Soundpost Sing Feb 2021 Online


06 Feb 2021 – 07 Feb 2021

Soundpost SING2021 – ONLINE

Booking Now Open!!

We are delighted to announce that we are running another Soundpost Sing Online on the weekend of 6th & 7th February. The last event we ran was such a fabulous experience and we got such lovely feedback that we have decided to do it all again. We have to admit to being very happy but also a bit frazzled by the end of the last one, having spent a whole day and evening Zooming, so this one is to be run over two shorter days to avoid Zoom overload and give you time to stretch your legs and have a breather and a kip! Each day will start with a vocal workshop and warm up. Next up will be a workshop from one of our guest artist tutors followed on Saturday by a tutors concert and singaround and Sunday finishing off the weekend with Fay’s Q&A session. There will be ‘Coffee Breaks’ after each workshop where you can chat to the tutors or we can put you into smaller groups to discuss what you have just experienced.

The last weekend was so special and we really hope you will be able to join us so that we can raise our voices together again.

Artists Announced:

Bryony Griffith

Paul Sartin

Fay Hield

Kate Thompson

Harriet Johnson


Day Ticket £30

Full Weekend £50

Booking Form

Booking Form Word

Booking Form PDF

SATURDAY 6th February 2021

  • Kate Thompson and Harriet Johnson
  • 11 – 12 am plus coffee break chat from 12 to 1 pm.
  • Vocalises and exercises for building your singing technique - helping to improve and strengthen your voice and performance.
  • Harriet and Kate will lead you through a series of exercises and practice techniques that will help you get the very best out of your voice and overcome any niggles and frustrations you might be facing.
  • Paul Sartin

2 – 3 pm plus coffee break chat from 3 to 4.

The Hampshire Sing

Paul will talk us through the history of a Hampshire folk song and we'll compare versions and arrangements before having a go at singing it. It will be taught by ear but lyrics and notation will also be provided.

  • Fay Hield, Bryony Griffith, Paul Sartin and YOU!
  • 8 – 10 pm.
  • Tutors Concert and Singaround.

The finale to our day. Each of the tutors will give us a short set and then it’s your turn (if you want to!) to entertain us with a song you’d like to sing.

SUNDAY 7th February 2021

  • Kate Thompson and Harriet Johnson
  • 11 – 12 am plus coffee break chat from 12 to 1 pm.
  • The Singers’ Surgery
  • Your chance to ask Kate and Harriet questions about specific problems you’re experiencing. We will invite four or five participants to workshop a section of a song that they are struggling with or would like to improve. More general questions on the voice are more than welcome in the Q&A part of this session. Let us know if you’d like to be a featured participant and what the problem is you’d like to address. We’ll choose a range of problems to tackle.
  • Bryony Griffith
  • 2 - 3 pm plus coffee break chat from 3 to 4 pm.
  • The Yorkshire Sing
  • Bryony will take you through her 4-part arrangements of two local versions of traditional songs from the Holmfirth/Huddersfield area. She will teach by ear but lyrics and notation will also be provided. Parts will be in SATB, so you can choose whichever part suits your range, but feel free to experiment and sing along with any of the parts in the comfort of your own home!
  • Fay Hield, Kate Thompson, Paul Sartin and Bryony Griffith
  • 5 – 6 pm.
  • Q & A Session.

Our tutors will discuss all aspects of folk singing; how to make a song your own, finding material, adjusting tunes to suit your voice, arranging for more than one voice and choir leadership and participation. There will also be a chance to put your own questions to them.

Bryony Griffith

Bryony Griffith is one of England’s most highly regarded fiddle players and distinctive singers with a broad repertoire of traditional English dance tunes and songs and a passion for delving through the tune and song manuscripts of her native Yorkshire.

Aside from performing, Bryony has extensive experience of researching folk material and devising innovative ways of presenting it for use in education work with children, young people and adults and her down-to-earth, relaxed style of teaching is much in demand.

She is a Senior Lecturer in vocals and fiddle on the Folk Music degree at Leeds Conservatoire, and directs Shepley Singers, a 50 strong group of amateur singers who perform Bryony’s 4-part a cappella arrangements of traditional English songs.

Fay Hield

Fay Hield is a folk singer and an academic at the University of Sheffield, teaching ethnomusicology and music management. Her research includes looking at the English folk scene to discover how it builds a sense of community, how artists play with traditional materials and how audiences receive them. This work inspired the formation of Soundpost – a safe space to introduce people to the weird and wonderful folk scene and a place for singers and musicians to explore and develop how we do what we do. Alongside the research, Fay tours and records with various projects, including The Full English and her own band, The Hurricane Party.

Paul Sartin

Paul is a singer, oboist, fiddler, member of Belshazzar’s Feast,Faustus (Preis der Deustchen Schallplattenkritik 2017) and the late BBC award-winning Bellowhead. He was a Choral Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, then subsequently a Lay Clerk at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and preferred Bass Deputy in Winchester Cathedral Choir. Paul directs the Andover Museum Loft Singers, and arranged Community Choirs Folk (Faber Music). A BASCA-nominated composer, recent commissions include work for the BBC, RSC, Aldeburgh Music, and the Southbank. He arranged and MD’d The Transports (Guardian *****), and Anthony and Cleopatra, As You Like It and Cymbeline for Central School of Speech and Drama. He is a recipient of a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson is a sought after voice specialist who delivers voice, singing and music education workshops in an exciting variety of contexts. She has recently completed postgraduate research under the tutelage of voice specialists Jenevora Williams and Declan Costello, focussing on folk singers and their approaches to singing. She is also the artistic director of The University of Sheffield Singers’ Society’s small ensembles.

Alongside teaching, Kate has taken on a number of roles within music education including three fantastic years as General Manager of Soundpost. She is currently Learning and Participation Producer at Music in the Round, overseeing their work across the country which reaches over 17,000 people a year.

Harriet Johnson

Harriet Johnson, is a voice specialist and music educator who works extensively with singers, choral societies and educators as a prime advocate of vocal health and safe singing. Since graduating from The University of Sheffield, she has held many teaching and lecturing posts in schools and colleges. She is a regular speaker at conferences and workshops, delivering insightful talks on many aspects of music education, singing and vocal health. Harriet conducts a number of choirs and is a much sought after director for music projects up and down the country. As a choral director she has worked on a number of exciting projects for TV and Radio. Harriet is an eternal student, her most recent post-graduate research focused on voice science in the choral setting. She is now studying Speech and Language Therapy in order to further her clinical knowledge of voice.

For more information, contact jenna@soundpost.org.uk.