This course will be a practical exploration into the relationship between singing and silence. Often in singing our focus is on the sound we are making or the emotion that we are communicating to an audience. We aren't often told to put our attention on the silence that lives within ourselves or the silence offered by an attentive audience. In a sense, silence has been our most loyal and committed supporter: it has been at all of our performances (whether we were aware of it or not) and has supported us unconditionally through each part of our singing journey.
The course will run for 5 weeks and will culminate with a performance showcase on the final week. During weeks 2-4, we will be joined by a guest artist and/or teacher who will offer insights from their journey and an individual coaching opportunity for participants. Weekly group sessions will run from 7-9 p.m. each Wednesday. As well as this, each participant will receive a weekly 20-minute 1-2-1 coaching with Salwan.
Nothing on the course is compulsory and all abilities are welcome. The course is run in a friendly and supportive way with the aim to nourish participants’ love for music, singing and personal growth.
About the tutor
Salwan Cartwright-Shamoon is a musician from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who has just completed his master's in Vocal Performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. As well as singing, Salwan enjoys composing and playing the piano. Over the past couple of years, Salwan has run singing courses at the Crescent Arts Centre which have focused on enabling singers of all abilities to develop their singing skills and confidence, as well as learning how to embrace the art of performance.