Date: 30 Oct—4 Nov 2018
Details: evening Tuesday 30 October - 4pm Sunday 4 November
Location: Hill Cottage Retreat Centre, Rhos-y-meirch, Knighton, Powys, LD7 1PD
Run by: Michael Harper
Contact details: 01547 520044
This singing retreat is the third 5-day event Michael has run at Hill Cottage. It is intended to help singers create more freedom and authenticity in singing. Michael has devised an approach based on a combination of breathing techniques to free the mind of anxiety, exercises to realign the body in order to use the breath more effectively for singing, as well as both traditional and innovative vocal training methods. It is an opportunity to work closely with Michael for an extended period to achieve freer expression in singing.
“My aim is to discover and expose each person’s abilities to find the song in themselves whether it be opera, Lieder, folk song, soul, blues, jazz or any other style. There is a natural flow that is present in everyone.”
The group will focus on the breath, then spend time on stabilising the body by revisiting static posture and freedom in movement, to uncover how the voice is used and how to work with the body to liberate it. Michael will also teach some songs from his extensive repertoire.
Each singer will have a one-to-one session with Michael within the group . This benefits both the individual and group who continue to learn via these short masterclasses. It is useful to bring a couple of simple song to work on during these sessions. Support pairs are encouraged to meet each day to discuss the general teaching and how to act on the individual advice that Michael gives.
Five days together can create a sense of community. Sharing meals and informal singing time in the evenings offers another important dimension to the retreat. The feedback from participants reflects the progress that everyone makes, as well as the impetus to continue developing their voices, as a result of concentrated time spent with Michael.
“Singing with Michael Harper invites us to let go of the anxieties that hold us tight and engage with his holistic approach to the use of body and voice. The result is a kind of alchemy which astonishes and delights in equal measure by enabling the discovery of the voice we possess but which we are so good at concealing. Five days with Michael are a joyful and enriching experience.” David Riley
“This was a transformative week! Michael seems unique to me, in his ability to know what is going on in one’s body/mind and the blockages to true expression through singing. The way he worked with me was gentle, sensitive and compassionate. And to experience this in such a beautiful place care of Zarine and Jeremy feels a huge privilege – thank you.” Meretta Hart
“Have come away with lots of exercises I can do – to improve my breathing and practice some movements which help me to sing out with confidence.” Jan Norton
“Inspiring and transformative…plus wonderful food and company. Thanks to everyone” Jackie Jones