On Saturday, 17th March, the London Symphony Chorus enjoyed another Singing Day led by Deborah Miles-Johnson (with LSC accompanist Roger Sayer) and invited others to join them for a day of choral training and singing.
The focus of the day was a choral workshop concentrating on the technique of singing and specifically singing in a symphony chorus. There was training in breathing, tone and voice projection, the sustaining of pitch and how to achieve a blend of sound so as to produce a better ensemble.
The day was intended for those who may already sing in a choir or belong to a choral society. It was aimed at helping the use of the voice to better advantage, so that singers feel more confident in their capabilities.
The sessions began with a good warm-up routine as well as advice on how to sing correctly. Work included a wide range of well-known choral music giving participants the opportunity to practise different aspects of singing.
As well as being a leading mezzo-soprano in the UK, Deborah Miles-Johnson is also Associate Chorus Master of the Philharmonia Chorus, vocal coach for the BBC Symphony Chorus and Chorus Master for Chelsea Group. As a result of her experience both as a singer and teacher, her workshops are much in demand. She has achieved considerable success in improving technique and choral sound. She also makes the day a great deal of fun.
If you are interested in finding out more, watch out for future workshops.