Elective: Open Your Mouth and Sing
'You have to. If it scares you, do it because it scares you. If it doesn't scare you, then you're weird.'
A one day course for people who have said 'I could never do musical improv'.
Heather and Joe will provide a supportive, joyous and safe environment for any age or ability to explore the world of improvising with music. We'll cover a range of music styles, games and song structures. We'll also look at taking improvised scenes into songs.Really useful for those who want to give it a go but need a safe environment to let their musical hair down. Also suitable for those who want a fun refresh and introduction to some new exercises.
'It has a direct impact on my confidence on stage or at events - I now know that nothing can phase me. If I can make up a song on the spot about something I know nothing about it, what's the worst that can happen when I'm presenting? Feels amazing having these skills in my toolbox.'
This class takes place on the 17th December from 1 to 4pm at the Nursery Training Centre, Capital House, 42 Weston Street, SE1 3QD and costs £40. The class size is limited to 16 spaces. Please note that course fees are non-refundable when paid.
Teacher: Heather Urquhart
Heather trained in Physical Theatre but after graduation started her lifelong affair with improv joining Kepow Theatre with Kevin Tomlinson in 2004 and has been with the Maydays since 2006. The Maydays were winners of the award for best comedy show in the Brighton festival in 2007 and have performed for audiences, and trained improvisers all over the country, even going to Chicago to train at the IO theatre in 2008. Heather is also part of a two person improv team with Jules Munns. Their show Ten Thousand Million Love Stories is a multi-character longform improv show around the theme of love which they took to the Improvised Play Festivalin Austin Texas April 2013. Heather is winner of Foghorn's UK Improv Smackdown 2013 and winner of The Latest Brighton Festival and Fringe awards Best female performer 2013. She compliments her improv career with acting, sketch comedy and singing. She has been a performer with Brightons satirical comedy sketch company The Treason Show since 2007, as well as a sometimes singer with the mercury music prize nominated Electric Soft Parade.
'I loved the freedom of just opening my mouth and seeing what came out. The joy of feeling your way through the music and creating something in a supportive environment where randomness is welcomed. The incredible talent of Joe playing beautiful music to suit each scene perfectly. Heather's ability to make us feel comfortable and relaxed enough to trust our instincts.'
Teacher: Joe Samuel
Joe Samuel is a classically trained pianist and violinist having studied music at Royal Holloway University of London. He has been a professional musician for 15 years, playing in a variety of successful bands on both his electric violin and on keyboard. He teaches piano, theory, harmony, composition and music technology A level as well as teaching musical improvisation and comedy. Joe Samuel has been the musical director of the long running sketch comedy show, The Treason Show in Brighton for 6 years. He is also the musical director of The Maydays improvisation group as well as being guest musical director for a number of other improvisation projects in Brighton and London. Joes interest in harmony and analysis has also led him to discovering a new way of teaching and understanding chords and harmony, and he now runs a project called SeeChord which helps students, teachers and songwriters hone their skills.SeeChord.comis the hub of this project.
The Nursery Training Centre, Capital House (View)
Weston Street (North end)
London SE1 3QD
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|