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Fun video today- who doesn't love a bit of Disney?
I love Jon Cozart's YouTube Channel PAINT, and accidentally rediscovered this gem the other day!
Do you have any favourite videos? We would love to share them!
Pop them in the comments below...
One of our Sing Space family, the lovely Debbie runs this fantastic French language school for children.
Check out the details below!
Les Petits Choux is a French language school for children based in Southfields and run by two local mums.
Classes recently relocated to The Aspire Centre, Merton Road and their classrooms mean the children can use an interactive French programme alongside the usual games, songs and stories making it a truly multisensory way to learn French for beginners and bilinguals on Wednesdays 4pm -5pm. They now also offer a Saturday morning class for bilingual children, 10-11.30am.
For more information or to sign up please email: email@example.com
It's choir time again!
Check out this video from our Christmas Concert below...
Fancy joining us?
The Choir runs Wednesdays 11:00 - 12:30pm and Thursdays 7.45pm.
Venue: Aspire, Southfields, 337 Merton Road, SW18 5JU.
Hope to see you there!
NEW 5 week course just announced. Very limited spaces. Subject to demand.
COST: £100 for 5 x 90 minute sessions on June 11th, 25th and July 2nd, 16th and 23rd.
Understanding that it can be difficult to find the time and funds for regular on-to-one lessons, Rachel runs ongoing singing courses for performers to stay on top of technique and repertoire. The weekly course offers an affordable alternative to private lessons and the chance to dig deep into the understanding of your instrument, and to demystify singing!
Register your interest here http://www.rachellynes.co.uk/singing-courses.html and we'll confirm the course by Friday 31st May!
We are so lucky to have had the wonderful CJ work with us at the Sing Space, leading a 'Beautiful: The Carol King Musical' Masterclass! She also kindly performed at our Charity Concert at Christmas.
Cassidy is a top West End performer, having starred in productions including 'Beautiful', 'Chess' and 'Avenue Q'. She is currently performing in 'Man of La Mancha' t.co/et8JKfy90c
Cassidy also has her debut album coming out- it will be released on Friday 14th June!
It features 14 new songs, 11 co-written by CJ herself, and a new song, written by @Carole_King. Check out her debut single here...
"RACHEL IS AN INCREDIBLE SINGING TEACHER. NOT ONLY IS HER TEACHING TECHNIQUE SECOND TO NONE SHE HAS A PERSONABLENESS ABOUT HER THAT MAKES LEARNING SINGING EXCITING AND FUN. SHE'S WARM AND EFFUSIVE AND REALLY HAS A KNACK ABOUT COMMUNICATING IDEAS AND QUICKLY AND CLEARLY TO HER STUDENTS. ONE SESSION WITH HER AND I - A SEASONED WEST END PERFORMER - LEFT WITH NEW UNDERSTANDING AND NEW WAYS OF THINKING ABOUT HOW I SING."
CASSIDY JANSON, WEST END LEADING LADY
We're back with our Sing Space Audition tip of the week!
Did you see our earlier post? Maybe you can try this out at the Open Mic night this Thursday!
Here we go...
THE PANEL WANTS YOU TO BE GOOD
It seems so simple, right?
Casting directors/audition panels have such a difficult job, finding the right people for the parts.
When you walk in the room, they want you to be amazing and perfect for the part- then their job is done! #problemsolved
So next time you are waiting outside, feeling those pre-audition jitters...
Remember that your audience want you to do your best!
Do you have a favourite audition song? Post it in the comments below!
Hey lovely singers! The Phoenix Arts Club hosts a Musical Theatre open mic night every Thursday from 8.30pm onwards. It's a great opportunity to practice an audition song, try out some new material and gain confidence singing in front of crowds. I've been several times, and the atmosphere is so lovely and supportive. Details below!
GOTTA SING! The West End's Musical Theatre Open Mic Night
Ever wondered where all those super-talented performers go after the curtain falls to let their hair down? Well, pop along to our weekly Musical Theatre open mic night and find out for yourself!
Run by the wonderful ‘Gotta Sing!’ team, see what happens when you combine these Musical Theatre stars of the present and future with a West End MD on piano, a table piled with music books, an empty stage and a microphone…and as for the group numbers…well, you’ll be joining in before you know it!
This night is very popular and space fills up quickly – be sure to get there early to get a seat.
Fancy giving this a try? Let us know if you do!
If you want to improve your performance skills/confidence but aren't ready to perform solo, why not join our Adult Musical Theatre Choir? We have two different sessions you can try, meeting every Wednesday morning and Thursday evening. It's a great way to enjoy singing and gain confidence!
We've asked top vocal coach and performer Anoushka Lucas 21 questions- and they are all about SINGING!
Anoushka played Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar in the West End, and also had an album in the Top Ten Singer/Songwriter charts. Her self-penned musicals have been produced as far afield as New York.
1. What is the first thing you do to warm up?
Brrrrrrrr up and down gently!
2. What’s your favourite song to sing?
You cannot go wrong with any Beauty and the Beast. Or She used to be mine from Waitress.
3. Which song do you think is the hardest song to sing and why?
There is a song called “On the steps of the palace” from Into the Woods that I find almost impossible!
4. Which singer do you admire the most and why?
Ella Fitzgerald has yet to be beaten in my eyes.
5. What what your favourite job as a singer?
I love going out with my band and getting to sing the songs I have written more than anything in the world! Jesus Christ Superstar was fun too :)
6. Is there one singing technique that changed your life?
When I learned to breathe properly it changed everything.
7. Where did you train as a singers and/or vocal coach?
I taught myself growing up - and then when I got into theatre I went to see a fantastic vocal coach called Mark Maylen and a lady called Mary Hammond.
8. What’s your favourite thing about teaching singing?
I love helping a student sing something they thought they couldn’t think, and seeing the joy that brings!
9. What is a common challenge you see in singers?
There is a tendency to push when you meet resistance - when your voice isn’t doing what you want it to do. It causes all kinds of trouble. I think as singers we can all be quite impatient that way, wanting to be able to do everything straight away.
10. What’s the best tip you can give a singer?
DRINK MORE WATER. Even if you think you are drinking enough - drink more.
11. How do you approach audition nerves?
Pay attention to the song. Remember someone wrote it, and your job is to paint the picture of what they wrote in a way that would please them, not the people auditioning you.
12. How would you save a tired voice?
Rest as much as you can, drink as many hydrating drinks as you can and warm up gently and carefully before doing anything. Also accept it’s not going to sound like it does when you are fully healthy, and let that be ok.
13. Who’s the best singing teacher you’ve ever had?
14. What do you think to people who say that you need different coaches for different styles of singing?
Honestly, I don’t know if that is true or not! Certainly if you want to sing in a classical or operatic space, you need someone who understands that...
15. Which is your favourite vowel to sing on and why?
You can play with it so much!
16. Where do you feel resonance in your body and do you use that feeling when you sing?
I feel it in my head and in my chest. I get a fullness from it
17. What does ‘support’ mean to you?
BREATHING! Learn to control and enjoy your breathing and everything feels so much healthier immediately. And learn to notice your body. The way you hold your body - your chest, your neck, your head, your shoulders - they all play a huge part in how supported your sound is.
18. Do you think that anyone can learn to sing?
I think that anyone can learn to sing yes. Not everyone can become Adele or Elphaba - but music is innate to human beings, and our bodies are the first source of it. I truly believe that singing is about emotion - anyone can learn to tell a story through song, to feel things and share those feelings with an audience, and that to me is singing.
19. Have you got a favourite sound to engage you higher register?
You can’t go wrong with “heeee”
20. Have you got a favourite sound to help a ‘breathy tone’?
21. How do you approach ‘belt’ in singers?
I am still working this out. The first thing to note is that a lot of people seem to approach belting as though it is a completely different beast to everything else they do - all their technique goes out the window and they are suddenly pushing from their throat again etc... so the first thing is to remind the student that belting is a part of singing, and that the stronger your own voice is - through regular practice - the better it’s all going to go. There is a lot about tongue placement also, people get tense and strain their throat and tongue - learning to relax that is key, allowing the tongue to stay down. Then it’s about practice! And easing up towards it not throwing 100% at the wall on your first bash. But like I said I still have work to do here!
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