We’re delighted to announce the dates and details of The Premises Vocal Recording Workshop 2021. It’s gonna be a blinder, with stellar teachers in the best and friendliest music studios in London. Our tutors this year are renowned jazz vocalist Sarah Moule and composer Simon Wallace, plus a Masterclass with the brilliant Liane Carroll.

The course will run from the first to the third of October, and during it you will learn all the techniques you need to be your own musical director, looking at the vision and dynamic shape of a song you’d like to record. You’ll be studying and working through key, tempo, feel, intros, outros, phrasing, and the all-important breathing. You’ll improve your vocal stamina and work closely with the tutors to get the best sound out of the song and make it your own. You’ll also get a master of your recording after it’s all tidied up and sounding its best.

And if you sign up now, you can take advantage of our early bird price of £350.

For more information and booking, email: michele@premiseseducation.org

Here’s a breakdown of what to expect on each day, and what you need to do beforehand:

A week before the course begins, send the name of the song you would like to record to Sarah at smoule@btinternet.com. This will be a song you know very well and love singing. On the first day, bring either sheet music or a written arrangement of the song you want to record.


Everybody introduces themselves

Vocal warm up

Preliminary vocal technique – relaxing the neck and shoulders while singing

Be your own musical director

Making the song your own – interpretation and improvisation

Vocal warm down


Vocal warm up

Singing technique basics: posture, breathing, retracting false folds

Applying what was learned yesterday to our song interpretation

Microphone technique basics

Warm down



Recording day in Studio A!

Warm up

Last Q&A before recording session starts

Each person records their own song with professional backing

Warm down

Here’s a bit about our tutors:

SARAH MOULE is a British jazz singer who has introduced 45 songs by jazz lyricist the late Fran Landesman and British composer and pianist Simon Wallace (to whom she is married) over five critically acclaimed CDs. Previously she spent 6 years a featured vocalist with The John Wilson Orchestra before forming her quartet with pianist Wallace, bassist Mick Hutton and drummer Paul Robinson who have featured on all her albums. She has broadcast with the BBC Concert Orchestra and performed in ensembles ranging from piano and voice duo to symphony orchestra.
Sarah has been a featured artist at Ronnie Scott’s Club, the Purcell Room, 606 Club, Pizza Express Jazz Club and The Vortex and has toured extensively.

SIMON WALLACE has performed at Ronnie Scott’s Club and all the major London jazzrooms. He toured internationally with the Lindsay Kemp Company and has performed in 28 countries over his 40-year career as pianist, composer and arranger. Simon has recorded with Jeff Beck and been Musical Director for Imelda Staunton, Ian Shaw, Barb Jungr and Clare Teal in addition to writing many hours of music for television including French & Saunders, Murder Most Horrid, Lenny Henry, Clive James and Ruby Wax. He collaborated with celebrated American lyricist Fran Landesman for 18 years which produced a catalogue of 300 songs. He currently teaches composition at LCCM.

LIANE CARROLL is one of the UK’s most critically acclaimed vocalists and a much in demand session musician. She has toured extensively and with her own trio, recording for Jazz Art, Bridge, and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz House. She’s worked in bands with Dave Holdsworth, Gerry Rafferty, and Long John Baldry as a session musician. She’s recorded with Hospital Records, touring internationally. She’s worked with Sir Paul McCartney and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. She’s a regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s and the 606 Club. She also teaches at jazz summer schools in the UK and Europe. Her latest LP, The Right To Love garnered four star reviews in The Observer and The Evening Standard.

For more information and booking, email: michele@premiseseducation.org