Freyamusic Consultancy and Workshops

Online Singing Course: Winter Songs and Carols

Four-week course beginning on Monday 29th November 2021
Minimum donation £40 

There are many wonderful songs around over the winter season, and I have had the pleasure of singing them in theatres, churches and cathedrals for the last 20 years. These are not your standard carols, but rather songs of the people. They are either folk songs, collected in the usual way and then sung or added to an archive, or they are carols that have been set to various tunes with stunning four-part harmony arrangements. This is what we will be looking at in this four-week course. 

Last year, we looked at carols including the majestic 'Diadem' and the tender 'Dunstan Lullaby'. This year, we will be doing a similar range of seasonal folk songs and carols with stunning four-part harmony arrangements. Expect some big hitters and tender moments, but above all, expect to get into the festive spirit!

All you need to bring to the party is your voice. These courses are always very popular, so make sure you get booked up so you don't miss out!

Learning online

This course will be taught online, so you can join in safely from wherever you are, and meet likeminded people from around the world. 

Before learning each song, you will receive a PDF of the notation. However, you don't need to read music to take part. You will also receive MP3s of each of the parts, and during the sessions themselves I will guide you through learning each song. The nature of these online workshops is that you can learn all the parts and, if you like, sing them all!

During the course, you will have the chance to submit MP3 recordings of yourself singing whichever parts you choose. My job, after teaching you the parts, is then to gather these recordings together and then put them into a mix. Scroll down to find out more about how this works!

Course dates
Sessions will take place once a week for four weeks. Dates are as follows:

  • Monday 29th November
  • Tuesday 7th December
  • Tuesday 14th December
  • Tuesday 21st December

All sessions will take place from 7–8pm GMT.

How to book

    For more details, and to book the course, email: courses@jofreya.com

     


    Online Instrumental Ensemble 22: Tunes from Blowzabella's 'Strange News'

    Four-week course beginning on Thursday 20th January 2022
    Minimum donation £40 

    The Blowzabella album 'Strange News' includes wonderful tunes like 'Le Petit Chien', 'Falco' and many more. In this four-week course, we will explore arrangements and make our own ensemble sound.

    Learning online

    This course will be taught online, so you can join in safely from wherever you are. Before each session, I'll send you PDFs and MP3 recordings of the tunes, and then during the sessions themselves we'll learn them slowly together. I'll make suggestions for arrangements and chords, and you'll have the chance to contribute your own ideas.

    You'll then be able to record your part and send it back to me so that I can create the virtual ensemble recording! Expect to collaborate with people from the UK, mainland Europe and the USA - not something we can manage physically very often (at least not these days!). Scroll down to find out more about how this works.

    Course dates
    Sessions will take place once a week for four weeks. Dates are as follows:

    • Thursday 20th January
    • Thursday 27th January
    • Thursday 3rd February
    • Thursday 10th February

    All sessions will take place from 7–8pm GMT.

    How to book

      For more details, and to book the course, email: courses@jofreya.com

       


      Online Singing Course: Songs from the Coope, Boyes and Simpson Catalogue

      Four-week course beginning on Monday 7th February 2022
      Minimum donation £40 

      In memory of my brother-in-law Barry Coope, I would like to celebrate his voice by teaching Coope, Boyes and Simpson arrangements. We will be starting at the beginning with songs from 'Funny Old World'. The three-part harmony arrangements will be augmented to include a 4th part for an even fuller sound.

      Learning online

      This course will be taught online, so you can join in safely from wherever you are, and meet likeminded people from around the world. 

      Before learning each song, you will receive a PDF of the notation, but you don't need to read music to take part. You will also receive MP3s of each of the parts, and during the sessions themselves I will guide you through learning each song. You can learn whichever parts you wish and, if you like, sing them all!

      During the course, you will have the chance to submit MP3 recordings of yourself singing whichever parts you choose. I will then gather these recordings together and then put them into a mix so we can hear how we would sound all together. Scroll down to find out more about how this works!

      Course dates
      Sessions will take place once a week for four weeks. Dates are as follows:

      • Monday 7th February
      • Monday 14th February
      • Monday 21st February
      • Monday 28th February

      All sessions will take place from 7–8pm GMT.

      How to book

        For more details, and to book the course, email: courses@jofreya.com

         


        How my online ensemble courses work

          My online courses allow you to work together to create an ensemble recording with your fellow participants. You could be in an ensemble with people from the UK, mainland Europe, the USA and more - not something we can manage physically very often!

          For instrumental courses, we will decide as a group about the arrangement we want to create, and for vocal courses you will have the chance to choose the part that suits you best (or perhaps choose more than one!). After the first session, you will have the opportunity to create an MP3 recording of your chosen part and submit it to me. I will then create a recording with all of you in it, and you will get an MP3 copy of any recording we make.  

          In week 2, we will learn a new tune or song, but also go back and play through the first one, this time hearing the whole group recorded in the mix. This will allow us to hear what we sound like together, even when we're based many miles apart! 

          Here's an example of a track created from an online instrumental ensemble last year: 

          https://soundcloud.com/music-39-2/polka-piquee-ens6mix2

          Here's an example from a singing course last year:

          https://soundcloud.com/music-39-2/dunstan-lullaby-sung-by-my-on-line-carol-course

           


          What past participants have to say

          "I have loved the course; it was a really nice opportunity to make music with others during a time that has otherwise been pretty isolated."

          "The tone of the workshops was really nicely set and worked well as a place to get to know the music, with a nice balance between playing and chatting and understanding more of the music and style. Interestingly the fact that we were muted when playing, whilst it took away some of the sense of ensemble, meant that it was possible to be more playful with things - trying out harmonies (many of which didn't work!) without feeling embarrassed or putting other people off. As a person who reads notes off the page, it was good to dip my toe in another way of doing things. And the tunes were great with a good level of challenge." 


           

          Consultancy and specialist workshops

          Freyamusic Consultancy and Workshops offers the following:

          • Mentoring of musicians and singers
          • Helping bands with arrangement
          • Bespoke music residential courses
          • Record production
          • Advice for bands and individuals involved in folk music
          • Music creation and composing for others
          • Guest programming
          • Guest radio presentation

          To find out more, contact: courses@jofreya.com