The Dome Theatre
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 from Hatful of Hollow (1984)
- Asleep from The Smiths (1985)
- There is a Light from The Queen is Dead (1986)
- Bigmouth from The Queen is Dead (1986)
The warm-ups will include bits from ‘William’ and ‘The Boy with the Thorn in His Side’
Informal concert at 4.00pm at the end of the workshop in front of family and friends in the Foyer cafe.
Check out the photos from the day!
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:
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:
I Feel Pretty
One hand, one heart
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)
Hopelessly devoted to you
You’re the One that I want
We Go Together
Grease is the Word
I do, I do, I do
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
Name of the Game
Knowing me, knowing you
Money, money, money
Take a Chance on Me
I have a Dream
Thank you for the music
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.
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
Deck the Halls
God Rest Ye Merry Christmas
Good King Wenceslas
The First Nowell
Walking in the Air
When the Red Red Robin comes Bob Bob Bobbin’
Fairytale of New York
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Rudolph the Reindeer
We wish you a Merry Christmas
GENERAL SINGING WORKSHOP
Any of the above songs
Breathing and posture exercises
Extending your range
Lorraine Bowen’s singing workshops have been held at:-
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
The Dome, Brighton
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)
The Rainbow Chorus, Brighton
- 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!!!
- Lorraine Bowen is 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.