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Freevoice Weekly Sessions

164, Eversholt St London NW1 1BL  

'for the love of singing..'

*Weekly vocal development and fitness for everyone
*Free - No charge to attend at the studios
*Led by Leon Berrange, one of London's most sought after vocal instructors.
User Comments: "I've really enjoyed the performance foundations course. I've found it inspiring to see the week on week improvement that everyone has made not only vocally but also in terms of stage presence and confidence. A great oppotunity to have lots of solo singing time in a challenging yet supportive environment. Personally the course has given me the opportunity to challenge myself, step out of my comfort zone and experiment with performing different musical styles than I am used to. Week 1 Ella Fitzgerald, Week 2 Pink....quite a contrast! " :: Karen Crookes
Leon Berrange

Hello my name is Leon Berrange. I have been a musician, singer and engineer/producer all my life, and have been teaching singing voice for over ten years. I have studied with leading teachers and spent some time as a SLS certified teacher.

The refined art of singing rests on a raft of physical and mental skills and awarenesses. I have developed powerful techniques for achieving real vocal development when working with groups by concentrating on developing these underlying skills.

These proven vocal development techniques, used regularly in my premium course modules, are now available to you in these NO CHARGE public sessions. Just register, respond to the weekly attendance email, and come along. Challenge and develop your technical abilities, and deepen your understanding of good vocal production.

'Who should attend?'
  • If you are a pro or semi-pro singer: These sessions will keep you relaxed and balanced and performing at the top of your ability.
  • If you are a developing singer you will gain skills and understanding that will enhance all aspects of your vocal studies.
  • Beginners will become familiar with the foundations of the singing voice. Beginners will benefit from also taking an introductory course such as our Beginners Part A.

Each session will address the core voice issues facing singers at all levels, so they are great for transitional and intermediate singers as well as pro's who are looking for an effective vocal-fitness regimen. Provided you can sing the scales in tune you will be able to benefit from the work done in this group.

'What are these sessions about?'

To achieve our artistic goals as singers, we need to learn to control all aspects of the sound we make. Read my article on pre-singing skills if you want to know more.

To enable us to develop a great sounding, healthy voice, with seamless range, power and control, we need to take control and build awareness of the physical skills and actions that underlie the singing process. The exercises we do have the following aims:

  • Eliminate throat tension
  • Encourage strong use of the jaw
  • Training the tongue to stay flat at the back
  • Develop strong, connected vowels and relaxed, precise consonants
  • Develop phrase legato
  • Develop correct breathing
  • Develop singing posture
  • Get in the habit of making a strong sound
'Where and when?'

At the Voxbox studios in Camden. The day and time change once or twice a year so check http://www.meetup.com/freevoice/ for latest info. 

'How to I attend?'

Just fill in the form on the right. You will get a weekly email with a link to click if you are attending that week. This is just to keep numbers under control.

'Why are the sessions free?'

The sessions are free and there are no hidden charges. This is our way of being able to work with people we may not otherwise reach. We know singing lessons are expensive and often beyond the reach of the struggling artists who in many ways need them most. And some people who come along will eventually end up booking lessons, so it's good marketing for us, too.

'Do I need to be taking lessons?'

It depends on your goals and the stage you are at. A good teacher will give you a deeper understanding of your voice and how you get it sounding the way you want. A teacher will also work on repertoire, applying the technical to the artistic. If you are an online viewer, you can book lessons with Leon and his colleagues via Skype. But any time whether you are studying actively with a teacher or not, the freevoice sessions will challenge and develop your technical abilities, and deepen your understanding of good vocal production.

'I have a limited range... can I still attend?'

One of the best features of this type of group is that by hearing singers around you doing the exercises, you learn how to overcome the common problems. We exercise right across the vocal range, and this may seem daunting if you think you have a limited range or weak sound. But as you gain control of these basic skills, you will find that getting the basic physical approach right is a key ingredient in a strong sound and good working range.

'I have difficulty pitching notes... can I still attend?'

To work, the group must all be singing in tune. You need to be able to sing basic voice exercise scales in tune in a mixed male/female ensemble.

Voxbox Camden Studios 164 Eversholt St London NW1 1BL