Training and Encouraging Your Choir
He has worked with choirs across the UK and abroad enhancing and sealing the work done by musical directors and conductors.
Typical areas covered in his workshops are teamwork, breathing, interpretation (dynamics, phrasing, text pronounciation etc), as well as singing with a unified sound, choral blending, musical and memory-based games (usually done with childrens workshops, but not always!), and having a good time!
Would you like him to visit your choir or educational institution? If so, feel free to contact us through this site! Here's an excerpt from a recent press release after one of Edward's workshops:
'Smashing' ,' fun', 'really made me want to sing', 'brilliant on all sorts of levels', 'day of bonding' are some of the comments made by singers after their day's workshop with Edward-Rhys Harry.
About 60 members and friends of the Athenaeum Singers gathered in the comfortable setting of Christchurch, Warminster for an exhilarating and enlightening day of music making. Drinks and snacks were provided and the singers were able to enjoy relaxing together in their breaks from the hard work of the day.
The first session started with a thorough relaxation and warm up session, and then Edward moved on to helping the singers realise how different parts of the body all contribute to the sound that is produced. Through various exercises he was able to demonstrate graphically the importance of particular techniques and show that by putting them into practise, they could produce '50% more sound.' Other exercises had singers working together to develop a team approach.
These skills were put into effect in a couple of simple songs and rounds before Edward moved on to tackle parts of Haydn's Little Organ Mass and Faure's Requiem which the Athenaeum Singers will be presenting in their concert on 28th November. For parts of the practice the singers were placed in different areas of the church to help them listen to other parts and be aware of the piece as a whole.
The workshop concluded with work on a modern piece by Eric Whitacre entitled 'Sleep'. This haunting and atmospheric piece was a wonderful showpiece for the singers to demonstrate the skills they had learnt and proved a memorable culmination to a fantastic day.
Joint Press Officers: The Athenaeum Singers