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Summer Holiday Workshop and Master Class for Singers in Greece

Dream it? Or LIVE the Dream?!
Imagine waking to the sound of humming birds humming, surf sifting through sand, pine trees whispering and knowing that you are going to spend the day on the paradise island that once was home to the author Homer (Iliad and Odyssey). Yes Chios, the fourth largest island in the Aegean, beckons and The Hap'ning Place offers singers the opportunity to participate in singing workshops on this stupendous island from July 31-Aug 4 and 7-11, 2023

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Master Classes & Workshops. Chios Brochure 2023

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The five-day courses will offer the opportunity to sing every day and this includes individual coachings and choral work. The venue is the welcoming Maria's and the daily coachings are under the shaded pergola with a view to the sea a hundred meters away!

It is easy to come on your own and meet new friends or bring along your friends and family. There will be public performances but also plenty of opportunities to just take it easy too.

Coachings are scheduled in the morning, leaving the rest of the day free to explore Chios, lounge on the beach or, for the more active types, go scuba diving, bking, wind-surfing, paragliding, mountain-climbing etc...

Depending on your choice of accommodation, you won't be more than 200 meters from the delectable seaside restaurants and the island's best sandy beach.

Some recommendations from past students:

"I just wanted to tell you that I had such a good time. I learned so much and even just a few days of working alone on the things we talked about has given me so much more flexibility and greater control of my voice. You helped me so much; I want to study with you whenever I can. In short: thank you, thank you, thank you!" Angela J.

"This course is outstanding - Chios is a gorgeous island, green and welcoming; we stayed close to the lively little town with great restaurants and a fine sandy beach. The pavilion where we sang is open on three sides to a panorama of hillsides and trees. Just before our concert, we saw two eagles hovering over the top of the mountain. The acoustics are great, and it is a wonderful space to let go and really "free the beauty of your voice" Thea B.

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Singing Workshop in Miami, Florida February 2024

A five day beach-side workshop in Miami, Florida for singers. There are daily lessons and a performance at the end of the week.
Miles and miles of white sandy beaches basking in the warm winter sun on the famous Miami Beach—oh! And lots of singing too!!
Half term week: February 12-16, 2024 there will be a mid-winter Singing Workshop in Miami, Florida Click here to see more information on our website

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🎷Jazz Master Class with Stefano Marzanni

An exciting and unusual opportunity for singers in 2023 to obtain experience and train with the jazz professional Stefano Marzanni, who features most recently at Albert Club, Jazz Room at The Bull's Head, Crazy Coq, Pizza Express, etc . The participants coach their songs with Stefano in the day-long class and in the evening, you will feature in a public performance.

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Master Classes & Workshops. Mark Crayton and James Janssen Master Class

Mark Crayton and James Janssen Master Classes for Singers November 2024

Mark Crayton countertenor is a member of the music faculty at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois and sings throughout the world in opera and concerts. Recent performances include performances of The Chichester Psalms and The Messiah at Avery Fischer hall in New York, Giulio Cesare in San Diego and the debut of Phillip Glass' Gallileo/Gallilei in London.

James Janssen, pianist and early music specialist, is director of the Haydn by the Lake Music Festival and ECHO opera. As a pianist he also performs with Ars Antigua, the St. Clement Orchestra, and at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.Later this year, Mr. Janssen will tour again performing at the Phillip's Collection in Washington, DC, and at the Amstelrande Concerten series in Amsterdam.

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James Janssen Piano Master Class November 2024

The James Janssen Piano Master Class offers individual coaching with visiting performer, pianist and composer James Janssen. The master class gives each pianist the chance to coach through their pieces and observe the other pianists in a open class. The finale of the day is a public performance in the concert hall at The Hap'ning Place.

James made his debut at the precocious age of 13, performing with the Anderson Symphony in Haydn's Piano Concerto in D. He went on to receive his degrees from Indiana University and Oberlin College's prestigious Baroque Performance Institute, where he studied with renowned fortepianist Penelope Crawford. James presently teaches in Chicago and is founder and director of Haydn by the Lake

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Performance Workshop October, 2023

New York performers Megan Thomas and Robert Lydiard offer a two day Master Class for The Hap'ning Place singers at The Hap’ning Place in Crouch End. Their popular two-day master classes covers audition techniques, CV presentation, vocal styles and techniques, as well as voice-over and advertising jingles advise. Megan and Bob understand the rigors of preparing for performance and the tricks to control nerves as well as making a performance look spontaneous.

Megan Thomas grew up in an acting family. Both her father and her grandfather were actors and her mother was a famous script writer.
Megan has sung all over the world with various productions and also back home in New York with the Metropolitan Opera.

Bob Lydiard has toured and performed on stages throughout the world and in films. He is especially known for his work on "The Paper Chase", "The Finger Lakes" and "Law & Order", but you will also hear his voice on many commercials and even as a dolphin!

We are privileged to offer our students the opportunity to coach with these two international stars at The Hap'ning Place.

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Schubertiade - Schubert's songs coached by Patrick Leresche

Swiss pianist Patrick Leresche graduated from the University of Arts in Bern (Switzerland) with a Master of Piano in Pedagogy and received a Masters of Performance in Piano Accompaniment with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama will conduct the master class this year.
Mr Leresche leads the Schubertiade, coaching the singers through the songs to encourage the most from their interpretation and style. The end of the class offers a public performance at the piano room of The Hap'ning Place as well as during the Crouch End Festival in June.

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Patrick was staff accompanist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama has written a play about another famous German composer Robert Schumann. The play is based on the letter conversations with his wife Clara Schumann, was performed at the Reflective Conservatoire Conference 2012 and again most recently in Luzern (Switzerland) November 2014.
Another project Patrick has been involved with was the theatrically staged "Lads in Their Hundreds", directed by Iain Burnside. The piece was performed recently at Theatro Technis (London), at The Weekend of English Song in Ludlow and on a live broadcasting on BBC Radio Three.
If you would like to participate in the master class, please contact us.

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Lose Those Nerves with Angela Elliott

Angela Elliott is a successful therapist, offering short courses and sessions at The Hap'ning Place to help performers who find that nerves hinder their performance. Angela uses creative visualization to help performers overcome those ‘butterflies’ and debilitating nerves. Specializing in helping musicians and singers, Angela teaches you to overcome stage fright and build confidence. Some of Angela’s clients are Grammy nominated, have won BBC Jazz awards, with long and illustrious careers in music, and have been child stars and Hollywood actors. All have been helped by the techniques learned with Angela. click here to request more information

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Yoga and Voice Workshop

The Yoga and Singing Workshop offers singers and others who would like try voice work, the chance to explore the relationship and freedom that occurs when the voice and body work as one. You will learn how to release stress and enhance your speaking or singing.

This workshop is definitely accessible for people who have not had training in either discipline. It promises to be an enjoyable process of discovering more liberty in your body and voice. Pippa (Inner School of Yoga, British Wheel of Yoga, and Hap (BA Mus, MM vocal performance and MM music history) will inter-weave gentle yoga postures with vocal exercises to help you discover a 'whole-istic' approach to using your voice. This 3 hour workshop will help you to identify and ease any tensions; bringing out the natural tone and beauty in your speaking or singing voice

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