Saturday July 15th Price: £30 10am - 6pm
With Joan Mills and Linda Gwillim
Rehearsal Room 1
There will be breaks for drinks and lunch which can be purchased in the Café or you can bring your own with you.
Book by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01974 202577 or 01654 700304 and leave your name, email and phone number so we can confirm your booking as places will be limited.
The unique quality of Georgian traditional folk harmony is recognised through its designation by UNESCO as part of the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. These songs always accompany a ‘supra’ or feast and are part of the commensality in Georgian culture. Whether you have been introduced to some of these beautiful songs or are a beginner, this workshop will help you become more familiar with the variety of singing styles and melodic structures that make these harmonies so rewarding to sing. These harmonies particularly feature male voices, with bass parts sung in the upper voice, and are pitched in a very comfortable natural range for women’s voices.
As well as the teaching of at least three different songs the workshop will include: Preparing the voice and ‘ear’ for Georgian singing; safe and creative ways of warming up the voice; harmony principles of the songs; familiarisation with different regional styles and structures; work on the detailed quality of sound for different types of song; using the principles of Georgian singing to develop confidence and gain a better understanding of voice production and harmony. This workshop will give individual attention to participants to help improve accuracy and style as well as introducing some new songs from the expanded 99 Georgian Songs book.
Joan Mills is a voice practitioner, theatre director and educator who is editor of the 99 Georgian Songs collection by Edisher Garakanidze and Joseph Jordania. She is Director of the international festival Giving Voice for the Centre for Performance Research and founded Heartsong community choir in 1996. She has organised many creative projects for community choirs throughout Wales and included choirs in a number of theatre productions and events. She is member of the Natural Voice Practitioner Network.
Linda Gwillim is a renowned Homeopathic Practitioner, Director of the Welsh School of Homeopathy, educator and musician who has taught a number of community choirs throughout Ceredigion, Carmarthen and Powys. Linda has collaborated with Joan on several choir projects and they have taught together often as well as singing and recording together as part of Bright Field.