Follow Up: Foundation Music Theory Workshop

A half-day workshop to study more music theory for singers

Saturday 8th October 2016

10am - 12:30pm

 

Limited to 20 places!

The Workshop:

We were so inspired and really impressed with both the interest, achievement and feedback from our previous Theory Workshop held in July!

We have been approached to put on a follow up, where we will go revisit some of the basics and move forward in their application.

This half-day workshop is designed for those who attended the earlier workshop, but it is open to anyone who wants to learn the foundations in music theory. It will benefit anyone who wishes to use this knowledge in their singing pursuits.

Tickets are priced at £25. NB. If you are attending our Theory Workshop for the first time, you will need to purchase a workbook, manuscript paper and utensils, which we will provide at a supplement of £5 cash on the day.

It would also be incredibly beneficial to take what you learn from this Theory Workshop and apply it in our Vocal Improvisation workshop in the afternoon. Should you wish to buy tickets to both workshops, please drop us an email and we will arrange a discounted booking at £40 for the whole day.

 

Jim Hawkins

James Hawkins is a professional choir director, musician and music producer. He has more than 15 years' experience teaching and working with singers and choirs. His workshops are informal, fun and enlightening. Find out more about Jim here.

The Schedule

Welcome at 10am

Study session at 10:15am - 12:30pm

Close

Don't forget to bring your music theory workbook, manuscript book, pencil, ruler and clipboard from our first workshop. Or you can purchase them on the day with £5 cash.

 

 

Location

All Saints Church, Market Place, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1JP

Carole King – All Singers Workshop

This is a special opportunity to learn your favourite Carole King songs in choral harmony

Saturday 29th October 2016

10am - 4pm

 

All Singers Welcome!

The Workshop:

You will learn three musical arrangements of the song choices in a relaxed, fun and friendly environment. This is the perfect opportunity to come along and sing! It will be a very similar format to our previous workshops, such as The Beach Boys or the Gospel workshop from 2015.

The songs!

We held a fun Facebook poll to help decide which are the songs you want to sing and the clear winners are:

Will You Love Me Tomorrow

It's Too Late

You've Got A Friend

The day will culminate in an open performance at the venue, All Saints Church in Kingston.

Price £35 includes music and tea/coffee. Over 16s only.

Jim Hawkins

James Hawkins is a professional choir director and music producer. He has more than 15 years' experience teaching and working with singers and choirs. His workshops are informal, fun and enlightening. Find out more about Jim here.

The Schedule

Welcome and Warm Up at 10am

Morning session 10:15am - 1pm

Lunch 1 - 2pm

Afternoon session 2pm - 3:30pm

Performance, wrap up and close by 4pm

 

 

 

Location

All Saints Church, Market Place, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1JP

Exploring Vocal Improvisation

A rare chance to learn and practise vocal improvisation ideas with Jim

Saturday 20th August 2016

Either 10am - 12:30pm or 1:30pm - 4pm

 

Limited to 30 places per session!

Vocal Group Performing

Jim Leading

Jim Hawkins is an accomplished musician, music producer and teacher. He has more than ten years' experience teaching and working with singers and choirs. His workshops are informal, fun and enlightening. Find out more about Jim here.

About the Session

This workshop is open to ALL abilities (limited to adults over 18 years). You don't need any improvisation experience to join in! You will be able to explore musical ideas and deepen your understanding of how to create your own music.

It's going to be an exciting and enjoyable time learning how you can improvise with your voice, and learning some frameworks in rhythm, melody and harmony to help you do so.

We'll be working in both the whole group of up to 30 singers, and breaking out into smaller groups to practise ideas and exercises in a safe and encouraging environment.

The aim, at the end of 2.5 hours, is for you to have grown in confidence, to know that you can compose your own music through vocal improvisation, and be buzzing from the experience!

Plus we'll make an audio recording of the group singing for you to keep and practise with in the future.

MORNING SESSION

AFTERNOON SESSION

Session contents:

Scales and Scat

Rhythm and Phrase

Developing Melodic Ideas

Creative Starting Points

Harmonic Development

Stylistic considerations (e.g. Pop Licks)

Refining and Performing

Recording

This is not a "chalk and talk" session. You'll be learning by doing with practical exercises, including: (lots of) singing, moving and listening to each other.

The Schedule

There will be two separate groups in a day: morning and afternoon.

Session 1: 10am to 12:30pm

Session 2: 1:30pm to 4pm.

Location

All Saints Church, Market Place, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1JP

Foundation Music Theory in a Day

This is a kick-start into Musical Theory for beginners

(and not an examination or test!)

Saturday 13th August 2016

10am - 4pm

 

Limited to 30 places only!

Jim Hawkins

Jim Hawkins is an accomplished musician, music producer and teacher. He has more than ten years' experience teaching and working with singers and choirs. His workshops are informal, fun and enlightening. Find out more about Jim here.

The Workshop will help you:

Learn the fundamentals of musical notation

Study and understand more from musical scores

Obtain useful strategies to aid your independence when learning from musical scores

Learn together in a safe, friendly, encouraging atmosphere

Ask questions, get answers, and build your confidence with reading music notation

This is not a "chalk and talk" session. You'll be learning by doing with practical exercises, including: singing, writing, listening and interacting with one another.

About the Session

We will provide for you to keep:

  • Music Theory Workbook
  • Manuscript paper
  • Pencil, ruler and clipboard

The session will include the following topics:

  • Basic Notation – breaking down the "code"
  • Rhythm and Pitch – learn more about the system of rhythm, scales, chords and pitch intervals
  • Symbols and Definitions
  • Aural Dictation – you'll be writing down music by ear by the end of the day!

Attainment level is approximately Grade 1 - 2 ABRSM Music Theory.

 

The Schedule

Welcome and Warm Up at 10am

Morning session 10:15am - 12pm

Lunch 12pm - 1pm

Afternoon session 1pm - 3:30pm

Wrap up and close by 4pm

 

 

 

Location

All Saints Church, Market Place, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1JP

Disney ESPN Wimbledon Music

Wimbledon Centre Court where we filmed

Theme Music for 2016 Wimbledon Tennis Championships

Click above to watch the 30 second trailer.

ESPN requested a recording featuring a choir to create an epic soundtrack that underscores their Wimbledon Tennis Coverage.

Jim quickly turned around their brief with the help of singers from Eclipse Choir and Get Gospel and created a stadium-sized production from the Chocolate Box Studio!

An unusual part of this job was the invitation to Jim and choir members to spend a day at the All England Lawn and Tennis Association in Wimbledon, where the championships are played, to be extras in the filming of the ESPN title sequence montage.

Backstage at the day of filming at Wimbledon

It was a great day (in spite of a LOT of rain showers!) and many thanks go to the team at ESPN and the film production team for their welcome, excellent humour and professionalism.

#iHope a new song with an incredible purpose

#iHope, though it hurt I will never turn away

We’re so pleased that today, 20th May, the new Missing People charity single ‪#‎iHope‬ is released to the world!

Jim co-wrote and produced the song with the aim of highlighting the stories of the Missing People families ahead of International Missing Children’s Day on Wednesday 25 May 2016.

It’s been more than three months of hard work and over 250 recordings of singers, choral groups and musicians brought together in Chocolate Box Studio. But moreover it’s truly been one of the most significant and moving projects Jim’s ever worked on.

You can now watch the full music video below. It is released today, so if you love the film, head to iTunes, Google Play or Amazon to buy the single, and support the charity to reach more of the 140,000 children who go missing every year.

In the video you’ll see The Missing People Choir joined by Royal Mail‘s Mail Voice Choir as well as music stars from across the decades including Chesney Hawkes, Rick Astley, Nik Kershaw, T’pau/Carol Decker, Lesley Garrett, G4 Official, Kerry Ellis, Jodie Prenger, Hayley Tamaddon, and BalsamoDeighton.

Huge thanks to the amazing Rav Vadgama who volunteered to produce this incredible video.

Buy it now:
iTunes – http://radi.al/IHope
Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Missing-People-Choir-…/…/B01EXR1CZC
Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album…

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#iHope – A new Charity single for The Missing People Choir

Released on May 20th, Jim Hawkins co-wrote and produced the single “I Hope” featuring the Missing People Choir, The Royal Mail Choir and a host of celebrities including Rick Astley, Chesney Hawkes, Carol Decker, G4 and Lesley Garrett  amongst others. You can download the single from here: http://radi.al/IHope

Promotional short:

 

Eclipse Choir Production

Eclipse Choir with Harp and Flute accompanying

I set up Eclipse Choir earlier this year to combine my love of working with live vocalists/musicians and being a music producer. I find I use the same fundamental principles for both roles and one strongly complements the other. In December we had our second big concert and it was a good demonstration of how bringing live, acoustic performance together with appropriate music technology and production can be really effective. I had budget enough to hire a cellist, harpist, flautist, guitarist, a double bass player and drummer and each played acoustically with no need for any sound reinforcement as the performance space had such a supportive acoustic. I filled in the gaps in accompaniment with elements from Spitfire+LASS’s string library, Omnisphere’s synth pads, 8Dio’s Epic Taiko Drums and snares, XLN’s Addictive Drums 2,  Ilya Efimov’s Duduk, Garritan’s CFX Concert grand, East West’s Symphonic Choirs and Play Orchestra, Air synths such as Loom.

This mixture of live and pre-recorded sound was awesome and it was such a buzz to conduct!

You can read more about Eclipse Choir and our Christmas concert here, and check out the brilliant photos of the event!

The Missing People Choir and Alice Gross’s song

The Missing People Choir with James Hawkins Directing

I’m extremely proud to have continued work with an amazing and strong group of people who come together to sing for their missing loved ones. The Missing People Choir is made up of family members and friends who have lost a loved one. They are the most significant group of voices I’ve ever worked with and what we create together goes way beyond just singing. There is real purpose, a strong message, a release of true and deeply felt emotion as every word being sung is fuelled with the hope of reaching a missing person, a missing loved one, son, daughter, sister, brother, child…. It really is a very special choir.

This year I was invited to create a vocal arrangement of Alice Gross’s song, Don’t Let It Go Away. The choir and I met six times to rehearse and prepare for the performance at St Martin in the Fields on December 7th at the Missing People Christmas Service. The service was extremely well attended and all the readings were especially poignant. Rosalind Hodgkiss, mother of Alice, who was found murdered in 2014, appeared on Good Morning Britain in December to talk about her daughter and how Missing People supported them in the weeks she was missing. You can watch it here.

The choir performed at a slightly smaller service at York Minster the following week where they sang both Alice’s song and last year’s song, I Miss You, and the message was as strong as it was in London. Heart breaking. You can read more about the song I Miss You and our journey to write and record it here.

If you would like to support the Missing People Charity then please follow the link and purchase the song here

Men of the Missing People Choir in 2015

Missing People Choir ladies 2015

Jim Hawkins Choir Director

More wonderful photos of the choir singing together this November are here. Many thanks to Caroline Jones Photography for her marvellous work.

The Official Video “Don’t Let It Go Away”

Backing Alistair Griffin at The Bedford

Gig with Alistair Griffin at The Bedford

In early December I was asked to create four-part vocal arrangements and rehearse 14 singers from Eclipse Choir to support Alistair’s breath-taking renditions of Coldplay’s, Fix You and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, which he performed at the highly acclaimed live music venue, “The Bedford”, in Balham.

It was a beautiful night, Alistair writes such well-crafted and engaging songs, and it was a real pleasure to work with him. There will be more to come sometime in February 2016 so watch this space! You can find Alistair and his music here:

http://www.alistairgriffin.com