Voice Jams for Young People: EASTER 2018. April 9/10/11/12!

Our Voice Jams are some of the best vocal training sessions for young people in London today.  Those of you who’ve been lucky enough to attend one before will know how amazing the improvements to your vocals will be in just a few days.  We work with Clive Brown, one of the most dynamic and innovative choir trainers in the UK and form a choir from all the students attending.  Then we work over the next few sessions towards an roof-raising performance with a full band.

We’ll learn harmony and solo techniques, breathing and posture exercises, teamwork, some great songs and how to perform with a band made up of some of the best session musicians about.  Plus we’ll have fun and make new friends, all in a professional recording and rehearsal studio where some of your idols may have already worked (see our client list to find out who you might bump into).

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NEW! Vocal and Recording Course with Gwyneth Herbert 24th – 27th November 2017

***** “A remarkably gifted talent” The Guardian

***** “Brilliantly original” MOJO

***** “Super-talented” The Telegraph

Gwyneth Herbert is an award-winning British composer and lyricist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Drawing on influences from the worlds of folk, jazz, art pop and contemporary classical, she has released 6 critically-acclaimed albums (including the first UK Blue Note release in 30 years), toured across the world, and has shared stages with the likes of Boy George, Amy Winehouse and John Cooper Clarke.

Recent performances include a 10-date jazz festival tour of North America; a concert of her own work with the London Sinfonietta at a sold-out Kings Place, London; and a six-week run voicing the title role in the Bristol Old Vic’s hugely successful production of The Snow Queen, for which she was also composer, lyricist and musical director.

Other career highlights include opening the London and Montreal Jazz Festivals, having her recording featured in Hollywood blockbuster Leap Year and performing her own film score at the British Film Institute.

This four-day immersive workshop at The Premises Studios will be tailored according to each individual’s needs, covering a broad range of topics including:

LYRICAL EXPLORATION: the process of song selection; the art and arc of storytelling; finding your truth within a song.
ARRANGEMENT: developing your own musical language; storytelling through arrangement; hooks, dialogues and textures; working with harmonies; the importance of space.
LIVE AND STUDIO PERFORMANCE: audience communication; overcoming nerves; becoming a confident bandleader; projection, dynamics and microphone techniques; the difference between live and studio performance.
SONGWRITING: finding inspiration and overcoming blocks; a devising toolkit involving lyrics, melody and harmony

On the final day you will have the opportunity to record your own track – produced by Gwyneth – in our world-class recording studio with some of the UK’s top session musicians! Your finished recording will be mixed, mastered and delivered to you approximately a week later.

The fee for all four days is just £495 INCLUDING the recording session.

Dates: 24th – 27th November 2017

Places are strictly limited and we expect this course to sell out quickly. Contact:  Julia Craik on 020 7729 7593 or info@premisesstudios.com

5th Chicago Blues Camp Comes to London’s Southbank! Aug 18th 2018!

A fantastic opportunity for young people is coming to London!

The Blues Kids Foundation (USA) and The Premises Rehearsal and Recording Studios in conjunction with Tomorrow’s Warriors proudly present Fernando Jones’ 5th Annual Blues Camp in London this summer. Through this exclusive, fun-filled experience young people will learn and perform America’s root music in a programme under the tutelage of highly qualified Blues instructors direct from Chicago, the Blues capital of the world. Fernando Jones is a highly skilled tutor, motivator and musician and has been inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame.  In a unique collaboration with our charity he is bringing his famous Blues Camp to London’s Southbank on August 18th.

Entry is FREE! But competition for places will be high!  Students will be aged 12-18 and be intermediate to advanced musicians. Call for late availability: 07973 777010 Read more

London Songwriting and Recording Course 2017 dates TBC

“Thanks for such an amazing course. I’ve learned so much and had so many doors open!” – Terry.


Our 4-Day Songwriting and Recording Workshop will be running again in 2017, where we’ll be offering a packed timetable of workshops, recording sessions with a pro band, and masterclasses from some of the most experienced people in the music industry.  Whether you need advice on shaping your lyrics, structuring your songs, enhancing your melodies, are excited by the prospect of making a recording with a professional band or simply want to join a group of songwriters focused on creating a strong personal songwriting identity in a supportive group, this course offers a variety of techniques to enable you to achieve your personal best as a songwriter.

The course will bring out different things in different people, no matter what stage you have reached as a songwriter. Beginners will pick up tips and tricks to get started; more experienced songwriters can address ‘writers block’ or put the finishing touches to material they have been working on independently. There will be opportunities to collaborate and also one-to-one feedback sessions, alongside group work and rehearsals. Read more

21st Jazz Piano Summer School 18th – 22nd August 2018

Led by Tim Richards, with John Crawford and Nikki Yeoh

This exciting and intensive five-day course is suitable for pianists with some playing experience who wish to learn more about jazz, brush up their improvisation skills, increase their repertoire, and gain experience at playing and recording with a rhythm section.

All students may record a tune of their choice on the final day in The Premises state of the art solar-powered recording studio, with a bassist and drummer provided.

The course is streamed to cater for students of differing levels of ability and experience. You will be placed in one of two groups on the first day. When not being taught by one of the three tutors, practice facilities will be available.

Places are strictly limited and selling fast.

To book, call Julia Craik now on 0207 729 7593 or email: info@premisesstudios.com Read more