The Smiths Singing Workshop

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The Dome Theatre

BRIGHTON

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Celebrate the JOY of the mundane and the miserable and fill up with 80s nostalgia! Long-time Smiths fan and singing teacher Lorraine Bowen has arranged five numbers into 2/3 part choral arrangements and you are invited to sing your heart out with other fans in Morrissey fashion!

The workshop will concentrate on uniting the chorus into two parts with harmonies, including tips on breathing, diction, and performance. You don’t need to be able to read music but getting to know the songs a little before the workshop is essential. Bring your own gladioli!

Songs covered (you have to know the songs before you come):

  • Ask from The World Won’t Listen (1986)
  • Panic from The World Won’t Listen (1986)
  • Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now (Vitamin String Quartet version) from Hatful of Hollow (1984)
  • Asleep from The Smiths (1985)
  • There is a Light from The Queen is Dead (1986)

Informal concert at 4.30pm at the end of the workshop in front of family and friends in the Foyer cafe.

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Lorraine Bowen Singing Workshops

 

Lorraine Bowen is a great enthusiast for the pleasures and benefits of community singing. Her workshops bring people together, introduce people to the joys of singing and give them an opportunity to perform onstage.

 

Lorraine teaches technique, posture, breathing exercises, getting the most out your voice and vocal confidence. Learning excellent vocal tricks whilst having a good time is always on the agenda.

 

She enjoys working on both small and large-scale singing events at private functions and arts centres like The Dome in Brighton and Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion. Workshops often end with an informal concert where participants perform in front of friends and family!

 

Lorraine has produced five albums of original hits on her own label, Sequin Skirt and these songs have been featured in films, radio and TV programmes. Last year she appeared on reality TV show “Britain’s Got Talent” which brought her a whole new fanbase.

 

Lorraine has a Bachelor of Music (Hons) Degree in Music from Surrey University, specialising in singing and certificate in Performance Coaching from Newcastle College.  She has a lot of experience about giving inspiration and setting goals and is passionate about getting others to enjoy their voices and her singing workshops are always energetic, of a high standard and provide fun with great feedback.

 

Here is the range of singing workshops Lorraine Bowen currently offers:

 

BURT BACHARACH

7 Songs covered:

Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

I Say a Little Prayer

Walk on By

The Look of Love

All Kinds of People

Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head

What the World Needs Now

 

WEST SIDE STORY

Bernstein’s great jazz musical covered in a one day workshop

8 re-arranged songs:

America

Jet Song

Maria

Something’s Coming

I Feel Pretty

Somewhere

One hand, one heart

Tonight

 

JULIE ANDREWS

This workshop includes Sam Nixon, a wonderful Julie Andrews character actress, bringing to life the characters of Mary Poppins, Maria, Millie and Eliza Dolittle.

9 re-arranged songs covered in this workshop of four hours plus lunch break:

Do Re Mi (Sound of Music)

My Favourite Things (Sound of Music)

16 going on 17 (Sound of Music)

Spoonful of Sugar (Mary Poppins)

Supercalifragistic (Mary Poppins)

I Could Have Danced All Night (My Fair Lady)

Wouldn’t it Be Loverly (My Fair Lady)

Someone to Watch Over Me (Star!)

Thoroughly Modern Millie (Thoroughly Modern Millie)

 

GREASE

Greased Lightnin’

Summer Nights

Hopelessly devoted to you

You’re the One that I want

We Go Together

Sandy

Grease is the Word

 

 

ABBA

Waterloo

I do, I do, I do

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

MAMA MIA

Name of the Game

Knowing me, knowing you

Dancing Queen

Money, money, money

Take a Chance on Me

I have a Dream

Thank you for the music

 

DISCO

Songs covered include:

Dancing Queen – ABBA,

He’s the Greatest Dancer/Lost In Music /We are Family – Sister Sledge

You Make me Feel – Sylvester

Best Disco in Town – The Ritchie Family

Young Hearts Run Free – Candi Staton,

Boogie Wonderland – Earth Wind and Fire

Stayin’ Alive and Night Fever – Bee Gees

 

Techniques of falsetto, snatch breathing, pitch control and chorus singing are covered as well as lots of fun remembering disco moves!

Singers are encouraged to wear their fave nostalgic DISCO wear for the informal concert.

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS SING-ALONG

Lorraine has a huge repertoire of Christmas sing-along material having created two huge concerts at the De La Warr Pavilion in 2014 and 2015.

70 singers attended the day workshop and then sang on stage accompanied by a giant screen with moving lyrics.  400 people attended the sing-along.  Photos by Melita Dennett.

 

Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time

CAROL MEDLEY

          Deck the Halls

God Rest Ye Merry Christmas

Good King Wenceslas

The First Nowell

Jingle Bells

Walking in the Air

When the Red Red Robin comes Bob Bob Bobbin’

Fairytale of New York

Winter Wonderland

CHRISTMAS CRUMBLE

Trolley Song

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Rudolph the Reindeer

Silent Night

We wish you a Merry Christmas

 

 

GENERAL SINGING WORKSHOP

Any of the above songs

Rounds

Part Singing

Harmonising

Breathing and posture exercises

Extending your range

Diction

 

Lorraine Bowen’s singing workshops have been held at:-

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

The Dome, Brighton

Arundel Festival

White Nights Festival, Brighton

Bestival, Isle of Wight

The Singing Allsorts, Cuckfield

The Hawth Theatre, Crawley

Children’s Hackney Singing Festivals

John Lewis social weekends

The Big Gay Sing at the Southbank Centre, London

Brighton Gay Mens’ Chorus

Qukulele (women’s ukulele band)

Hen Parties

The Rainbow Chorus, Brighton

 

 

 

Testimonials:

  • Hi Lorraine, just to say a big thank you for the wonderful singing session you led at the Brighton Dome yesterday.

 

  • I came with some members of my choir (Haven Harmonies in Newhaven) and we all agreed that we’d had a fabulous day’s singing. Your energy and enthusiasm helped to bring out the best in our voices without diminishing the enjoyment we all had.

 

  • Geoff & I really, really enjoyed ourselves. We haven’t sung so much for ages.  And what a nice bunch of people there!  Very friendly atmosphere.  No divas!!!

 

  • are a fantastic teacher! As well as having loads of fun, we felt we’d learned loads too – and ended up feeling quite proud of ourselves!

 

  • Brilliant day – thank you so much.