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Online workshop falsetto singing with David Hurley
Sing freely at home in falsetto voice and join male singers from around the globe
Thursday 4 June, 19 p.m. (UK time)
What’s the plan?
Gentlemen, surely many of you’ve had a sneaky go at singing as high as the Gibb brothers of The Bee Gees? Or if classical music is your thing, maybe you’ve tried singing along with Andreas Scholl or Sytse Buwalda? Countertenor David Hurley is inviting all gents to experiment with singing in falsetto voice. On Thursday 4 June you can do this under his expert guidance. And without feeling awkward: the workshop is online so as long as your microphone is off, the others won’t hear you. Just let your voice break, that’s the way to learn. Regrettably, it’s technically impossible to hear each other sing as a group. But experience shows that online singers still feel connected to each other.
Even if you sing tenor or bass in a classical choir or pop choir without using your falsetto register a lot, it’s still useful to master this technique. If your part gets too high to sing in your ‘normal’ voice, then falsetto offers a practical solution which suddenly makes it much easier to sing that high note.
Countertenor David Hurley will explain the tricks of the trade and take you through various exercises. Finally, you’ll sing two one-part pieces in falsetto. At the end of the workshop, we sing the songs as if in performance. As an extra, every singer can choose to record his voice and send in his recordings afterwards. Later on, a sound engineer will try to put the voices together, adding the moving images of the screened singers. A tricky process, but if successful, we’ll send you a downloadable souvenir of this workshop: a video proving we could have formed a real choir together.
What are we singing?
– Shall I sue? – John Dowland
– The Silver Swan – Orlando Gibbons
To take part, you need
- some experience with singing, but you don’t need any falsetto experience;
- the program ZOOM on your PC, laptop or tablet (can be installed for free); we’ll send you tips on how to use ZOOM in advance;
- a smartphone, only if you want to record your voice (with the function ‘dictaphone’, or ‘voice recorder’, etc.);
- some time to practise the songs in advance (using the provided sheet music and sound files);
- please be aware we’re not going to learn notes during the workshop. If easier, you can study the notes in your tenor or bass voice.
About David Hurley
As a tutor in England he now focuses on coaching and accompanying young singers and ensembles. He is a welcome guest at festivals and singing weeks worldwide. David is a regular guest tutor at the Koorschool Delft, where he has led the unique falsetto choir since 2017.
Thursday 4 June 7 p.m. (UK time)
‘Doors open’: from this moment you can log in
Welcome & intro by Petra Weijers of Koorschool Delft
Welcome & warming-up by David Hurley
Short Q & A break (about 8 minutes): David will answer some questions from singers
Final part ‘Performing’ and recording the two pieces.
How does it work step by step?
- Have your sheet music print-out ready, as it will not be shown on your screen.
- Have your smartphone ready, if you’d like to record your voice during the ‘performance’.
- From 6:45 BST: register at ZOOM (link and password to be sent by email after receipt of payment).
- If you take part in the recording of the piece, use the dictaphone function of your smartphone. This is essential for the sound quality, so please do NOT use your phone camera. Koorschool Delft will record the ZOOM screen showing the performing singers. If you don’t want to be seen in the video, just leave your webcam turned off during the ‘performance’.
- If you have an urgent question or connection problem during the workshop, you can report it via the CHAT function.
What’s the price and what’s included?
* access to the workshop (link and password);
* sheet music to be printed by yourself (4 pages, legal copy);
* sound files to practise the songs;
* a checklist with instructions for the workshop and tips for using ZOOM (printable);
* the option to record and store the complete workshop via ZOOM for your own use;
* as a bonus, if available: compiled video of the ‘performance’.
How many singers can take part?
Registration & payment
Registration from now until 2 June
Signing up implies that you give permission to appear on the screen (in a very small window) during the workshop.
If you prefer not to be filmed during the ‘performance’, please turn off your webcam.
If you appear in the video, this also implies that you have no objection to the use of the video for publicity purposes by Koorschool Delft and Bob Chilcott (see also application form).
Q &A moment
On your entry form you can fill in a question you’d like to ask David Hurley. We’ll make a selection and let you know at least one day in advance if your question is included. During the question round you’ll be told when to turn on your microphone to ask your question.
General terms and conditions
The general terms and conditions of Koorschool Delft apply to this online workshop.