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Performance classes

A student group taking part in a performance workshop with a member of Department Ensemble-in-Residence, Quatuor Diotima

All students, teachers and staff are welcome to attend the sessions, which are free. If you have any questions or suggestions for classes you’d like to see happening, please contact Liz Haddon:

Please note, there are ‘vocal’ and ‘instrumental’ sessions, but anyone is free to go to anything – singers are welcome at the instrumental sessions, and instrumentalists welcome at the vocal ones. Some classes take the form of workshops and offer the chance to participate to everyone who turns up (for example, African drumming); others are more like a masterclass and require those wanting to participate as performers to sign up in advance. However, there will be the chance to observe at all sessions – active participation is strongly encouraged, and it’s usually more fun than watching!

Some classes have sign-up sheets for participants to register, particularly those where the leader will work with a certain number of students. These will be available online, sent to students as an email link. Information will be posted on the board at the top of the stairs in the music department main building.

Upcoming classes


Martin Suckling - string class

Martin will coach three players and their accompanists in this session.


Relaxed Performance Workshop led by Laurence Perkins

This session builds on the session led by Laurence earlier this term, and helps students to feel more confident in performance.


Leon McCawley - piano masterclass

Leon will work with four music students in this session.


Robert Hollingworth - choral conducting

More information will be available in due course

Recent classes

Alex Ashworth - vocal class: practice

Tuesday 18 February 2020

Exploring the topic of practice.

Bill Brooks - musical theatre/art song

Thursday 6 February 2020

Exploiting the possibilities of vocal coaching focusing on the dramatic potential of a song to enhance the performer's understanding and communication of the musical material, and the audience's reception of the performance.

‘Overcoming Anxiety’ led by Laurence Perkins

Monday 27 January 2020

An introduction to a number of fundamental concepts to help you deal with anxiety, suitable for any singer or instrumentalist.

'Performing with Greater Ease - in Music, Work and Life' - with Julie Parker

Thursday 23 January 2020

Musicians take great care of their instruments, but not always the same care of themselves.

Hilary Suckling - duo performance

Tuesday 21 January 2020

Hilary will coach three or four duos (instrumentalist and pianist or singer and pianist collaborators).


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