Singing and Breathing Workshops in Devon and Bristol

All Sandra’s voice workshops, breathing workshops and singing courses have a bias towards providing you with practical, informative vocal training and skills. They are for singers of all levels who are committed and excited to be improving their singing. Your ability to listen accurately and to assess, both to yourself and to others, will develop too, as you increase your awareness of how your vocal instrument works best. There are plenty of practical exercises that help build your confidence and your ability as you experience a release in your vocal mechanism. Having a free, resonant voice is easier than you imagined!

Many people think that music is something they cant understand and is somehow beyond them. Sandra believes that music is essential for us all and it has been an aural folk tradition long before it was an academic qualification! We have sung in harmony since the world began, it creates community and well-being and serves as a great metaphor for society!

This is a real chance to blow away the myths and misinformation you may have heard about music, singing and about your own voice.

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Vocal Training courses in Devon and Bristol:

How to sing in Harmony – Build new singing, listening and musical skills

Learning to sing in harmony

Learning to sing in harmony

This is for singers who are ready to learn new skills for choir and small group singing. If you are new to choir singing, you may want to know a few essential basics to give you confidence to join your local community choir. It may be that you are looking to ‘upgrade’ your choir and need more skills in preparation for an audition, or maybe you want to start to sing in quartets and small ensembles or close harmony backing. This is a very ‘user friendly’ course packed with singing exercises, top tips, coaching feedback and information! You will be able to work in small groups and as a larger choir.

This course requires a good level of tuning as you will be working in harmony throughout. You don’t need to read music as we teach by ear and notes.

These training courses require an attendance commitment so we can all progress together. You are welcome to join us and discover how much more you can do with a little help, both vocally and chorally. We keep the songs at an accessible level and work within the capability of the group. We are there to build your confidence and show you that you can do it too!

You will learn about: –

  • Blending of voices,
  • Synchronization
  • Getting accurate tuning of chords
  • Dynamics
  • Interpretation
  • Expression
  • Vocal and Breathing techniques
  • Listening skills


The aim of the training is to build your vocal and technical awareness, and to improve your listening skills and tuning accuracy that all good harmony singing requires. Through carefully selected vocal exercises you will have time to explore and experiment – all the while developing your understanding and experience of how and why choirs do what they do and why things work one way and not the other! You can ask questions and have time to fully understand!

Close Harmony – making it ring!

Singing in harmony is more than just learning the notes. The tuning of your part into another is what makes the chord ‘lock’. The more you match the shape of the sound through vowels and synchronisation, the more the harmony will resonate and the more tuneful the chord will sound. Get all 4 parts locking in and the room is humming! But if that tuning isn’t there, then there is no true chord, literally the frequencies of the notes are not in line so, no ring. Achieving that finite ability of tuning into each other is a vital and shows the expertise of your ensemble.

Learning to sing in harmony

Learning to sing in harmony

De-mystifying musical elements is an important process for many singers who haven’t had any formal musical training – but re-mystifying the whole music making process by re-engaging the magic can be of equal importance. Previous courses have had exquisite moments when singers have felt the true quality of singing together, feeling the vibration of ‘close harmony’ – musically and metaphorically.

Whether you go on to sing in World music, Barbershop, Community or Gospel Music choruses you will have so much more confidence and more skills to offer your choir after this training.

Talk to Sandra about how you can learn – Contact Sandra


SINGING WORKSHOPS (None this summer term – busy with The Lost Sound and private coaching. Back in the autumn!)

Learn the foundations of great and effortless singing!

2 workshops in one day – do both or just one!  BREATHE THEN SING!

When you have flowing and easy breath control, singing becomes more enjoyable and less exhausting! Learning how to access your breath, produce it calmly and allow the throat to open, in order to use it – can be an utter revelation. The tone of your sound changes – you feel like you are ‘being sung’. If you sing in choirs, you blend better, synchronise better and are less tired after rehearsal and concerts. As we move into choir techniques in future workshops, these 2 foundation sessions will underpin everything you do!

Morning session: 10:30am – 1:00pm £40 Breathing – learn about how the breathing system works and why it doesn’t. Learn great and simple exercises to re-awaken your breathing flexibility and to warm-up ready to use your singing muscles!

Afternoon session: 2:00pm – 5pm £15 Choir Skills. Learn how to blend together, tune into each other and make a beautiful sound together. Learn how to warm yourself up, even if your choir doesn’t do it for you! Lots of singing exercises to learn from and improve listening skills too!

Come and learn practical exercises and explanations to get you to feel the difference between a constricted sound and an open sound and how to maintain the open one!

Book both workshops for a reduced price of £60