Saturday 7th October – ‘Finding Your Voice’ Singing Workshop – with Marie Claire Breen and Leighton Jones
Goostrey Village Hall 11am-1pm
Join opera singer Marie Claire Breen and composer and vocalist Leighton Jones for what will be a memorable workshop of singing and musical exploration.
Using simple vocal techniques, breathwork, and songs discover how your unique voice works. Gain knowledge into the workings of the singing voice, understand the health benefits of singing and build confidence in your musical prowess!
This workshop is designed for those of you who are complete novices to those who are well established singers. Over 18s only please. No music reading ability is necessary.
This is a unique opportunity to be taught by a professional opera singer and international vocal coach. Marie Claire is a former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist and has regularly appeared as a soloist on the operatic stage throughout the UK. Notable performances include the BBC Proms and singing for HRH King Charles. Currently Marie Claire spends much of her time as a vocal animateur and singing instructor on behalf of Opera North.
Come along for some musical fun……..!
Sunday 8th October – ‘Beware of Trains’ – Cabaret with Marie Claire Breen and Leighton Jones
Goostrey Village Hall 7.30pm (Licensed bar from 7pm)
‘Beware of Trains’ can be described as “English music hall, melodious chamber pop, unrestrained romanticism, heavenly harmonies and a dollop of Disney on the side”.
The show is performed by duo pianist, singer/ songwriter/ producer Leighton Jones (former keyboardist for the multi award winning, ’The Peatbog Faeries’), and Scottish operatic soprano Marie Claire Breen (“a soprano of rare fluency” – The Daily Mail). They are joined by multi-instrumentalist Laura McIntosh who is a senior lecturer at Leeds Conservatoire.
Formed in 2018 after meeting on a Scottish Opera articulated lorry converted into a touring theatre, they forged a musical collaboration combining their shared love of Kate Bush, The Devine Comedy, Musical Theatre, collecting vinyl and playing vintage board games.
They have performed the show at gala concerts, arts and music festivals and also to a packed Bradford Cathedral at ‘A Kitmas Concert’.
Marie Claire and Leighton will include an eclectic mix of their own songs together with well-known hits performed in their own formidable style.
“A combination of Opera, The Divine Comedy and John Shuttleworth”.
– Heptonstall VFest 2020.
“Maverick, mellifluous music…” Helen Meller, Hebden Bridge Art’s Festival Director.