun of singing with excellent singing and performance technique. Teaching will be accessible to everyone (from experienced choral singers to those who have never sung in a choir before - ALL are welcome!) Debs is a singing and vocal specialist and brings a wealth of experience to these singing days.
  • About Debs Allen
    Debs works as a voice coach and singing teacher who specialises in vocal technique and performance. She particularly enjoys passing on to others things she has learnt from her time as a professional performer and voice coach, and former students of hers have gone on to win singing awards, vocal scholarships, sung on the radio and appeared in professional Westend productions.

    Debs’ experience

    - Won over 50 awards in the field of music and drama
    - Former member of the BBC National Chorus of Wales singing in numerous concerts, broadcasts and recordings both in this country and abroad. (This included a Christmas Doctor Who Concert and the Last Night of the Proms.)
    - As a soloist Deborah has sung in numerous concerts and operas and has appeared live on the radio. Her roles have included ‘Frasquita' in Carmen, ‘Flora' in La Traviata, ‘Despina' in Cosi Van Tutti and ‘Doralee' in the musical Nine to Five.
    - Conductor and Musical Director to children's and adults' choirs.
    - Freelance vocal arranger for theatrical productions
    - Former Head of Music school teacher


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  • Saturday 27th April - Choir Workshop, Classical Music and Singing Technique
    Saturday 27th April - Sutton Bridge, (Lincolnshire / Norfolk / Cambridgeshire border.)
    Choir Workshop - Classical Music and Singing technique - 9:45am-4:00pm

    Led by Debs Allen and Christina Oxtoby

    Good singing technique is the foundation upon which all performances need to be built. In this workshop Debs will be teaching you everything you need to know about singing technique (that we can fit into one day!) whilst she and Christina will be teaching you a range of classical choral pieces to enjoy being able to practice those techniques.

    Techniques Covered -
    Warm ups
    Breathing and Alinement (posture)
    Diction and Pronunciation
    Blend and Line
    Dynamics and Performance Direction

    Music We Will Cover -
    Dona Nobia Pacem (Anonymous)
    Great Minds Against Themselves Conspire, from Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)
    Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart)
    Introit, and Sanctus, from Requiem (Faure)
    The first section of Hallelujah, from Messiah (Handal)
    TBC (with a lot of words!) - Gilbert and Sullivan
    All in an April evening - Hugh S Roberton

    Notes
    - We will provide copies of all music needed.
    - You do NOT need to be able to read music to enjoy these workshops, all music will be fully taught with no prior knowledge assumed.
    - If you are blind or visually impaired please inform us with as much notice as possible. We will be able to provide enlarged copies of the music, and if needed will send you links to recordings of the music we will use.
    - Our venue is Westmere Primary School, Sutton Bridge. We will provide tea, coffee and biscuits but please bring a packed lunch with you.
    - Places must be booked in advance.
    - You can book and pay securely through this web-site. If you have any problems doing so please contact us and we will help you, or give you other payment options.

    Cost - £25 per workshop place / £60 for all three workshops

    We look forward to seeing you and are greatly looking forward to these workshops!
    please get in touch

  • Saturday 8th June - Choir Workshop - Musical Theatre and the Art of Performance
    Saturday 8th June - Sutton Bridge, (Lincolnshire / Norfolk / Cambridgeshire border.) Choir Workshop - Musical Theatre and the Art of Performance - 9:45am-4:00pm
    Led by Debs Allen and Christina Oxtoby

    This workshop uses pieces from Musical Theatre to look at how we can get audiences to engage with the music that we are singing, and what techniques we can use to make them believe the story we are telling. (Further details will follow nearer the time…)

    Notes
    - We will provide copies of all music needed.
    - You do NOT need to be able to read music to enjoy these workshops, all music will be fully taught with no prior knowledge assumed.
    - If you are blind or visually impaired please inform us with as much notice as possible. We will be able to provide enlarged copies of the music, and if needed will send you links to recordings of the music we will use.
    - Our venue is Westmere Primary School, Sutton Bridge. We will provide tea, coffee and biscuits but please bring a packed lunch with you.
    - Places must be booked in advance.
    - You can book and pay securely through this web-site. If you have any problems doing so please contact us and we will help you, or give you other payment options.

    Cost - £25 per workshop place / £60 for all three workshops

    We look forward to seeing you and are greatly looking forward to these workshops!



    We look forward to seeing you and are greatly looking forward to these workshops!
    please get in touch

  • Saturday 30th Nov - Choir Workshop - Gospel Music with Harmony, Blend and Tuning
    Saturday 30th November - Sutton Bridge, (Lincolnshire / Norfolk / Cambridgeshire border.) Choir Workshop - Gospel Music with Harmony, Blend and Tuning - 9:45am-4:00pm
    Led by Debs Allen and Christina Oxtoby

    In our final workshop for 2019 we will be looking at understanding harmonies and how we can blend our voices to make the best possible sound. Within this workshop we will be looking at perfecting our tuning and listening skills to go from ‘generally singing the right notes’ to ‘locking’ our harmony part in with others. This day will be using a range of Gospel Music to practice these techniques. (Further details will follow nearer the time…)

    Notes
    - We will provide copies of all music needed.
    - You do NOT need to be able to read music to enjoy these workshops, all music will be fully taught with no prior knowledge assumed.
    - If you are blind or visually impaired please inform us with as much notice as possible. We will be able to provide enlarged copies of the music, and if needed will send you links to recordings of the music we will use.
    - Our venue is Westmere Primary School, Sutton Bridge. We will provide tea, coffee and biscuits but please bring a packed lunch with you.
    - Places must be booked in advance.
    - You can book and pay securely through this web-site. If you have any problems doing so please contact us and we will help you, or give you other payment options.

    Cost - £25 per workshop place / £60 for all three workshops

    We look forward to seeing you and are greatly looking forward to these workshops!
    please get in touch