It's inspiration Thursday again!
Check in weekly for motivational quotes that can help you push through to the weekend. Not sure how inspirational this one is... but it made us giggle!
What's your favourite song to sing in the shower?
(I've just rediscovered my love for Legally Blonde the Musical... lucky neighbours!)
Every Wednesday at the Sing Space, we will be promoting a local business in South West London.
This week it's Little Wombles Nursery!
Nicky is one of the Sing Space family; she's a member of our adult musical theatre choir, plus her kids attend our camps, courses AND have singing lessons with us!
She's such a wonderful human being, so we have no doubt that anything she does must be amazing! Any child would be lucky to be in her care.
Little Wombles offers you the very best in childcare.
Based in Wandsworth, South West London we provide the highest quality care and pre-school
educational experiences for our children, giving you complete peace of mind when leaving your
precious little ones.
Little Wombles is a spacious and well-equipped family run nursery with a maximum of 24 children
each day. We guarantee that we will maintain our exceptionally high staff:child ratios throughout
the age-groups. This enables each child's full potential to be nurtured through focused,
personalised care and attention. We are committed to meeting each child's individual needs and
developing their passions and skills for the future.
It's choir time!
We are about to start our Wednesday choir session for the week, and we would love for you to join us soon!
Run by our founder and West End performer, Rachel Lynes, this show choir is for adults of all abilities and focuses on a termly syllabus of vocal technique as well as learning all your Musical Theatre favourites. Each session involves insight into the voice and how to train and look after your instrument, followed by a West End warm up and performances of arrangements of classic and contemporary musical hits.
The Choir runs Wednesdays 11:00 - 12:30pm and Thursdays 7.45pm.
Venue: Aspire, Southfields, 337 Merton Road, SW18 5JU.
Please note that, as we understand that it can be tricky to juggle family life - babies and small children are welcome to the morning classes at your discretion!
Wish you were able to go to the theatre more?
In a world where ticket prices to West End shows cost more than a weekend away, we want to share some ways to find cheaper tickets- so that we can all see more of the brilliant theatre we have here!
There are a few different sites that do this, but we're focusing on Central Tickets, as it's the biggie which is free to sign up to and is accepting members right now, if you go via this special link.
Sadly we can't give you full info on exactly what tickets are available – because members themselves are forbidden from giving details, and because the site's only given us a link to let you sign up on the condition we don't spill the beans. So the shows you can see are hidden away on the site until you join.
In a nutshell, you register to join the site, scroll through the list of available shows and usually pay £4 to £6.50 per ticket. The idea is you get the tickets at a super-low price in exchange for helping to create an atmosphere at underfilled performances.
To see what cheap tickets are on offer, and be notified as more become available, you'll need to join as a member. It's free to do so and you don't need to give your card details or commit to buying anything – though it's worth reading on first to understand how it all works.
The best bit is you can skip the queue. The site is currently closed to new members who apply directly. Those who try will be put on a waiting list and usually get in in a few months. But go via our special Central Tickets link and until 14 Aug 2019 (or when a massive 500,000 people have signed up, whichever is first) you can join straightaway without waiting.
Have you seen Emilia yet?
"Join Emilia, and countless others, in this cathartic roar."
We LOVED this beautiful musical; a brilliant all female cast, fantastic writing by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and a truly powerful message. Theatre at its best.
Check out the Broadway World review by Marianka Swain here:
The show closes on the West End on the 1st June - DO NOT MISS IT.
Got a big audition coming up?
Maybe you're considering going for the Frozen auditions? (See our post from earlier today!)
Or maybe there's nothing lined up currently, but you still want to be prepared for when it does!
Every Monday we will be posting a top audition tip, so here goes...
Every audition is different; sometimes you know exact what's going to happen and what you need to prepare, other times you could have no information apart from the date and the location (one would hope). There are so many things you CAN'T control in an audition, so focus on the things that you CAN control.
1. Know your material inside out
Who is your character? Who wrote the piece? What play/musical/film is it from? When was it written?
2. Research the panel
Who will be auditioning you? What shows have they worked on before? What is their role within this project? What do they look like? (You don't want to assume they are a runner, then realise it was the director!)
3. Find out where you are going- and get there early
CITYMAPPER. GOOGLE MAPS. We live in a world of scarily clever technology, so for the most part, being late is no excuse! I always aim to get to an audition an hour early, in order to make sure I know where I'm going and then have time to relax and get focused. There's nothing worse than going into an audition room panicked because you've been running around Covent Garden for an hour!
Do you have any top audition tips? Post them in the comments below and we will share them every Monday!
CASTING - DISNEY'S FROZEN - THE MUSICAL
Frozen, based on the hit 2013 Disney film of the same name, will open at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in autumn 2020. The show has been created by the same writing team behind the film – Jennifer Lee, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
Date: Friday, 24 May 2019
Venue: UK Theatre School, W Regent St, Glasgow, G2 1RW
Sign in: 09.00 –14.00
Date: Monday, 3 June 2019
Venue: Studio 25, Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PE
Sign in: 09.00 – 14.00
Date: Thursday 6/Friday 7 June 2019
Venue: Old Diorama Arts Centre, 201 Drummond Street, London, NW1 3FE
Sign in: 09.00 –14.00
Date: Monday, 10 June 2019
Venue: DanceXchange, 1 Thorp Street, Birmingham, B5 4AU
Sign in: 09.00 –14.00
Date: Thursday, 13 June 2019
Venue: The Sherman Theatre, Senghennydd Rd, Cardiff CF24 4YE
Sign in: 09.00 –14.00
Date: Friday, 14 June 2019
Venue: Dance Ireland, Liberty Corner, Foley St, Mountjoy, Dublin 1
Sign in: 09.00 –14.00
WHAT TO PREPARE
Think you're going to go for this?
Why not book in for a lesson at the Sing Space? We offer 1-1 vocal lessons with top industry professionals, as well as group courses where we explore and demystify the workings of the voice. We'd love to have you, and help you do the best audition you can!
It's Vocal Geek Sunday here at the Sing Space!
Every week we want to share with you a singing technique, that will help you improve your voice, and make your vocal cords HAPPY!
TECHNIQUE OF THE WEEK:
An ode to the 'BRRRRR'
Most of us love this simple exercise because suddenly singing feels so easy - suddenly there are no breaks in our voices, suddenly the high notes just fly out - but why?
A lip trill works all the fundamental components of your instrument creating a perfect balance of breath and muscle release. Also, being SOVT (Semi-occluded vocal tract or half shut mouth) it sends the sound waves backwards which, when they meets the air coming upwards, sandwiches your vocal cords between air and sound waves bringing them together without any tension.
But how do you transfer the lip trill into your singing?
Doing your lips trills daily will strengthen your breath support, release tension and teach your cords to stay together throughout your range without tension.
It really is that easy.
Do you have a favourite vocal technique? Share it with us, and we can post it next week!
We are lucky to have some EXTREMELY talented artists working with us at the Sing Space. Our vocal coach of the week is the lovely BETH!
West End artist, jazz singer, musician and vocal coach, Beth, has worked with many amazing individuals and companies from Jools Holland to the Brit Awards.
Her work as a vocal coach is informed by her extensive work as a professional singer in the London Jazz Scene and on the West End, giving her an understanding of the demands on performers today; emotionally, physically and technically. www.bethroars.com/
Beth also has a very successful YouTube channel, and has recently reached over 125,000 subscribers!
Check out her cover of 'Requiem' from Dear Evan Hansen here:
Want to book a lesson with Beth?
Drop us an email at email@example.com
Sing Space founder Rachel Lynes is starting a new singing course at the Actor's Centre, Covent Garden in June!
Understanding that one to one singing lessons can be expensive, West End vocal coach, Rachel Lynes, offers the alternative of regular small group 90 minute lessons to get on top of your repertoire and technique. With expert guidance, you’ll be following a syllabus to dig deep into your understanding of your own voice and to demystify the workings of this wonderful instrument.
Further details can be found via the link below.
More details about Rachel can be found on her website:
Take a look inside the Sing Space.
Opportunities, Auditions and castings.