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Singing workshop with Ian Chesworth


Saturday, 11th September 2021 from 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
St Michael's Church, Macclesfield (map below)
Adults (18 and over): £15
KEMS Members: £10
Students: £5

Spend the day learning or refreshing your knowledge of this uplifting music with some vocal techniques and rounds to get your lockdown voice back in trim.

Programme for the day
9.30 – 10.00 am  Registration
10.00 – 1.00 pm Rehearsal with warm up & vocal techniques to start
1.00 – 2.00 pm Lunch
2.00 – 4.00 pm  Rehearsal with informal performance at the end

There will also be a short break during the morning and afternoon sessions. Tea and coffee will be provided during these breaks and home-made cakes will be available for a donation. Please bring your own lunch or buy your lunch in the town where there are plenty of cafes to choose from near the church.

Ian Chesworth
Ian is Musical Director and conductor of Macclesfield Singers.

As a Lead Musician with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Ian leads regular singing sessions in conjunction with Merseycare in the Mental Health Sector and is also a trained ’Singing for Lung Health’ leader. Much in demand to run workshops on vocal technique and repertoire, Ian was the keynote speaker at the 30th annual Association of British Choral Directors conference.

Ian works regularly with several choirs in the North West area. Following his collaboration with Gareth Malone on the BBC programme Sing While You Work Ian’s work-based choirs sing a range of styles; and Ian loves encouraging people who have never sung before to stand up and perform. His other choirs are musically diverse giving Ian opportunities to conduct big choral works with orchestra as well as a-cappella chamber choir music. He has been been active in keeping people singing throughout the Covid pandemic, running online singing activities for all ages and abilities!

Regularly working with actors in his private teaching practice, Ian regularly works with emerging professionals at Manchester Metropolitan University through the Manchester School of Theatre where he provides ensemble singing classes, individual vocal coaching and Musical Director support to their public performances.

Having trained as a singer to postgraduate level at the RNCM Ian is in demand as a singing teacher and vocal coach and works with students of all levels on a range of repertoire at his teaching studio in Arley and as a peripatetic singing teacher at King’s School, Macclesfield.

Rachel Fright (accompanist)
Rachel enjoys accompanying choirs, a passion which started when she played for the Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Chorus and Chamber Choir as they prepared to perform Penderecki’s Seventh Symphony at the Bridgewater Hall. She accompanies Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus and the Macclesfield Singers and works for Eton Choral Courses each summer. Rachel has also played for choral singing days with the Association of British Choral Directors. a residential course with the Hallé Youth Training Choir and a tour with Kinder Choirs of the High Peak.

Rachel performs regularly across the UK and has been featured on BBC Radio 3. She has a particular interest in accompanying singers. Following her performance as a Leeds Lieder Young Artist 2018, Rachel Fright was awarded the Hester Dickson Prize to study at Oxenfoord International Summer School with Malcolm Martineau. Recent work has included projects with Clonter Opera Theatre, Oxford Lieder Festival and the Jackdaws Music Education Trust. She is also a musician for Live Music Now and a deputy tutor at Yorkshire Young Musicians.

Rachel studied with scholarships to Pembroke College, Oxford and the RNCM, where she was a Junior Fellow in Accompaniment. During her studies, she was supported by the Helen Mackaness Award and won several prizes: the Stella Bradshaw Memorial Award, the Frost/Brownson Award for Accompaniment, the Clifton Helliwell Memorial Award, the Brodsky Prize, the Alexander Young Prize and the James Martin Oncken Song prize.

When your application has been confirmed, you can pay online using our secure ticketing partner Yapsody:
Alternatively, you can pay by BACS to the account King Edward Musical Society (sort code 01-05-41, account no 53566769.
Please email Moira Taylor or ring her on 07884 157012.
If you enjoy this workshop we would love to extend a warm welcome to you to join us at Macclesfield Singers. Macclesfield Symphony Orchestra plays for most of our choral concerts and sometimes we’re joined by some of the Macclesfield Concert Band members – we all enjoy making great music together. No audition is required and we rehearse on most Monday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30 pm, normally at Bollinbrook School in Macclesfield, but during the Covid crisis we have rehearsed (when permitted) at St Michael's Church where there is more room.

Our next concert with Macclesfield Symphony Orchestra is on Saturday 13th November when we will be performing Rutter’s Feel the Spirit and Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. The orchestra will also be performing Beethoven’s Overture: Leonore No 3 and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade.
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