Workshops

2018

Any questions about any of the workshops, please do contact Sophie by email
Email: sbancroft@btinternet.com

Sat 30th Jun – Sun 1st July:
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL (ON RECORD) Vocal Workshop in Pathhead, Midlothian, with Sophie Bancroft & Tom Lyne
Treat yourself to this fun, intimate and intensive workshop with a huge amount of individual focus as well as group work (4 workshop participants max) @ Sophie and Tom’s house in Pathhead, Midlothian – 25 mins from Edinburgh city centre. B+Bs nearby if needed.
Input on technique, repertoire, phrasing, improvisation, working with musicians, intros + endings, confidence, performance skills, rehearsing + performance preparation, microphone technique, music theory + much more PLUS a recording of a 1 or 2 song demo in our home studio!!!
£300 per weekend workshop, 10.30 – 4.30pm Saturday and Sunday. Please bring your own lunches.
Email Sophie to book – a non-refundable deposit of £150 will be required to secure booking. Monthly payment plan is possible too.
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Sat 18th + Sun 19th Aug:
VOCAL JAZZ WORKSHOP in Pathhead, Midlothian, with tutors Fionna Duncan, Brian Kellock, Sophie Bancroft & Tom Lyne
 (10 till 4.30pm each day)
A workshop featuring Fionna Duncan the phenomenal Queen of Jazz, and Brian Kellock, widely regarded as one of the UK’s finest jazz pianists, along with vocalist and music educator Sophie Bancroft and bassist and music educator Tom Lyne.
Maximum 12 students, master classes (max 4 people with each tutor) plus group work
•  Workshop focus areas:
Song interpretation and phrasing, vocal technique, performance focus, communication with instrumentalists, bass and voice work, and much more.
•  Student concert on Sunday 6pm @ The Stair Arms, Pathhead featuring a set from Fionna Duncan & Brian Kellock
•  Workshop Location: Pathhead, Midlothian, EH37 5QB
•  Travel: Pathhead is a 45 minute bus journey from Edinburgh city centre, and transport from Edinburgh airport to Pathhead (30 minute drive) is easily arranged
•  Monthly payment plan possible
•  Workshop fee: £400 includes Sat + Sun lunches, Sat evening meal and merriment chez Sophie & Tom, Sun supper at Stair Arms, refreshments and all tuition
•  Fantastic B+B accommodation available nearby if required – email Sophie for further info.
•  A non-refundable deposit of £200 is required to secure your place on the workshop.
Email Sophie to book
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 Fri 19th (starts 5.30pm) to Sun 21st Oct (ends 3pm):
THE BIGGER AND BETTER VOCAL JAZZ WORKSHOP IN HASTINGS

with tutors Liane Carroll, Sara Colman and Sophie Bancroft
featuring additional singing clinics and sunday morning workshop as well as the usual masterclasses, group song and technique work.
In association with the Memorial Art Gallery, Hastings
Maximum 12 students, 3 master classes (max 4 people with each tutor) plus group work, singing clinics and technique/warm ups.
Workshop focus areas: interpretation, phrasing, technique, performance focus, communication with musicians and much more.
Informal student concert on Sunday afternoon @ Porters Wine Bar, with students accompanied by Liane.
Venue: Memorial Art Gallery, Hastings
Fee: £460 (includes sunday lunch at Porters and refreshments)
A non-refundable deposit of £235 is required to secure your place on the workshop  
Email Sophie to book
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Sun 28th Oct – Fri 2nd Nov:
SINGING RETREAT @ GARTMORE COUNTRY HOUSE
I am very excited to be leading some singing retreats at the historic Gartmore House near Aberfoyle in the Trossach’s National Park. Come and join me and immerse yourself in song at this holistic singing retreat. Full info and booking contact is here
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Fri 9th (evening) to Sun 11th November:
SONG-WRITING WORKSHOP with tutors Sophie Bancroft & Sara Colman in Seahouses, Northumberland 
•    Creative writing exercises
•    Lyrics only or writing with lyrics and music
•    Constructing the building blocks of a song
•    Learning through song analysis
•    Dealing with creative block
•    Individual song-writing mentoring
•    Song-writing masterclasses
•    Instrumental song-accompaniment techniques (optional)
•    Beautiful seaside location to stir the senses with glorious golden beach walks
•    30 minutes from Berwick Upon Tweed station
•    Numerous B+B’s + hotel nearby
•    Workshop Fee £300 (incl’g all tuition + refreshments)
•   Email Sophie to book

Sara Colman –With a masters in song-writing, writing music has always been central to Sara with original music being a consistent theme throughout her 3 albums. Her song ‘Rock’ was in the final 10 of 15,000 entries to BBC Radio 2’s Sold on Song competition, collaborations with her brothers Mat and Andrew featured on the eponymous Colman Brothers album and several commissions for larger vocal groups including Black Voices and various choral projects have received rave reviews. Sara teaches voice and song-writing at the Birmingham Conservatoire and teaches privately in London.

Sophie Bancroft –Song-writing from an early age, her songs have been used on American hit TV show ‘Six Feet Under’, been remixed and featured in European and American dance charts, recorded by various jazz vocalists around Europe including multi-award winning vocalist Liane Carroll and American award-winning jazz pianist Louis Durra. Her most recent CD ‘Songs’ featuring her own compositions was listed in the top 50 albums of 2015 by The Herald. Sophie has taught at many of the major music universities in Scotland and the North of England as well as lecturing and leading workshops on song-writing in numerous secondary schools. She is a busy private teacher and workshop leader and is currently studying a masters in Creative Writing.
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Sun 18th Nov – Fri 23rd Nov:
SINGING RETREAT @ GARTMORE COUNTRY HOUSE
I am very excited to be leading some singing retreats at the historic Gartmore House near Aberfoyle in the Trossach’s National Park. Come and join me and immerse yourself in song at this holistic singing retreat. Full info and booking contact is here
http://www.gartmoreestate.com/gartmore-house/activity-holidays/singing-retreat/
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Any questions about any of the workshops, please do contact Sophie by email
Email: sbancroft@btinternet.com

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS FROM THE HASTINGS, CROMARTY AND  MEDITERRANEAN SUMMER SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

Huge thanks to you all for another brilliant weekend. What a team!!! I’ve never been to a health spa, but whatever their claims I can’t believe they come anywhere near the benefits of your workshops. The Heineken effect; you get to the parts that others don’t reach.

Thank you so much, it was a wonderful weekend and I learnt so much – surprisingly emotional too, it felt very cathartic.

I wanted to thank you for such a marvellous course. I got so much out of it and was able to have the confidence to go a little bit further with all the things I find challenging. I love singing so much and interpreting the great songs brings so much emotion as well as bringing you close to some great people. I have always felt hampered by my lack of confidence as a relative newcomer to jazz but I gain something from each course and the skill and manner of the teaching really helped me to be a bit more daring.

Thanks for the kind comments and for all your hard work and very valuable input from all three of you this weekend. I hope it will all help to close the gap between where I am with my singing and where I’d like to be.

Thank you for the weekend, which was inspiring. I have taken many good things away from it, and although it’s too early to say how it will all impact on my singing, or my teaching, one thing I feel absolutely sure of is that it will.

I have to say that for me personally, it was the most terrifying thing I think I have ever done – and I will treasure every second of it in my mind for ever because it has changed me for ever in a way that is extremely growthful and empowering.

Thanks again for a wonderful workshop, it was really inspirational and I cant wait to to start singing again

What great teachers!

I love and look forward to spending time with you all and consider myself hugely privileged to be a participant in your workshops. I learn so much and am keen to have opportunities to put it all into practice.

Thank you both so much for all the help and support you have given me as a singer and as another human being.

You are all such inspiring teachers…