Bromley Beach Boys Workshop!

All Singers Saturday Workshop

Learn songs by The Beach Boys with live band returns!

Saturday 17th October

9:45am–4:30pm

VENUE

Whitfield Hall
Bromley United Reformed Church
20 Widmore Road
Bromley
Kent, BR1 1RY

All singers are welcome

Due to popular demand, there will be a second Beach Boys Workshop in Bromley this autumn. Hurray you say! Join us and you will learn Beach Boys songs in four-part harmony. Plus for extra buzz we'll be singing with a live band accompaniment, and Jim will make a recording available after the day.

TICKETS

Adults £35
Children £20 (under 16)

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Feedback from the last Beach Boys Workshop in August

What a fabulous day! Adore Beach Boys music, such a thrill to sing those harmonies. Thanks Jim for best ever Workshop! Chris Hill
Thanks so much Jim Hawkins for an awesome day of Beach Boys harmonies. I absolutely loved every second of it. They are geniuses and so are you 🙂 Emma Tracey
Yes I totally loved it too and so good to get 4 songs for the price of 1 in the medley - looking forward to the gospel! Alison Dawson

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • You'll receive musical scores in advance for the songs.
  • Jim will be teaching a Beach Boys hits medley including In A Room, Fun, Fun, Fun, California Girls and in the second session God Only Knows. They will be arranged in four-part harmony (SATB).
  • We'll provide tea and coffee for refreshments on arrival and during the breaks
  • There will be an hour for you to go off site and enjoy lunch, or you may bring a packed lunch with you if you prefer. There is a kitchen on site for our use.
  • We will learn the Beach Boys medley in the morning, excitingly to perform it with the band before lunch
  • After lunch we'll return to learn God Only Knows, which Jim will then record!
  • Jim will make available the best live recording from the day after the workshop (for personal use only).

TIMINGS

Doors open at 9:45am and welcome refreshments

10:15-12:45 Warm up and session 1 with band, including break

12:45-13:45 Lunch Break

13:45-16:15 Session 2 including recording!

16:15-17:00 Warm down and departure

Travel info

The Bromley United Reformed Church is in the centre of Bromley, extremely close to multiple bus routes and the railway station. There isn't any parking available at the venue, but The Glades car park is adjacent should you choose to drive. Please check TFL for the best public transport routes for you to the venue. Postcode: BR1 1RY.

The Gospel Thriller!
All Singers Saturday Workshop

Gospel Thriller Workshop

 

Come and sing in the gospel style, learning 'Oceans' by Hillsong, and 'Thriller' by Michael Jackson in harmony!

Saturday 24th October

10:00am–5.00pm

VENUE

St Matthew's Church Wimbledon,
Durham Road,
West Wimbledon,
Greater London
SW20 0DE

 

All singers are welcome

This 'Gospel Thriller' workshop is going to be so much fun!

Join us this October in Wimbledon, South West London, where we'll be singing gospel music arranged for us by Get Gospel, the BBC Gospel Choir of the Year Finalists, and a classic Halloween track, Thriller, by Michael Jackson. Expect to be entertained, challenged and enthused by Jim's excellent teaching. I know he is particularly looking forward to this one!

You can listen to 'Oceans' being sung in a gospel style here!

Both songs will be taught in three or four part harmony, and in case you're concerned, there won't be any dance moves!

We're very pleased to announce that members of Get Gospel will be joining us on the day to sing live (perhaps take part?) and offer tips for singing in the gospel style. Plus, Jim will make a recording of our singing at the end of the day for you to enjoy as a personal souvenir.

TICKETS

Adults £35
Children £20 (under 15)

Feedback from our most recent summer Beach Boys workshop:

Thanks Jim. The recording is really great. I had such a good day. I was with Rock choir in Dorking until I moved to Somerset in October last year so do very little singing now. I miss it, and your teaching was brilliant and very inspirational. Put me down for the next one. Can't wait. Thank you for a brilliant day. Sue Miller x
Thanks Jim, a thoroughly enjoyable day. Can't wait for the next one! Rachel Haig
Yes I totally loved it too and so good to get 4 songs for the price of 1 in the medley - looking forward to the gospel! Alison Dawson

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • You'll receive musical scores in advance for the songs.
  • Jim will be teaching Oceans and Thriller. They will be arranged in three or four-part harmony (SAT or SATB).
  • We'll provide tea and coffee for refreshments on arrival
  • There will be an hour for you to go off site and enjoy lunch
  • During the day our guests, Get Gospel, will arrive to sing and host a Q&A about singing gospel and their experience on Songs of Praise.
  • Jim will make available a live recording from the day that will be emailed to you after the workshop (for personal use only).

 

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Get Gospel performing on BBC Songs of Praise with our Jim accompanying them on piano!

TIMINGS

Doors open at 10am and welcome refreshments

10:30-13:30 Session 1: Gospel Music, Oceans, incl. Get Gospel appearance and a short break

13:30-14:30 Lunch Break

14:30-17:00 Session 2: Thriller, incl. recording the songs we've learned from the day!

Travel info

St Matthew's Church is within easy walking distance of Raynes Park railway station, which is on the main line from Waterloo via Wimbledon. There are also good bus links from Wimbledon. If you require parking under special circumstances, please contact us so that we can try to arrange that for you. Please check TFL for the best public transport routes for you to the venue. Postcode: SW20 0DE.

Beach Boys Workshop Day – a real treat

Fab Feedback

Thank you so much - amazing day and I feel very proud of what we achieved with your excellent teaching
Will definitely be looking out for the next one!

- Karen Bond

Thank you for a great day on Saturday - a great Beach Boys fan in my youth! so enjoyed every minute of the day.
Looking forward to a gospel day later in the year.

- Gaynor Chick

Thanks so much Jim Hawkins for an awesome day of Beach Boys harmonies. I absolutely loved every second of it. They are geniuses and so are you  😉

- Emma Tracey

What a fabulous day! Adore Beach Boys music, such a thrill to sing those harmonies. Thanks Jim for best ever Workshop!

- Chris Hill

Thank you and very well done!

It is was hot, hot day for our summer workshop this year, which seemed very appropriate for the Beach Boys songs! Nearly 90 people attended the uniquely beautiful Normansfield Theatre in Teddington to learn a Beach Boys medley of  “I Get Around”, “In My Room”, “California Girls” and “Fun, Fun, Fun”, which they then sang with the band.  After a rest and lunch outside on the grass, the afternoon was spent singing “God Only Knows”, such a beautiful song, which you don't see the likes of these days.  Jim went on to record this... listen below! It's was a bit of a quick recording, but, for a few hours of work, I think it's a brilliant effort!

A quick message from Jim

Thank you to all those who attended and helped at the Beach Boys themed workshop on Saturday 8th August 2015. I hope you enjoyed learning the songs as much as I did teaching them with you and I must tell you how impressed I am with how much we managed to get through!

A special congratulations to all those who were new to score reading and learning in this way, you did a fantastic job! Well done for sticking at it, it's the only way to get to grips with reading the dots!

Next Workshop

Our next theme will be Gospel songs, date to be confirmed, but we're looking at the end of October.  Please sign up to our mailing list in the footer below to be first to hear the details and book your place!

Jim came away inspired by the whole day and has been bursting with ideas about future workshops. (Remember his remark... "Just imagine what we could do with a few days together!"...) Watch this space.

Workshop photos

 

Vocal Technique Workshop

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Limited Spaces Available

Vocal Technique Workshop

Saturday 20th June 2015

1.00-7.00pm

VENUE

St John the Evangelist,
Grove Lane,
Kingston upon Thames,
KT1 2SU

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A special opportunity to join a unique Singing Workshop

This workshop will be focused on breathing technique, rounding sound, vocal health and how to ‘belt’. The day will be led by two professional singing teachers and singers in their own right, and will be split into two halves, the first part being taught from the classical tradition and the second from the Estill Model of voice training.

This workshop was organised by Eclipse Choir, which was set up by Jim Hawkins in April 2015. There are 20 spaces available to non-choir members. It is going to be a very informative and useful training day and beneficial to all singers who are looking to improve singing technique and understand more about how our voices work.

TICKETS

Adults £30 for the day

The Beach Boys All Singers Workshop

All Singers Saturday Workshop

Learn songs by The Beach Boys with live band

Saturday 8th August

10:00am–6.00pm

VENUE

Normansfield Theatre
2A Langdon Park
Teddington TW11 9PS

All singers are welcome

Join us for Jim's Summer Fun Workshop, where we'll be learning Beach Boys songs in four-part harmony. Plus for extra buzz we'll be singing with a live band accompaniment, and Jim will make a recording available after the day.

TICKETS

Adults £35
Children £20 (under 15)

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My highlights were the great atmosphere throughout the day… Good to use a score and be taught more about music theory… The band… Jim’s sense of humour and energy. The free pencil – obviously!” Testimonial from The Beatles Workshop in 2014

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • You'll receive musical scores in advance for the songs.
  • Jim will be teaching a Beach Boys hits medley including In A Room, Fun, Fun, Fun, California Girls and also God Only Knows. They will be arranged in four-part harmony (SATB).
  • We'll provide tea and coffee for refreshments on arrival
  • There will be an hour for you to go off site and enjoy lunch
  • After we've learned the second song we will have a break before returning for the exciting part where we will perform the songs with a live band playing.
  • There will be also be a 'free' singalong time near the end of the day where we can enjoy singing our favourite songs with the band.
  • Jim will make available a live recording from the day after the workshop (for personal use only).

TIMINGS

Doors open at 10am and welcome refreshments

10:30-12:30 Song 1

13:30-14:30 Lunch Break

14:30-16:30 Song 2

16:30-18:00 Live band, recording and singalong!

Travel info

The Normansfield Theatre is within The Langdon Park Centre off Normansfield Avenue. There is good parking available at the venue and on nearby streets. Please check TFL for the best public transport routes for you to the venue. Postcode: TW11 9PS.

New Vintage Vocals Workshop

Thank you for joining us at our workshop on Sat 23rd Aug 2014!

It was a real pleasure to have you there and we hope you had a great time.

Absolutely brilliant! Thanks Jim for another fabulous day x

Brilliant day Jim, thank you so much for the hard work that you and your team put in and to the incredibly talented Rockabellas-I think you found lots of fans today!

Please note, that we are planning a series of Vintage Vocals Workshop around London and the South East in the next few months. The next one will be at Bromley Baptist Church on 20th September.  Find out more and come along!

 

 

Vintage Vocals Workshop details

We are excited to announce our Vintage Vocals Workshop on Saturday 23rd August at the Normansfield Theatre, Teddington.

We will learn to sing two songs in the mode of the Andrew Sisters and spend some time with The Rockabellas, one of the UK’s most popular vintage harmony groups. The girls have offered to sing with us and share expert tips and advice for this genre, which could be anything from costumes to vocal technique!

We promise you a wonderfully friendly atmosphere, the chance to have fun whilst learning new skills and most importantly an encouraging approach to singing togther.

There will be an exclusive evening performance by The Rockabellas to round off our day of vintage song! The Bellas will perform a concert covering classic songs from “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy..”, “Moonlight Serenade”, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”, through to modern hits with their vintage twist such as “That Man”, “Creep” and “Crazy In Love”. You’ll be invited to join in with the songs we will have learned during the day and perhaps take on their choreography challenge….

“My highlights were the great atmosphere throughout the day… Good to use a score and be taught more about music theory… The band… Jim’s sense of humour and energy.  The free pencil – obviously!”

Booking is now closed. Check out our next workshop on Saturday 20th September.

Vintage Vocals Workshop Itinerary

12:40 onwards: Arrival and registration

13:00 – 15:00: Vocal warm up and “That Man”

15:00 – 16:00: Tea, coffee and cakes

16:00 – 17:30: “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and performance of both songs

17:30 – 19:00: Break for evening meal. We will recommend some local places to eat.

19:00 – 21:00: The Rockabellas 2-part show, including our workshop sing-along and meet & greet.

Please see a map of the Normansfield Theatre, situated at the Langdon Down Centre.