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.

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NEW! Vocal and Recording Course with Natalie Williams – Jan 18th – 21st 2019

4 DAY VOCAL RECORDING WORKSHOP WITH NATALIE WILLIAMS – Coming in Jan 2019!
 
”People can’t help but go away with a bit of Williams’ natural sparkle having attached itself to them” 
Deuce
An intense 4 day singing workshop covering song writing, vocal technique and performance and a professional studio recording, resulting in your very own mixed and mastered recording at top London recording studio!
 
Whether you love singing Jazz, Soul, Pop, R’n’B, Country or your very own original compositions, Natalie will spend 4 intensive days coaching you to get the best possible recorded result… working on vocal techniques, musical arranging skills (including backing vocal skills), learning to conduct/lead your band with confidence and microphone recording techniques, making sure you have a final product that you are over the moon with (with a world class accompanying band from Soul Family musicians as seen at Ronnie Scott’s).
 
Dates:  Jan 18th – 21st 2019
Cost:  Just £495 INCLUDING recording session
Venue:  The Premises Studios, 209 Hackney Rd, London E2 8JL
 
Contact:  Julia Craik 020 7729 7593 info@premisesstudios.com
 
ABOUT NATALIE:
 
One of the UK’s most endearing and popular soul/jazz artists, singer-songwriter, Natalie Williams has 7 critically acclaimed albums under her belt and a dedicated following that extends throughout the world.
 

“One of the UK’s hottest singers…she effortlessly moves from soul-diva to sensual and sophisticated jazz.”
Time Out

“The moment she starts to sing she becomes a commanding, strutting presence, scatting with an infectious relish.”
Telegraph

“Natalie helped me understand Soul music!! And her Soul Family Sundays residency at Ronnie’s is what made me realise ‘this is what I really wanna do!’ ”
Sam Smith (Grammy winning artist)

Williams simply overflows with charisma, whether strutting around the stage in her floral dress or bantering with the audience. She matches her skills as an entertainer with deft vocal ability.” (Fraser Morris, Thesoulhouse.net)
 

Being at the helm of the most successful residency of a world renowned music venue is a feat to be admired. Natalie Williams’ Soul Family Sundays has had a monthly residency at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club for the past 11 years, selling out regularly every single month and having played to over 40 thousand very enthusiastic soul fans over those years…

Natalie Williams herself boasts an accomplished career of recording and entertaining. She has recorded seven studio albums, garnering a MOBO nomination for best Soul opposite Sade, Plan B and Corinne Bailey Rae. Moreover, Williams has performed at venues all over the world – including the London Jazz Festival, Love Supreme and Glastonbury Festivals, The Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, O2 arena and has toured in Japan, Asia, America and Europe – both as a solo artist and as a vocalist with jazz-funk sensation, Incognito. In 2017 she participated in the Blue Note Caribbean Jazz Cruise with the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars Band (alongside the likes of Gregory Porter, Diane Reeves and Marcus Miller), in addition to touring with Belgian pianist Eric Legnini.

Throughout her career, Natalie, has also collaborated as a featured artist with various producers, artists and musicians and her single, ‘Adore You’ from D&B producer, Goldie’s, recent album gained rave reviews worldwide. In addition to Goldie, Natalie, has also worked extensively with DJ, Nu:Tone, on Hospital Records, Shy FX, Beardyman and has performed with and alongside amazing artists such as Jamie Cullum, Amy Winehouse, Lalah Hathaway, The Heritage Orchestra, Bugz In The Attic, John Legend, Babyface, Kurt Elling, Mario Biondi and many more…Although mainly known as a solo artist, Natalie has also enjoyed singing backing vocals for Cee-Lo Green, Ed Sheeran, Laura Mvula and Keri Hilson. 
 
She supported the legendary Herbie Hancock on the Queen Mary 2 crossing from Southampton to New York and her latest album ‘Kaleidoscope’ was greatly supported by Jazz Fm who play-listed her duet with the virtuosic multi-instrumentalist and Grammy winning artist, Jacob Collier, on Billy Joel’s ‘For The Longest Time’.
 
2017 and 2018 saw her touring as a special gust with the amazing Young Voices (the largest kids choir in the world), performing at the amazing London O2 Arena, Manchester, Sheffield and Birmingham Arenas for over 40 dates.
 
 
Lance Liddle (Bebop Spoken Here) describes a recent live show:
“..We got a raunchy, no holds barred, performance that merged soul, jazz, funk and rock into a sizzling inferno of sound…. The lady has the most incredible vocal chops with a range that reaches stratospheric heights without loss of intonation or emotion.”

Voice Jams for Young People: COMING SOON!

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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London Songwriting and Recording Course 2019 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