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Big Band Singing Summer School  - Benslow Music Trust
Monday 22nd - Saturday 27th July 2019

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A rare and exciting opportunity to sing with a big band - provided by the course running alongside - under the guidance of big band singers Anton Browne and Jenny Howe.

A big band song will be allocated at the start of the course; after your voice has been assessed. A link will be given to download your track in MP3 format to your phone or other Wi-Fi equipped device - they could also be transferred from my laptop - some sort of recorder will be useful. If you have contemporary singing experience this is an ideal course.

What else will you be working on?

Microphone technique and p.a.
Vocal technique relevant to swing singing.
Stage craft and performance.
Making a song your own - please bring two jazz standards with chord charts.
Essential music theory - chord charts transposition, counting in etc.

Resident: £585 Non-Resident: £460 Code: 19/503
Start time; Monday 7pm Finish time; Saturday, after breakfast.

Benslow Music Trust, Little Benslow Hills, Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. SG4 9RB

Lush Life Music - online source of big band arrangements.

Come Fly With Me

Backing Track

Everyday I Have The Blues


Mac The Knife

Backing Track

Night Train


Please Be Kind

Backing Track

Bad Bad Leroy Brown

Backing Track

I Get A Kick Out Of You

Backing Track

I’ve Got The World On A String

Backing Track

I’ve Got You Under My Skin

Backing Track

The Way You Look Tonight

Backing Track

Recordings of big band arrangements for male voices

A Foggy Day


Black Coffee


Blue Skies


Bye Bye Blackbird 1 - (song only)


Bye Bye Blackbird 2 - (song only)


Cheek To Cheek


Every Time We Say Goodbye


I Know Why


Route 66


‘S wonderful


Shiny Stockings


Someone To Watch Over Me


Straighten Up And Fly Right


That Old Black Magic


The Nearness Of You


The Very Thought Of You



Monday Evening

20:30-

Warm-up, assess voices, choose and check big band song.


Tuesday

09:30-11:00

Group vocal warm-up and technique.

11:00-11:30

Tea/Coffee break.

11:30-13:00

Split groups Anton & Jenny. Go through small band songs for performance on Fridays informal concert.

13:00-14:15

Lunch.

14:15-16:00

Microphone technique, presentation, stage-craft.

16:00-16:30

Tea Break.

16:30-19:00

Split groups Anton & Jenny followed by big band song run through.

19:00-20:30

Dinner.

20:30…

Private time for students to learn big band song.


Wednesday

09:30-11:00

Group vocal warm-up and technique.

11:00-11:30

Tea/Coffee break.

11:30-13:00

Split Groups Anton & Jenny - making a song your own.

13:00-14:15

Lunch.

14:15-16:00

Private time for students to learn big band song or big band rehearsal.

16:00-16:30

Tea Break.

16.30-19:00

Individual lessons with Anton & Jenny.

19:00-20:30

Dinner.

20:00…

Big band rehearsal or private time for students to learn big band song.


Thursday

09:30-11:00

Group vocal warm-up and technique.

11:00-11:30

Tea/Coffee break.

11:30-13:00

Making a song your own – completion & trouble shooting. Split groups (rotate) Anton & Jenny.

13:00-14:15

Lunch.

14:15-16:00

Split groups - rotate Anton & Jenny.

16:00-16:30

Tea Break.

16:30-18:00

Group song for end of big band instrumental concert Friday night.

18:30…

Dinner followed by Tutor Concert.


Friday

09:30-11:00

Group vocal warm-up and technique.

11:00-11:30

Tea/Coffee break.

11:30-13:00

Big band rehearsal.

13:00-14:15

Lunch.

14:15-15:15

Trouble shooting etc.

16:30…

Student Small Band Informal Concert.

18:30…

Dinner followed by Student Big Band Concert.

The timetable below is advisory and may change at any time and there may be rehearsals at any time as suits the big band tutors!

Big Band Songs will be allocated by tutors after assessing voices at the start of the course - unless otherwise agreed. Please keep this in mind.

The files below are for convenience.
Please respect  “Fair use” - the right to use portions of copyrighted materials without permission for purposes of education.

Recordings of big band arrangements for female voices

Overview for Benslow Big Band Singing Participants


I’m glad you’ll be joining us on the course and I hope the following will give you a practical idea of what you might expect. Educational details are omitted as you will receive these separately.


We hope the above helps you to prepare and we look forward to having a productive, enjoyable and musical time with  you.


Regards, Jenny & Anton (course tutors)