Ken Burton Singing Workshop November 2015

The workshop was a great success and attracted singers from different musical backgrounds from all over Essex. Feedback was extremely positive and we hope to run a similar event sometime in the future.

“Thanks for a wonderful day…I ended up with a better singing voice than I started with!”
“I went home feeling I’d been to something really special and the memory of the day will stay with me for a long time”
“What an amazing day, please come back!”
“Get Ken Burton back again!”
“The best day I have had for ages!”
“A most enjoyable day – very uplifting and a great deal of fun”

Have a look at this compilation video of the day.


Saturday 14th November 2015
10am – 5pm
Lecture Theatre 6 (LTB6)
University of Essex
map here: free parking

Tickets £15 : University of Essex Students £5

Join us for a singing workshop with radio and TV personality Ken Burton. All abilities welcome. You don’t need to be able to read music for this event.
Ken Burton is a performer, composer, recording artist and conductor as well as judge and adjudicator for BBC Television series The Choir and Musical Director for BBC’s Songs of Praise. Ken Burtons TV performances include The X Factor, Songs of Praise, BBC Proms and many more!
We advise booking early to avoid disappointment. It is not necessary to bring any sheet music. There will be tea and cake and you can bring a packed lunch or visit one of the cafes on the University Campus.
The workshop aims to excite people about choral singing and help participants find their voice. Different types of choral singing will be explored, discovering the common threads running through choral singing, regardless of genre.

Warm-Ups/Vocal Exercises
Quick songs: – songs drawn from a variety of traditions, including songs from the Cameroon Baka tribe tradition, to get people singing, and relaxed
Vivaldi ” Gloria”: – it’s not just in contemporary non-Classical genres that choirs can let go and enjoy infectious rhythms; this movement from the Gloria is bursting with energy.
Bach “Chorale – O Haupt Voll Blut Und Wunden” from ‘St Matthew’s Passion’ – to explore a range of techniques related to the genre of Classical. In addition to learning the pieces, we will explore ways to get to the heart of the music, and its meaning, and the beauty of choral harmony.
“Rivers Of Babylon”: – continuing on the theme of choral harmony a close harmony arrangement, exploring the genre and techniques of close-harmony/Jazz singing, and how they compare with other genres.
Spirituals & Gospel: a selection of Spirituals and gospel, exploring the techniques and joy of the gospel genre; among them Burton’s own “Come And Go With Me” and Salisbury’s up tempo “I Feel Better Now”.
“The Same Song”: – written originally for a multi-schools event, this song gives an opportunity for singers to be creative, in small ensembles, exploring the pop/rock/Soul/music theatre choral genres.

If you would like any further information please email

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