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The Advanced Retreat

The Advanced Retreat

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Go deeper Inside The Singing Voice with
The Advanced Practice Retreat

  Understanding 'Mixing', Dealing with Gear Changes,
Using Words, and the Bespoke Bit

On this Retreat we show you how things are interconnected. Discover your own default patterns in singing and speaking, and why they may be holding you back. This intensive training Retreat is designed for singers wanting greater vocal flexibility, control and confidence, for teachers wanting to understand how to help their students sing in different genres, and for choral trainers wanting more options for voice building, tonal possibilities and blend.

"A nurturing, non-judgemental and safe space to explore and develop your knowledge and teaching practice. You'll be challenged and you'll grow on every level". Mags Lowe.

Does your breath pattern work for you?

Whether you need more breath to sing, or you end up with too much, breathing is the life-blood of vocalising. We show you how breathing needs to change - depending on them genre, pitch range, phrase length and rhythm pattern - and why knowledge of transglottal airflow is essential to healthy singing

The "MIX"!

You'll learn how to find over 20 different mixes, including a whole host of useful and practical falsetto mixes. And we'll unpack the mythical 'Mix' that the internet is desperate to find.

"Most beneficial bit? The mixing desk - greater awareness that there are so many variables in a performance" CJ Welsh

Different genres, different sounds, same you

Discover the factors that allow you to change your sound with confidence

Learn how things change with range

A voice is NOT the same throughout the range. We show you how things change and what to do about it, including controlling gear changes and dealing with the tricky female 'middle' register

Word articulation - the missing factor in vocal problem solving

Every singer uses words, but did you know that many vocal problems are caused by the mishandling of vowels and consonants? We show you where and how words are created, and what to do when things go wrong

Find out more about your own voice use 

We help you identify your own vocal patterns in whatever genres you sing, and show you how to improve them 

There's a limit of NINE people on this intensive training

Bring your vocal challenges with you for personal, targeted solutions from Gillyanne and Jeremy

"It is difficult to isolate one singular take away - the course was for me about a holistic use of voice and endless possibilities - isolating only in order to build an integrated instrument. No-one had to conform to a certain aesthetic, vocal set up or method, and the possibilities presented were seemingly endless." 

"The tone of the course was excellent - research and experience based, with permission to work with what you (or your client) have. It was both grounding and freeing. Unmissable!"

Beware, this Retreat is advanced!
 We won't accept you on the Retreat if we think you don't have enough specific vocal physiology and practice knowledge. You need to have completed Singing and the Actor Training or our new training programme Inside the Singing Voice: Vocal Technique Unpacked to be eligible to join us for the Advanced Practice Retreat. If you have worked with us personally we can advise whether you are ready for this course content. We may also accept you if you have completed Estill Levels 1 and 2, if you're not sure whether you qualify, send us an email straight away.

The Advanced Practice Retreat takes place in our home in Presteigne on the Welsh border (see the picture to the right). Presteigne was recently voted one of the top ten The Advanced Training Retreat gardensmall towns for quality of life in the UK by the Daily Telegraph. Our tranquil garden has a river running through it, and our quiet house gives exactly the right atmosphere for concentrated learning and relaxationExcellent food is, in our opinion, essential on a training Retreat. We provide local produce including salads and fruit hand picked for us from the organic farm three miles away, delicious cheeses handmade in Herefordshire, nibbles from Deli Tinto (voted best Deli in Wales), and stunning bread from local Artisan Baker Alex Gooch, voted Radio 4 Food and Farming Producer of the year. And we offer homemade cakes and snacks throughout each day and can cater for most dietary requirements.

We usually start at 4pm on a Friday, which gives you time to get to us, and we'll finish at 4.30 on the Sunday, which gives you time to get home. Your colleagues are already booking up, so if you want to improve your skills, email us for the next dates

To your success,

Jeremy Fisher and Gillyanne Kayes

Vocal Process

P.S. There are several hundred people who are eligible to take part in the UK alone and we only accept 9 participants - make sure you find out about this Retreat now, or you could miss out

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