...a superb and really moving performance of Bach St John Passion
rehearsals were bemusing. “But what’s
it about?” “I can’t follow the
story”, “It’s all short bits”,
“Judas who?” Most
of us could recognise (but not
accurately I imagine) “See the Conquering Hero”,
but the rest was mystery. One
of the wonders of Handel for me, is that once on his wavelength you
voice part has its own distinct, singable, and memorable tune. The real revelation
however comes with the
orchestra and soloists (on great form), when the sheer grandeur of the
its spine-tingling narrative drama, must speak to even the most staid
singers and audiences. In my book this goes down as one of Valentine
greatest performances – not least because we seemed to hit
peak form at just
the right moment! From reflections
on the 2010-11 season from a choir member
- a big thank you for making this
interesting and rewarding day - you certainly opened up and brought
some of the thoughts behind the work and of Mahler's life and times to
everyone's advantage - particularly those who had never experienced
magnificent symphony before. I am
confident it will have encouraged many to learn more of this intriguing
and very enjoyable composer.
- Thanks once again for the
splendid workshop. You always make it so interesting!
- I just
wanted to thank you for an invigorating workshop yesterday which I
thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you for letting me come along. I think you
and Anne were fantastic; supportive and constructive, rather than
- I very much
enjoyed Saturday and I am very keen to continue singing
- I was genuinely surprised at the amount we managed to
get through, with a reasonable amount of
- A huge
thank you for a very enjoyable, useful and fruitful day
A course for
anyone who has you ever
been told 'you can’t sing' or has been asked to
like to say that I really enjoyed the day and I met some really nice
May I just say “thank
you” for a really good day last Saturday. I never
thought that I would have enjoyed it so much – and I think my
voice did improve!
Vocal techniques including tips and exercises to enhance your
musicality - a lively, fun, refreshing day of choral singing.
Repertoire included: Elgar Ave
verum; choruses from Mendelssohn Elijah.
- We are still receiving
complimentary comments about Saturday - one is thinking about her navel
when walking the dog!
has led 'bespoke' workshops for a number of choirs and music theatre
groups wishing to focus on specific technical areas, such as choral
tone, voice production or sight-reading. For more information
Groups for whom Christine has led workshops include:
Christine has also led INSET
training in music for primary school class teachers.
Together with Anne Fradd, an experienced solo singer and
Christine has delivered many workshops for solo singers, focusing on
performance skills and communication. The idea is to offer
solo singers, whether experienced or novice, a performance opportunity
in a friendly environment where advice can be tried out and
ideas exchanged. The participants, plus any listeners who may
enrol, form the audience for one another and each singer is asked to
prepare and present one or two songs of their own choice.
Full details on
are also available.
both novice and experienced choral singers and to others who would like
improve these skills,
perhaps to help with sight-reading on an instrument or for
grade exams. These workshops are also available to groups,
such as choirs, on a bespoke basis.