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Soul/Jazz/Gospel Vocals | Goldsmiths University

Goldsmiths, University of London

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 at 18:30 - Wednesday, 13 December 2017 at 20:30 (BST)

Soul/Jazz/Gospel Vocals | Goldsmiths University

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Come and explore soul, jazz and gospel music, build your confidence and develop your singing skills in a safe, enjoyable and creative atmosphere with others.

Music from all three genres will be explored, learned and performed. Techniques of solo singing, singing in a group, listening skills, how to find and hold a harmony, improvisation, interpretation and rhythm will be developed.

Each term the group works towards public performances.

This is a ten-week short course with weekly Wednesday sessions at 6:30-8:30pm.

About the Tutor:

Brenda Rattray works Internationally as a Voice Expressive Vocal Coach and workshop leader. She is a performer, Composer and arranger, and Conducts Choirs. 

She has an enormous talent for teaching vocal technique and Performance skills both to individuals and in group settings. She has been running workshops and refining her teaching methods for over three decades and her expansive skillful, safe, approach has allowed her to work extensively in all areas of the community.

She has performed with artists such as the London Community Gospel Choir, Black Voices, Ian Shaw, Carol Grimes, The Grand Union Orchestra, Pee Wee Ellis, Stan Tracey and Duncan Lamont in venues including The Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scots, The Royal Festival and Queen Elizabeth halls, Saddlers Wells theatre, The Vortex, Union Chapel and more recently in The Jazz club ‘Hide Away’.

She has been a Vocal Tutor at Goldsmiths University since 2003 and her clients include Guildhall school of Music and Drama, BBC Concert and Symphony Orchestras, Secondary schools, Adults and children diagnosed with Autism and other special needs, Prisons in Australia, England and Northern Ireland, High Security Pyschiatric Hospitals, Glyndebourne, English National Opera and RNIB.

She has brought her inspirational workshops and vocal training skills to over 43 countries including Australia, East Africa, Finland, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Brussels, Madrid, South Africa and more recently to Italy where since 2000 she has continued to run workshops and perform. 


Her songs “The smile behind the eyes” (2005)  and 'Reach for the Positive,' (July 2009 ) and her book “Joy of Singing” are published by Faber Music and have established themselves in the repertoire of many choirs across Britain and Internationally.

The course dates are: 

4 October - 6 December 2017

Do you have questions about Soul/Jazz/Gospel Vocals | Goldsmiths University? Contact Goldsmiths, University of London

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Goldsmiths University
New Cross
SE14 6NW London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 at 18:30 - Wednesday, 13 December 2017 at 20:30 (BST)

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Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, known for its excellence in creative and cultural arts, humanities and social sciences, is launching an exciting range of adult education and short training courses, giving busy people the chance to work towards new opportunities and a more fulfilling future. We are presenting a diverse, new range of evening and weekend courses, taught by the same experts that teach our ground-breaking degree programmes. This is a chance for you to get a taste of the challenging courses that has made our graduates so successful in creative, cultural and business communities.

So whether you want to learn a new career skill, enhance your job prospects or just discover a new hobby, and at the same time develop your networks, then our short courses are a great opportunity to enrich your life and join the vibrant learning community at a world-class university.

What are we offering? Short courses in Business, Innovation and Marketing, Creative Computing, English & Comparative Literature, Music, Dance and Drama, as well as Social Science subjects applied to real life such as Anthropology, Psychology, Social , Therapeutic and Community Studies.

Goldsmiths is also home to the only Confucius Institute, whereby professional arts platforms are used to promote Chinese language and culture.



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