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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

A focused vocal training Retreat for advancing your teaching and singing practice. On this intensive voice training 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 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.

"It allows you to get away from the (often) stressful and chaotic everyday life and focus solely on your own personal development. Where you live is stunning and tranquil - perfect place for learning in my opinion!" Connagh Tonkinson

"Your USP is that you're ACTUALLY a retreat. You have genuine CPD certificates AND it goes without saying that that it's you two and no-one else can sell that! For me, it was so good to get away from it all, work with likeminded super friendly teachers and honestly, it felt to me like a bit of a holiday too." Kate Cubley

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 the genre, pitch range, phrase length and rhythm pattern - and why knowledge of changes in 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. You'll find out more about female "middle register", 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 how to control, disguise or feature your gear changes

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? Learn how and where you create words, what "good diction" really is, and what to do when things go wrong

Find out more about your own voice use 

Identify your own vocal patterns in whatever genres you sing, and get specific advice on how to improve them, change them or rock 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 this 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 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, or if you have completed our Webinar Package on Vocal Registers. 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, Columbian coffee specially imported by our Presteigne neighbours, and snacks throughout each day. We can also cater for most dietary requirements.

"The experience was more than I expected, it really felt like a treat. A rare opportunity to develop self & have time out, in a beautiful place. I would say that the distance was worth the expertise of your good selves." Catherine Stephens

"The superb quality training and the distance from home allowed me to completely focus on one thing for the whole weekend, something which is very rare in my hectic schedule and family life." Jessa Liversidge

Date: November 8th-10th 2019

Times: 16.00-19.30 Friday
            09.30-19.30 Saturday
            09.30-16.30 Sunday

We start at 4pm on the 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. 

FOUR places have already gone so book your place now - there are only five places left and you don't want to miss out!

To your success,

Jeremy Fisher and Dr 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 add this Retreat to your shopping cart now, or you could be too late

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