Date: 25–30 Oct 2016
Cost: Workshop, full board and accommodation in shared twin rooms: £375/345 Workshop with lunch (non-residential): £175/150
Details: Tuesday evening until 4pm on Sunday
Location: Hill Cottage Retreat Centre, Rhos-y-meirch, Knighton, Powys, LD7 1PD
Run by: Michael Harper
Contact details: Jeremy Bruce & Zarine Katrak 01547 520044 Please get in touch with Zarine if you would like more information or a booking form.
A five-day in-depth singing retreat.
“But I want to move – I need to move to sing!” Is often heard from the singer who has not yet understood the importance of stillness in singing. Just think – the simplest change in the expression on your face can change the use, the colour, and the tone of your voice.
This workshop is intended to help singers create free and intended expression in singing, using a combination of gross and fine motor skills. It is an opportunity to work closely with Michael for an extended period to achieve freer expression in singing.
The group will spend time on stabilising the body by exploring control and freedom in movement and then focus on the importance of stillness in singing. Simple songs will be used to uncover how the voice is used and how to liberate it, through gentle releases, within the body. Each singer will have one-to-one time with Michael in the group during the workshop.
Michael Harper is a countertenor, singing teacher and workshop facilitator. He has worked internationally as a singer and teacher in the UK, U.S.A, China and many countries in Europe. He has sung at the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House, the Geneva Ballet, the Megaron (Athens), and the Venice Dance Biennale.
As a teacher and workshop facilitator, he has worked with the Youth Music, SingUp, The Sage Gateshead, The National Theatre, and the Centre for Performance Research in Aberystwyth, the Asolo Song Festival, Pegasus Opera, The National Theatre (London) and choirs throughout the UK and in Germany.
He teaches masterclasses internationally; has singing studios in London, Bristol, Newbury, Frome, Newcastle and Oslo; and is Co-creative Director for Sing for Water, London (The Mayor’s Thames Festival).
Some comments from Michael’s previous three-day workshop The Natural Flow at Hill Cottage (May 2015):
“On one level, it was just marvellous to hear Michael’s voice; on another, he skilfully took me, through song and body awareness, to a new place, a deeper place and, with great humour and love. It was hard work and fun and at the same time instructive and moving. The space we worked in proved a perfect setting to support our individual journeys.” Jan Norton
“What a triumph! There aren’t any words for it all, but it wouldn’t have been the same without every single detail; the people, Michael’s laugh and his wonderful smile, the room – and the rugs – and the cold windy sunshine, the food of course, and the voices – most of all the voices.” Hilary Shepherd
“Such a nurturing and glorious weekend…….. a sense of coming together and building trust and connection and finding the songs, the harmony, the awe, soul-beauty and generosity of Michael’s sharing and his singing….. such a gift.” Lucy Bronwin