Dauntsey's Festival of Voices
Dauntsey's spent a week exploring, studying and celebrating the human voice through a new event called The Festival of Voices. External speakers ran workshops which were open to all pupils and the festival was brought to a close with the final of the school's annual singing competition.
Dauntsey's spent a week exploring, studying and celebrating the human voice through a new event called The Festival of Voices.
The week included sessions focused on free group sound improvisation, voice release, singing in a foreign language, understanding the importance of vocal health and microphone use.
External speakers were brought in to run these different workshops which were open to all pupils.
Director of Music (Instrumental and Performance) Kerry Vaughan said: "The idea behind The Festival of Voices was to give pupils the space and time to explore their voices.
"Singing is an important part of many of our pupils lives at Dauntsey's – be it in a choir, as a supporting role in a musical, or as a lead vocalist – and we wanted to give pupils the opportunity to better understand some of the skills required to make the most of their voices.
"We were very fortunate to be able to welcome some fantastic guests to run the workshop; Jacqueline Pischorn is a German language coach at several Conservatoires and Opera Companies, Derek Barnes works in the West End helping performers to strengthen and repair their voices and Tim Redpath is a very experienced saxophonist and recording engineer.
"They all had so much knowledge to pass on to the pupils and the engagement in the sessions was fantastic."
A pupil who attended one of Derek Barnes' sessions said: "The workshop was very inspirational.
"His techniques were unique and they helped me to build up my confidence by enabling me to come out of my comfort zone in a very positive way."
The festival was brought to a close with the final of the annual Gilliat Solo Singing Competition, which has been running for over forty years.
All pupils in the Upper School at Dauntsey's are eligible to enter and it was won by Sixth Form pupil Ben, a superb end to a wonderful week of musical celebration.