Total Vocal Workshops
Saturday 26 January 2019
The London A Cappella Festival presents an all-inclusive, immersive series of workshops for singers and choirs led by choral and a cappella experts, focusing on various aspects of singing and vocal performance.
10am: Switch Up Your Singing Style with The Swingles
11.30am: Get into the Groove with m-pact
3.30pm: Talk: Singing for Lung Health with Phoene Cave
5pm: Singing in the Black Oral Tradition with Black Voices
Workshops are standing events. Limited seating will be available.
Switch Up Your Singing Style with The Swingles
10am – 11am, Hall 2, Kings Place
The Swingles are renowned for their ability to move effortlessly between genres, grounded in the belief that every style of music deserves respect, craft and attention to detail. In honour of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ genre-bending Abbey Road album, the group will lead you through new sing-along arrangements of songs from that album, encompassing pop, jazz and classical styles.
Whatever your background, this workshop will give you the tools to step outside your musical comfort zone and explore different vocal techniques and approaches.
Get Into the Groove with m-pact
11.30am – 12.30pm, Hall 2, Kings Place
Does your group really know how to groove? Is your music achieving the head-bobbing, toe-tapping, finger-snapping vibe that you're looking for? In this session, join m-pact's Tracy Robertson (bass) and Jeff Smith (vocal percussion) who will discuss, dissect, and demonstrate specific techniques and tricks of the trade for developing a powerful, rock-solid vocal rhythm section.
Talk: Singing is Good for Your Lungs with Phoene Cave
3.30pm - 4.30pm, Hall 2, Kings Place
Vocal coach and music therapist Phoene Cave has been working with patients with long-term respiratory conditions for many years. In 2009 she was involved in the first randomised control trials at the Royal Brompton hospital in London. Supported for four years by the British Lung Foundation, she has delivered Singing for Lung Health training programmes to 150 singing leaders across the UK.
Join Phoene and people with chronic lung conditions for an inspiring talk and an interactive practical Q&A session, in which she’ll descibe her work and demonstrate some of the tools for managing breathlessness through singing, using audience involvement and live demonstrations.
Singing in the Black Oral Tradition with Black Voices
5pm - 6pm, Hall 2, Kings Place
Join Carol Pemberton MBE, founder of all-female a cappella quintet Black Voices, for an immersive workshop exploring the black oral tradition. From spirituals, Gospel and reggae to protest songs, you’ll learn new arrangements and explore harmony and improvisation.