Michael Harper

Countertenor

Upcoming Events

Performance:

Noye's Fludde

12.06.2013. - 13.06.2013

Vybes, my London Choir will be playing the role of God in Highbury Opera Theatre's production of Noye's Fludde at Union Chapel.

7pm, Wednesday 12 June,
5pm and 7pm on Thursday 13 June

Highbury Opera Theatre

Performance:

Classical Vybes (End-of-Term) Concert

02.07.2013.

Auditorium, City of Westminster College

Paddington Green Campus

London

Workshop:

Unicorn Voice Camp Germany

20.07.2013. - 28.07.2013

Teaching Gospel and Spirituals Songs at Germany's answer to Britain's Natural Voice Practitioner's Network (NVPN)

Performance:

Sing for Water London

as part of the Thames Festival

15.09.2013.

Leading a choir of over 800 people with Roxane Smith to raise money for WaterAid.

The Scoop

South Bank (next to City Hall)

Workshop:

Music Learning Live Asia 2013

23.10.2013. - 26.10.2013

Music Education Conference in Singapore.
Michael is a guest presenter

Workshop:

I, Too, Sing America- American Art Song, Spirituals and Operatic Arias

Jackdaws Music Education Trust

22.11.2013. - 24.11.2013

Great Elm, Frome

Somerset

BA11 3NY

Performance:

Michael Harper in Concert with Sounding It Out (choir)

Music Director, Candy Verney

07.12.2013.

St. Swithin's Church, Walcot, Bath

BA1 5LY

Workshop:

Gospel Singing Workshop

19.04.2015.

St Augustine's Church Hall

Richmond Road

Cambridge

Workshop:

The Natural Flow

Singing in the African-American Tradition

15.05.2015. - 17.05.2015

The Natural Flow is a weekend workshop led by Michael Harper.

For further information: Hill Cottages Retreats website.

Workshop:

Many Voices

A Capella Singing Workshop

19.05.2015.

Featuring spirituals, gospel, African and world music, all taught by ear. No need to read music, or believe you’re a great singer. It’s just for fun!

London Spirituality Centre, Lombard Street

EC3V 9EA

Bank/Monument Tube

Link to flyer (pdf)

For further information: Many Voices website.

Workshop:

A Gospel Workshop with Michael Harper

12.07.2015.

North East Gospel Choir
Time and Place TBA

Contact: The North East Gospel Choir:
northeastgospel@gmail.com

Workshop:

Life, Love & Spirit

a workshop with Michael Harper

13.07.2015. - 31.12.1899

Michael will be introducing songs from a variety of backgrounds – from around the world, and from the easy classical repertoire.

The material will be suitable for all singers, and will mostly be taught by ear, so the ability to read music is not essential.

Stannington Village Hall, (near Morpeth)

NE61 6EL

For further information: the 20,000 Voices website.

Workshop:

Gospel Workshop, Norwich

18.07.2015.

£30 (or £20 concession)

Send cheque made out to S A C Smith to 18 Conesford Drive, Norwich NR1 2BB (01603 616647) with an email address

St Luke's, Aylsham Road

Norwich

For further information: .

Performance:

Sing for Water London

Totally Thames (formerly Thames Festival)

13.09.2015.

(Rehearsal: Saturday, 12 September 2015)

Don’t miss this 800-strong, UK-wide mass choir as it comes together to sing for WaterAid. Co-founded in 2002 by renowned composer, singer and musical director Helen Chadwick and the Thames Festival, every year Sing for Water draws choirs from all over the UK to raise money for WaterAid. The mass adult choir is now an annual feature of the festival and a spectacular must-see event. This year’s choir will be led by Roxane Smith and Michael Harper.

Come join us in raising voices and money for the charity WaterAid bringing fresh water, sanitation and hygiene education in Africa and Asia.

The Scoop

South Bank (next to City Hall)

Contact: Kate Forde at Totally Thames
k.forde@thamesfestival.org

For further information: Totally Thames.

more information: Water Aid .

Workshop:

Off the Page Into the Air

Jackdaws Music Education Trust

16.10.2015. - 18.10.2015

Learning and Interpreting a song often entails a lot of different steps that tend to be skipped in the process. - language translation and inflection, historical investigation, harmony and structure, melody, phonetic transcription, emotional and intellectual interpretation and yes(!), even counting! How do you get your song off the page and into the air and really make it mean something. It's not magic. Come and learn a few techniques to make your performance work for you and your audience.

Bring a couple of relatively new pieces and let's dissect them together.

For further information: Jackdaws website.

Workshop:

2016 NATS Eastern Region Conference

Adjudicator for Student Auditions and NATS Artist Awards Semi-Finals and Finals

01.02.2016.

John J. Cali School of Music,

Montclair State University

Montclair, New Jersey

Contact: Lori McCann Region Governor
mccannl@mail.montclair.edu

Link to flyer (pdf)

For further information: .

Workshop:

Visiting Artist

Westminster Choir College, Rider University

21.03.2016. - 22.03.2016

Masterclass - African American Art Songs and Spirituals

Breath, Voice, & Spirit Workshop

Westminster Choir College, Rider University

Princeton Campus 101 Walnut Lane Princeton, NJ 085

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Workshop:

The Natural Flow

Exploring breath, voice and spirit through song A May Bank Holiday Three Day Singing Workshop

29.04.2016. - 02.05.2016

Michael Harper is an international countertenor, singing teacher and workshop facilitator. He is returning to Hill Cottage Retreat Centre with the ‘Natural Flow’ which will provide another opportunity for singers to take part in this exceptional workshop. This is a chance to work closely with Michael, over a period of three days to develop and enrich vocal technique and range

Michael brings a body mindfulness based approach using movement, exercises and gentle relaxation techniques to achieve free breathing and to uncover the range and expression within our voices. He will work with songs he grew up with from the African-American tradition, as well as material he thinks will enable the group to develop vocal potential. There will also be space for small group and individual tutorials to help us find the ‘flow’ or ‘spirit’ that can enrich our vocal interpretation of sound and song.
This workshop stands on its own as well as forming the first part of a longer, more in depth, five day workshop with Michael planned for October
“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.” www.michael-harper.net

Hill Cottage

Rhos-y-meirch Knighton Powys LD7 1PD

Contact: Jeremy Bruce & Zarine Katrak
info@hillcottageretreats.co.uk

For further information: http://hillcottageretreats.co.uk/hill_cottage_holi.

Workshop:

Unicorn Voice Camp in Deutschland!

Spirituals and Gospel Workshops

22.07.2016. - 31.07.2016

Ellernhof Natur und Business Akademie GmbH & Co. K

Contact: Marita Horn
info@unicorncamps.de

Link to flyer (pdf)

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Performance:

Sing for Water London

Totally Thames/WaterAid

11.09.2016.

Annual Event raising money for WaterAid on the Southbank at the Scoop.

The Scoop, Southbank London

For further information: .

Workshop:

Master Class with Voice Students

Master Class on Technique and Interpretation

10.10.2016. - 12.10.2016

10 October 2106 and 12 October 2016

Westminster Choir College

Princeton, New Jersey

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Workshop:

Westminster Jubilee Singers

Westminster Choir College

10.10.2016.

Workshop on Repertoire and Interpretation

Westminster Choir College

Princeton, New Jersey

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Workshop:

Presentation/Workshop on Stillness

Westminster Williamson Voices, James Jordan, Conductor

12.10.2016.

12 October 2016
4.30-5.30 pm

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Workshop:

Master Class with Voice Students

Longwood University, Farmville Virginia

15.10.2016.

2.00-4.00 pm,
15 October 2016

Longwood University

Farmville, Virginia

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Workshop:

Mater Class with Voice Students

John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University

21.10.2016.

1.30-3.30 pm
21 October 2016

Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin Hall, John J. Cali

Montclair, New Jersey

For further information: .

Workshop:

Stillness, Movement & Expression

A Five Day In-depth Singing Retreat – 25-30 October 2016

25.10.2016. - 30.10.2016

Michael Harper – Stillness, Movement & Expression
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A Five Day In-depth Singing Retreat – 25-30 October 2016

“But I want to move – I need to move to sing!” Is often heard from the singer who has not yet understood the importance of stillness in singing. Just think – the simplest change in the expression on your face can change the use, the colour, and the tone of your voice.

This workshop is intended to help singers create free and intended expression in singing, using a combination of gross and fine motor skills. It is an opportunity to work closely with Michael for an extended period to achieve freer expression in singing.

The group will spend time on stabilising the body by exploring control and freedom in movement and then focus on the importance of stillness in singing. Simple songs will be used to uncover how the voice is used and how to liberate it, through gentle releases, within the body. Each singer will have one-to-one time with Michael in the group during the workshop.

Some Comments from Michael’s previous three day workshop The Natural Flow at Hill Cottage (May 2015)

“On one level, it was just marvellous to hear Michael’s voice; on another, he skilfully took me, through song and body awareness, to a new place, a deeper place and, with great humour and love. It was hard work and fun and at the same time instructive and moving. The space we worked in proved a perfect setting to support our individual journeys.” Jan Norton

“What a triumph! There aren’t any words for it all, but it wouldn’t have been the same without every single detail; the people, Michael’s laugh and his wonderful smile, the room – and the rugs – and the cold windy sunshine, the food of course, and the voices – most of all the voices.” Hilary Shepherd

“Such a nurturing and glorious weekend…….. a sense of coming together and building trust and connection and finding the songs, the harmony, the awe, soul-beauty and generosity of Michael’s sharing and his singing….. such a gift.” Lucy Bronwin

Hill Cottage Rhos-y-meirch Knighton Powys LD7 1PD

Contact: Zarine Katrak
info@hillcottageretreats.co.uk

For further information: .

more information: .

Workshop:

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

Accompanist: Nigel Foster

24.02.2017. - 26.10.2016

In this class, we will 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 explore stylistic interpretation, diction, poetry, and historic context of the song. Composers included: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Harry T. Burleigh, Margaret Bonds, Florence Price, Hall Johnson, Aldophous Hailstork, Errollyn Wallen, et al.

Each participant will prepare two art songs and a spiritual. A list of anthologies and suggested repertoire is available on request. There may be a final recital for friends, family, and friends of Jackdaws.

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All courses are held at Jackdaws in the village of Great Elm, a small village to the west of Frome in Somerset, roughly 30 minutes drive from Bath. Frome Train station is roughly 2.5 miles from Jackdaws with direct trains from Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and London.

A £50 deposit is required to guarantee your place on a course. The total course fee is inclusive of all meals and tuition except breakfast, which is included in the separate B&B price. Please let us know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking and we will be happy to accommodate. Meals are lovingly prepared on site by our cooks using fresh, local ingredients where possible.

B&B rooms are located in friendly family homes and are either within walking distance or a short drive away (5 – 10 minutes). Breakfast is the only meal served at the accommodation; all other meals are provided on site at Jackdaws.

Jackdaws Music Education Trust

Great Elm, Frome, Somerset, BA11 3NY, UK

Contact: music@jackdaws.org
music@jackdaws.org

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Performance:

Sing for Water London 2017

Conducted by Michael Harper and Katie Rose

17.09.2017.

Totally Thames/WaterAid
11.09.2016.
Annual Event raising money for WaterAid on the Southbank at the Scoop.
The Scoop, Southbank London

The Scoop at More London

Queen's Walk,

London SE1 2DB

Contact: Totally Thames

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Performance:

A Quiet Revolution

London Song Festival

20.10.2017.

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
info@londonsongfestival.org

Link to flyer (pdf)

For further information: .

Workshop:

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

Rhos-y-meirch,

Knighton, Powys, LD7 1PD

Contact: Zarine Katrak or Jeremy Bruce
info@hillcottageretreats.co.uk

Link to flyer (pdf)

For further information: .

Workshop:

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.

TBC

Contact: Clare Drury
Clare.Drury@hullcc.gov.uk


 

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