Once a term we arrange for a singing teacher to attend the rehearsal. As part of this the whole choir receive coaching to support us in improving our sound. Those who wish can then have an individual lesson during the rehearsal to gain 1:1 tutoring on their technique.
Our current teacher is Miriam Allen:
Australian soprano, Miriam Allan, has been a soloist with leading orchestral and choral organisations all over the world including the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, Bach Collegium Japan, Les Arts Florissants, Le Concert d’Astree, Auckland Philharmonia, Concerto Copenhagen, Il Fondamento, Gewandhaus Kammerchor, Leipzig Kammerorchester, Concerto Köln, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She has been fortunate to work with many of the finest directors and conductors, including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Laurence Cummings, William Christie and Roy Goodman. She appears on numerous recordings, highlights of which include a recital CD of Handel’s Silete Venti and Purcell Songs on the ABC Classics label; Pinchgut Opera’s Giasone, Griselda, Fairy Queen and Dardanus; The Wonders of the World with Echo du Danube, Mozart’s Requiem with the Leipzig Kammerorchester and Gewandhaus Kammerchor. She gave a concert tour of Australia with Ironwood Ensemble for Musica Viva in 2009 and has frequently returned to her native country for performances with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. After making her debut with Glyndebourne Festival Opera in performances of Purcell’s Fairy Queen in 2009, Miriam continued with that production to Paris, Caen and New York in 2010. Miriam made her debut with Canadian orchestra, Les Violons du Roy last December for concerts of Handel’s Messiah.
As a teacher, Miriam has been involved with the Thame Chamber Choir since 2010 offering individual lessons a couple of times per term. Her lessons are as varied as your vocal problems - her philosophy being to teach the student in front of her, not teach to a method or formula. She also works with the choir as a whole: looking at technical ways to improve the overall impact the choir can make in performance, reiterating that every member of the choir is vital and all contributions add to the whole.