Future Concerts

Festival Singers’ Choral Workshop

For all singers!

Saturday 30 January 2021, 10am to 4pm
St Hilda’s Anglican Church,
311 The Parade, Island Bay

You will learn about:

  • vocal technique
  • how to approach a choral work (looking at the Benedictus from Dvorak’s Mass in D major)
  • good posture &
  • a new composition by Jonathan Berkahn.

Sessions professionally led by:

  • William McElwee (vocal coach)
  • Emile van der Mespel (Alexander Technique specialist)
  • Ingrid Schoenfeld (musical director) &
  • Chalene Scott (musical theatre warm ups)

Sheet music will be supplied. Benedictus from Dvorak’s Mass in D major, and a new piece by Jonathan Berkahn. Bring your own lunch. Morning tea provided.

Entry fee $30.

Click here to Book at Eventbrite

Or bring cash on the day.

Schedule: 

From 9:30 onwards – coffee and tea

Please arrive no later than 9:50

10-10:10 Welcome

10:10 – 10:40 Physical warmup with Chalene Scott

10:40 – 11:40 How to approach a choral work – looking at the Benedictus from Dvorak’s Mass in D major led by Ingrid Schoenfeld

11:40 – 12 Morning tea

12-1 Vocal technique workshop with William McElwee

1-2 Lunch (and swimming, if you want!)

2-3 Session with Emile van der Mespel, Alexander Technique specialist

3-4 Bringing it all together – workshopping a new piece written by Jonathan Berkahn – led by Ingrid Schoenfeld

About the presenters

First we have the wonderful Chalene Scott, who has a Bachelor’s in Performing Arts but more importantly, has been doing theatre for almost all her life. She has done musical direction for many musicals, as well as devised movement and theatre pieces, and is excited to bring a tiny bit of theatricality to your day. She’ll be leading a physical warm-up to start us off.

William McElwee is in demand as a choral conductor and vocal coach, praised for his ability to get outstanding vocalism from choirs and to stretch them musically.  He has recently returned to Wellington from the United Kingdom, where he was Musical Director of the Collegium Singers in Taunton and the Yeovil Chamber Choir, Assistant Musical Director of Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir, Organist at Holy Family Church Honiton, and Singing Teacher at The Gryphon School in Sherborne, while maintaining a private teaching studio and singing as a Deputy Lay Clerk at Exeter Cathedral and Buckfast Abbey.

William trained as an operatic soloist at the New Zealand School of Music and New Zealand Opera School.  Recent highlights of his performing repertoire are the bass solos in Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St Matthew Passion and the title role in The Marriage of Figaro.  Alongside his PGDip in Performance Voice, he holds a BSc in Mathematics and a BA in English and Latin with Honours in English Language.

Emile van der Mespel is a very experienced, fully registered Alexander Technique teacher.

Ingrid Schoenfeld is the musical director of Festival Singers.

What to bring

  • Your glorious self (and your singer friends – it’s open to everyone)
  • $30 cash, if you haven’t booked via Eventbrite
  • A packed lunch
  • A soft pencil and eraser
  • A swimsuit and towel if you’d like to swim at lunch

Email Philip Garside books@pgpl.co.nz for more information.

See you there.

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Festival Singers 2021 plans

Thanks for visiting our website.

We will resume Monday night rehearsals at Newlands Christian Assembly starting 7:00pm Monday 1 February 2021.

If you are looking for a choir to sing with in 2021 we’d love hear from you.

Here is a summary of our plans for 2021:

  • Festival Singers’ Choral Workshop: Saturday 30 January 2021, 10am to 4pm

    St Hilda’s Anglican Church, 311 The Parade, Island Bay.

    Sessions professionally led by:

    • William McElwee (vocal coach)
    • Emile van der Mespel (Alexander Technique specialist)
    • Ingrid Schoenfeld (musical director) &
    • Chalene Scott (musical theatre warm ups)

    Sheet music will be supplied. Benedictus from Dvorak’s Mass in D major, and a new piece by Jonathan Berkahn.

  • Starlit Night concert: Early July

    Matariki themed concert featuring: Seek Him That Maketh the Seven Stars by Jonathan Dove

    Ceremony of Carols Christmas Concert: Mid to late November

    Featuring Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, with Michelle Velvin harpist.

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