FREE February Half Term Voice Jam with Clive Brown at The Premises

13th-16th February, 2023. Times to be confirmed.

Suitable for ages 12-18.

Looking for something musical to do during February half term?

From 13th-16th of February, London-based secondary school students are welcome to join our urban choir, led by musical director Clive Brown.

Participants will select two songs to sing in full choral glory, with all students singing all the parts, adding in raps or doing anything that puts an urban, modern feel to songs you all know and love.

The final day we’ll be in the main recording studio, recording the song, followed by a little wrap party and some free-styling on the mics. 

If you like to sing, are good at singing or just fancy having a go at something a bit different, please join us!

To join the Voice Jam ask your parent (or carer) to fill in this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Q7yJUuDHO0q2yDHSNrSOIIPFnyiLKqc1KjoRK93U8gc/edit?ts=63c01098

Or email: michele@premiseseducation.org

Art of Arranging Course: 25th March, and 1-2 April, with Janette Mason

Have you written a good song and want to learn how to arrange it for a band and record it in a studio? We started this course last year with Janette Mason– composer, pianist, arranger, recording artist and touring musician with the likes of Oasis, Seal, kd lang and Robert Wyatt, and it proved to be hugely popular. If you want to learn the mechanics and artistry of arranging your song for different instruments, which includes considering form, harmony, style, texture and working with and directing musicians in the band, then Janette will put your through your paces with the view to recording your song with Janette on piano, Tom Mason on bass and Simon Lee on drums. There will also be a session devoted to getting the most out of your vocals. This course is suitable for those who can sing and have some knowledge of the principles of song writing. You don’t have to be able to read music but it helps if you know how to work with a click track and can sing the top line of your song. Places are strictly limited and partially based on the sample of the track you submit for arranging.

If all this sounds daunting, know that you are in expert hands and Janette is there to help you build your song every step of the way. Some feedback from happy participants from last year’s course: 

“I enjoyed every moment of the course. It was invaluable to work with professional musicians and have their input. I would 100% recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn arranging and improve song writing.” – Sofia

“A great overall experience and the course helped to inspire me to believe in the power of song. I was not able to read or write music but I was still able to learn how to arrange and get my ideas across to the band and I am really happy with the result.” – Sean

“I learnt so much in such a short time and this has really motivated me to think about music as a profession. The support was fantastic, not only from Janette and the band but from the other people on the course. I listened to my song with a fresh approach and I am really happy with the result.” – Stephanie 

Full price for the course, including vocal coaching and master recording, is £375. Early Bird price of £345 if booked by 1st Feb.  For more info: michele@premiseseducation.org

Rhythm Section Masterclass for electric bass players and drummers: 11th Feb with Yolanda Charles MBE

What is the role of the rhythm section within a band? Are you a bass player looking to work with a drummer or a drummer looking to work with a bass player to hone your musicianship skills? If you aim to be a top-level session musician or just get better at what you already do, this One-Day Masterclass for bass players and drummers, led by in-demand bass player and teacher Yolanda Charles, MBE, will provide lots of practical exercises as well theory to help you move up to the next level of live and recording work.

This course is aimed at intermediate players and those above, and will cover groove analysis, listening skills, arranging, dynamics, solo arranging and composing and music industry advice.

Yolanda has had over 30 years’ experience playing bass professionally for Robbie Williams, Mick Jagger, Hans Zimmer, Paul Weller, Dave Stewart and many more.

If you want to up your skills, practice, and learn the subtler tricks of the trade, sign up for this one-day masterclass on 11th of February from 10 am -4pm at an Early Bird price of £75.

Places are strictly limited to 10, but we can put you on a waiting list if places are full.  We aim to get a balanced mixture of drummers and bass players so if you already play together, you can both sign up.

For more info: michele@premiseseducation.org

Backing Vocals course: 16th-18th Feb with Lurine Cato MBE

Are you a good singer who’d like to get work with a performing band, or a good singer who’d like to explore the possibility of Backing Vocals?
If so, then we’ve got you sorted with one of the most in-demand Session Vocalists, Lurine Cato MBE, teaching this course here.

Backing Vocals is not just about wearing matching outfits, moving from side to side and repeating a main line in synch. 
Backing Vocals (BV’s) are the backbone of any live act and essential in supporting and expanding the sound of the lead singer.

We’re very lucky to have Lurine Cato leading a three-day workshop covering all aspects of being a great Backing Vocalist.
Lurine will take you step-by-step to help reveal the level you need to be to get the gigs, as well as all the technical aspects of being a great BV which will give you that crucial edge in auditions.
She’s been there, done that and signed the t-shirts, having been a Backing Vocalist for Adele, Elton John, Andre Bocelli, Mary J Blige. Kylie Minogue and many more, with over 25 years’ experience in the business.

If you are a good singer, or know a good singer who always fancied having a crack at this, do sign up for our early dird price of £195 for three days.

The course runs from the 16th – 18th of February.

16th and 17th: 7-11 pm

18th: 11 am- 4pm

For more info: michele@premiseseducation.org