London Bel Canto Festival
The festival will take place 6 - 18 August 2018 in Europe's largest and grandest city in mid-August 2017. Teachers and coaches from London, Italy and the United States will come to London to give lessons and master classes for 20 fortunate students on the campus of Trinity Laban Conservatoire in beautiful Greenwich.
Bruce Ford, Professor of Voice
Roberto Bertuzzi, Italian Repertoire Coaching
Each day the students will have singing lessons or vocal coaching, repertoire and language coaching, as well as having classes which will focus on a particular aspect of singing, performance practice and pedagogy. Students will also study classes on concepts of registration, respiration, resonance strategies, bel canto history and cantilena, as well as studies in the recitativo, cavatina and cabaletta. All students also will have the daily opportunity to observe and participate in master classes and recitals, and is guaranteed to sing in a public and private master class and a recital appropriate to their level and desire. A gala concert at the wonderful Cadogan Hall will be held on 18 August 2018 in which everyone will expected participate.
Students will be given individual and group repertoire to learn before arriving in London so that they will be able to work with the coaches and get the most from their time here. There will be solo as well as large and small ensemble work. This will be an intense programme, but it is geared toward intermediate and beginning students with sufficient talent and drive, so that they receive the best foundation possible for their future study. For advanced singers, the festival portion of the programme will offer recital and performance opportunities on the two Saturdays of the program which will be dedicated to debut recitals, master classes and the opera performance.
I am very honoured to be one of the principle teachers involved, but we will also have the wonderful American bel canto tenor Bruce Ford as well. He and I will be teaching each of the students personally and will also be offering master classes. The bel canto conductor Maestro David Parry has confirmed that he will give a couple of private master classes to the students. Everyone will have the opportunity to audition to be selected to sing for him, but everyone will be expected to attend the master classes. Many other instructors will be giving classes on song interpretation, yoga for singers, theatricality, and stage direction. The days will be long and will require a lot of dedication by the students.