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STAHS Music ‘On the Record’ Webinar Series

Date Posted: Monday 01 February 2021

STAHS Music 'On the Record' Webinar Series

STAHS Music launched a new public webinar series ‘On the Record’ during the Michaelmas term of 2020, with the aim of bringing music to people in a time when live events were not possible. The webinars were open to all school communities and offered free of charge, and proved extremely popular with students, teachers and parents right across the country.

Four fantastic evening talks were hosted over the winter months of the Michaelmas and Lent terms, with guest speakers sharing their expertise, experience and insights on a variety of topics, from jazz, to classical,  musical theatre and even comedy! There truly was something for everyone.

The series opened with STAHS’ own Conductor-in-Residence,  Robert Hodge, who enlightened us all in his talk “So What Does a Conductor Do Anyway?”

This was followed by Australian/American Soprano, Corinne Cowling, a Guildhall School of Music & Drama alumna, who educated the online audience with her webinar “Finding Your Voice” which sought to explain how the voice works and how to look after it.

The third in the series saw the wonderful musician and educator Paul Harris inspire us all on ‘How to Practise Effectively’, including tips on making practice fun.

Vikki Stone, actor, writer and composer closed the series with an incredible finale and insights into ‘Life as a Musician & Comedian’. 

Mr Tim Garrard, Director of Music at Westminster School and Partnerships Lead of the Music Teachers’ Association commented:

“A fantastic initiative by St Alban’s High School for Girls, to host webinars freely available to all school communities from all over the UK and beyond. These talks, given by highly respected professional musicians, were really geared towards the needs of young musicians, and this is an excellent example of partnership thriving remotely at such a difficult time otherwise.”

Our huge thanks to Emma Price, STAHS Director of Music, and the department for bringing people together virtually to enjoy this fabulous series of live music events.

Whilst it might be a wrap for the first part in the series, we are delighted to announce that part two opens in the second half of the Lent term. Keep an eye on our social media channels for the exciting line-up!