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Vocal coaching by Claire Williams
Claire Williams

Winchester Music Club members are being offered vocal coaching by Claire Williams. Claire sang as a chorister at Ripon Cathedral before moving onto Uppingham School as a Music Scholar. She continued her studies at both the Royal Academy of Music, with Michael Chance and James Baillieu and Guildhall School of Music, London with Susan Waters.

Recent solo performances include the Duruflé Requiem in Leeds Minster for Leeds Philharmonic Chorus; Dido, Dido and Aeneas by Purcell with Le Concert D’Anvers Orchestra on including a sold out performance in DeSingel, Antwerp and Leuven Stadsschouwburg, Leuven, Belguim; Queen Eltruda, Alfred by Thomas Arne for Doha Baroque Ensemble and The British Embassy, Qatar. Claire regularly performs as a soloist with choral societies and orchestras around the country, including Southern Sinfonia, Orpheus Orchestra, Amade Players, Musica Poetica and at the St. Endellion Festival, Cornwall. She has enjoyed singing in venues such as Cadogan Hall; St. John’s, Smith Square; St. Martin-in-the-fields; Chartres Cathedral and La Madeleine, Paris.

Vocal Techniques Workshop

Winchester Music Club held a vocal techniques workshop lead by Oliver Tarney, Head of Singing and Composition at Winchester College, in Winchester College Music School last Saturday (28 February) afternoon between 1:30pm and 4:30pm. Over 50 people attended the workshop and many attendees were from local choirs as well as WMC members.

Oli, an energetic and engaging teacher, ran a hugely enjoyable and successful day. He was assisted by Jamal Sutton, Assistant Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College. Tea, coffee and cakes, provided by WMC members, were enjoyed during the break. The workshop focused on: warming up, breathing, projecting and focusing the sound, volume control and voice blending.

Some photos of the workshop can be seen by clicking here.

Jamal Sutton’s close harmony group release CD

Cantores Episcopi of Winchester College, led by Jamal Sutton, are proud to present their latest recording, 'Steal Away Home - Folk songs and Spirituals'.

"The CD presents just a drop in the ocean of some of today’s more popular arrangements by composers from Ralph Vaughan Williams via classic arrangements of former members of The King’s Singers, very much to the present day and including two arrangements written especially for the disc. Here is a wonderful mix of sumptuous harmonies, syncopated rhythms and entertaining tales to provide a CD celebrating the folk song and spiritual tradition."

A track from the recording session can be seen here.

The CD is released Friday 4th December, just in time for Christmas, is available from www.winchestercollege.org.

It costs just £10, and Jamal will bring some along to our rubbing-out party on Friday 4th December if members wish to purchase one with cash or cheque.

Music at Winchester University

The University of Winchester’s extra-curricular music department, Foundation Music, runs choirs, ensembles, concerts and other activities on the Sparkford Road campus. These activities are open to members of the local community and participation in the ensembles is totally free of charge. All levels of experience are welcome and there are no auditions. There are seven choirs and eleven instrumental ensembles to choose from. Full details are available at the Winchester University website.

Choir discount at Choraline

Thanks to Ian Lowe for signing us up for a 10% discount at Choraline. The discount applies to all purchases and may be used online or over the phone. You will eventually receive an email from Jan that gives you the discount code (she's having email problems so can't send to you all at the moment), meanwhile you can email me and I will send it to you.