Sharpen vocal skills with Harborough Singers

Singer Charles Peterson (middle, in checked shirt) of the Harborough Singers
Singer Charles Peterson (middle, in checked shirt) of the Harborough Singers

The Harborough Singers are organising a choral workshop which will include the talents of internationally-known tenor Martyn Hill, soprano and vocal coach Julie Moffat and composer Charles Paterson.

Leading the sessions on Saturday, April 11, at Market Harborough Baptist Church, in Coventry Road, will be the group’s conductor David Beavan.

They will be working with small groups and as a full choir where people will have the chance to work one-to-one on their vocal techniques.

The course will help people sharpen their skills and enable them to give a higher quality performance.

It will include music by Finzi and Ward Swingle.

The singing will take place from 10am until 1pm and 2.15pm to 5.15pm, with breaks for tea, coffee and cakes.

It will then conclude with a short concert for family and friends at 6pm.

Kerry Wilson, a spokesman for the group, said: “The workshop is suitable for anyone. Basic sight reading and some choral singing experience would be an advantage, but is not essential.

“Attendees can expect to enjoy to some choral favourites and also be introduced to some new music.

“People will be able to read and polish their vocal material, improve their vocal technique, learn and better understand trends and influences which help shape the music and have an enjoyable day in the company of like-minded individuals.”

The workshop is open to all and gets underway at 9.30am.

The fee for non-members is £12.

The deadline to book for the workshop is Friday, April 3, which people can do either by using the form on the group’s website at www.harboroughsingers.com, by emailing Jenny Balme at j.r.balme@btinternet.com or by calling Tim Blades on 07976 757 352.

And the group also has some upcoming dates for people’s diaries. They will be singing evensong at Holy Trinity Church in Rothwell, this Sunday, at 5pm, which will include Mozart’s Benedictus from the Coronation Mass. Entry is free.

Its next major concert is on Saturday, July 4, at Cransley near Kettering, from 7.30pm, where they will be performing a wide variety of music including pieces by Mozart, Durufle, and a selection of light music with an American theme to celebrate Independence Day.

They will be performing as part of the Great Bowden Music Festival at St Peter and St Paul Church, in Great Bowden, on Sunday, July 5, singing Schubert’s Mass in G.

And on Saturday, October 3, they will be performing a jazz concert with district musician Chris Jeans somewhere in Market Harborough with the venue to be confirmed nearer the time.