Michael Harper


Upcoming Events


A Quiet Revolution

London Song Festival


19:15 Friday, 20 Oct 2017 - A Quiet Revolution,

Nadine Benjamin – Soprano,
Julien van Mellaerts – Baritone,
Nathan Medina - Speaker,
Nigel Foster - Piano

Concert curated by Michael Harper

All the concerts take place at Hinde Street Methodist Church, 19 Thayer St, W1U 2QJ, in the heart of London’s West End, and begin at 7.15pm for Friday evening concerts, and 2pm for Saturday concerts.

Nearest stations are Bond Street and Oxford Circus.

Hinde Street Methodist Church,

19 Thayer Street

London W1U 2QJ

Contact: London Song Festival

Link to flyer (pdf)

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Breath, Body, and Song

A Five-Day Holistic Singing Retreat

24.10.2017. - 29.09.2017

This five-day retreat is intended to help singers create more freedom and authenticity in singing. Michael has devised an approach based on a combination of meditation breathing techniques to free the mind of anxiety, exercises to realign the body in order to use the breath more effectively for singing, as well as traditional and innovative vocal training methods. It is an opportunity to work closely with Michael for an extended period to achieve freer expression in singing.

“My aim is to discover and expose each person’s abilities to find the song in themselves whether it be opera, Lieder, folk song, soul, blues, jazz or any other style. There is a natural flow that is present in everyone.”

Michael’s singing retreat will take place in the Hall Barn which is an intimate space that also hosts meditation weeks and other group events. Arriving at 5.00pm on Tuesday evening with dinner and a short session and continuing from 10.00am-5.00pm on Wednesday to Saturday and 10.00am- 4.00pm on Sunday. Participants can stay in shared twin rooms in Alder Barn and Ash Barn or single rooms in Rowan Cabin and the new Studio.

Cost of the Retreat – Tuesday evening – Sunday 4.00pm

Workshop, full board and accommodation in a:

Single Room £400

Shared twin room £350

Limited non-residential places £250

Accommodation and Food The food will be vegetarian. It will be organic and locally sourced where possible. There are 12 residential places. Participants will be asked to help with clearing up and keeping the space alive and welcoming.

Please contact Zarine for more information or a booking form info@hillcottageretreats.co.uk

Hill Cottage Retreat Centre


Knighton, Powys, LD7 1PD

Contact: Zarine Katrak or Jeremy Bruce

Link to flyer (pdf)

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Legacy of the Fisk Jubilee Singers

A Weekend Workshop as part of Hull City of Culture

03.11.2017. - 05.11.2017

A one day workshop for adult singers with dynamic choral leader Michael Harper, exploring Spirituals and the musical legacy of the Fisk Jubilee Singers.

In 1870’s a group of freed slaves from Tennessee, the Fisk Jubliee Singers, toured Europe. They visited Hull and enthralled audiences worldwide with a new style of music. In this workshop we will explore that story and some of their original songs.


Contact: Clare Drury


I, Too, Sing American

Art Songs by Black British & African American Composers

23.02.2018. - 25.02.2018

Art Songs by Black British & African American Composers
with Michael Harper

Friday 23 February – Sunday 25 February 2018
Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Fee: £220

Course No. 3269
Solo Study Course

Explore the influence of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Harry T. Burleigh on generations of composers in the genre of the American and British art song. With each song, we will consider stylistic interpretation, diction, poetry, and historic context.

Participants should prepare two art songs and a spiritual. Suggested composers include Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Harry T. Burleigh, Margaret Bonds, Florence Price, Hall Johnson, Adolphus Hailstork and Errollyn Wallen. A list of anthologies and suggested repertoire is available on request. The weekend will end with an informal concert on the Sunday afternoon.


All courses are held at Jackdaws in the village of Great Elm, a small village to the west of Frome in Somerset, approximately 30 minutes drive from Bath. Frome Train station is just 3 miles from Jackdaws with direct trains from Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and London.

A £50 deposit is required to secure your place on this course.

Course Fee
The Course Fee is inclusive of all meals, refreshments and tuition at Jackdaws, except Breakfast which is included in the separate B&B cost.

Accommodation is payable in addition to the Course Fee. B&B rates start at £39 per night (single room, shared bathroom) and from £49 (en suite, subject to availability) booked through Jackdaws. Please let us know your requirements when booking on a course.
B&B rooms are located in friendly family homes and local Guest Houses, and are either within walking distance or a short drive away (5 – 10 minutes).

Please let us know at the time of booking of any dietary allergies or if you require a vegetarian menu, and we will be happy to accommodate. Meals are lovingly prepared on site by our cooks.
Breakfast is the only meal served at the accommodation; all other meals are provided on site at Jackdaws.

By booking onto a Jackdaws course you agree to our Terms and Conditions.

Jackdaws Music Education Trust
Great Elm
Frome, Somerset
BA11 3NY
Map and Directions
Start Date: February 23, 2018
End Date: February 25, 2018
Start Time: 6:30 pm
End Time: 4:00 pm
Price: £50.00

Jackdaws Music Education Trust

Great Elm, Frome,

Somerset BA11 3NY

Contact: Jackdaws Music Education Trustja

For further information: https://www.jackdaws.org.uk/voice/.


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