Tutor: Catherine Griffiths
Location: Uppingham School
Intensive vocal coaching for singers aged between 15 and 21
What does the course offer?
The course is designed for singers aged between 15 and 21 who wish to develop their skills and confidence as individual performers and are possibly considering pursuing singing at a higher level or as a career. Course Director Catherine Griffiths is Head of Singing at Uppingham School and will be joined by Yvonne Sandison and Andrew Kennedy. All of the tutors have a wealth of experience on the operatic stage and concert platform both nationally and internationally as well as a wealth of teaching experience.
There will be workshops and masterclasses on Italian Song, French Melodies, Lieder and Opera, as well as presentation and performance classes with an emphasis on stagecraft and communication and including physical work designed to improve posture and breathing. Thursday afternoon will provide an introduction to the weekend with a snapshot of each class and possible demonstrations by the tutors. The two mornings will start with whole body warm ups and diction training as well as group vocal warm up sessions. Course participants will also receive one to one vocal coaching from one of the tutors. The weekend will culminate in a presentation of selected performances to an invited audience with introductions and guidance from the tutors.
Some advance preparation of prescribed repertoire will be necessary for course participants to fully benefit from this opportunity to fast track their vocal progress. This information will be sent out in advance of the course.
Born in York, Catherine Griffiths studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, the University of Manchester and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Johanna Peters. Her career began with three years as a member of the Royal Opera, after which she left to become a freelance principal artist working with English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera Northern Ireland, Pavilion Opera, and Opera Theatre Company, among others. She has performed across the world, working in the USA and Japan, and throughout Europe. Catherine now combines her performing career with family life and an ever expanding teaching practice. She is Head of Singing at Uppingham School.
Andrew Kennedy studied at King’s College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music in London. He was a member of the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where he performed many solo principal roles. Andrew has won numerous prizes and awards including the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Rosenblatt Recital Prize. He is a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award winner and won the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artists’ Award in 2006. He was also a member of BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Scheme. Andrew is Head of Singing at Westminster School as well as teaching at Uppingham and is frequently called upon to give masterclasses at schools and conservatoires including the Royal College of Music.
Yvonne Lea-Sandison was born in Cheshire and studied at Chetham’s School and The Royal Northern College of Music, where she won several awards including the Curtis Gold Medal. Further studies took place at the National Opera Studio supported by a Peter Stuyvesant Award, and in Paris after winning the Miriam Licette Scholarship. Yvonne made her debut at the Glyndebourne Festival where she immediately won the Glyndebourne Touring Opera Singer’s Award. She has made regular appearances with all of the major British opera companies and abroad. Yvonne has a wealth of teaching experience and currently teaches at Oakham School as well as Uppingham and The Birmingham Conservatoire.
Check List of Course Specific Items to Bring to Uppingham
Please ensure that all clothing, instruments, cases, music stand, and all other equipment are CLEARLY MARKED WITH THE STUDENT'S NAME
- Notebook and pencil
- Concert dress
- Clothing should be comfortable and casual
Registration on Friday 21 July at 3.30pm in the Paul David Music School (PDMS).
Registration 8.45am - 9.00am in the PDMS on Saturday and Sunday.
Collection will be at 8.30pm in the same place on Friday and Saturday, and after the 5.00pm concert on Sunday.
Registration on Friday 21 July at 3.30pm. Collection will be after the 5.00pm concert on Sunday.
- Non-Residential students: Lunch and supper are provided. Please notify us of any special dietary requirements.
- Residential students: All meals are provided. Please notify us of any special dietary requirements using the Parental Consent Form.
End of Course Concert
- There will be an end of course concert on Sunday starting at 5.00pm (concert dress is required for this as above) lasting for about one hour.