Workshops & Courses

In addition to my individual and group coaching I run a number workshops and courses for people to explore their beliefs about who they are and how this affects how they present themselves and achieve what they want.  Courses currently arranged are set out below. I also design and run bespoke workshops and courses for groups & companies. If you would like to know more please get in touch.


2018 Workshops

£245 (or £225 if booked by 31st August 2018)
A Weekend Singing Course with Chris Cowell & Hattie Voelcker
Saturday 13th October 2018 to Sunday 14th October 2018

We all know that good vocal technique is so important for giving your audience a good performance, but what else do we need? This weekend workshop takes a look at different ways of producing a really brilliant performance. Christopher Cowell will give you the director’s perspective, giving you the benefit of all of his experience to help with your interpretation, I will help get you thinking differently about yourself and how you approach performing, and we have the fabulous Alastair Chilvers, répétiteur, who will help you whip the music into shape.

Whatever your level, the weekend is for people who love to sing opera. So come and spend the weekend with us doing you something you love, and see how you can improve the way you sing without even thinking about vocal technique (but don’t worry, there will be plenty of singing!)

The weekend will be in Hackney on 13th and 14th October 2018. For those of you that are interested, we are offering a discount to people booking by 31st August 2018.

As this is not a residential course, for those of you who don’t live in London, we may be able to find accommodation locally if you need, so just let me know. I’ve answers some FAQs below, but if there is anything else you would like to know just send an email to

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Further Information


Previous Workshops

How to Captivate an Audience – Ipswich

A Weekend Residential Singing Course with Bryan Husband & Hattie Voelcker
5.30pm Friday 9th February 2018 to 5.30pm Sunday 11th February 2018

What really engages an audience?
How do we hold their attention, fully involve them in the song and captivate them with our performance?
What can we do to maximise our audience’s enjoyment, and our own? This weekend workshop is designed to help singers do just that by looking at their technique, the music and their thoughts and perspectives……and eat and chat, and generally enjoy themselves doing what they love!

Full board (from tea & cake on Friday to tea & cake on Sunday) and lodging in ensuite rooms, & all tuition

£310 per person sharing, or £350 for a room to yourself. You can also be non-residential and get everything except B&B for £260

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We have just one more space on our course “How to Captivate an Audience” happening at the beginning of February with Bryan Husband and Nico de Villiers. Here’s a bit more about it in case the space is meant for you!

Posted by Hattie Voelcker on Thursday, 25 January 2018

About Bryan Husband

Bryan is a widely experienced performer, teacher, coach, adjudicator, music examiner, actor and singer in the main genres of singing, from opera to Music Theatre, and from Cathedral Lay-Clerkship to oratorio.

He has performed in Opera Houses around the UK and abroad, in Musicals in the West End, and appears regularly on TV, radio and recordings. He is a tenor among tenors, having sung with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Roberto Alagna, Josh Groban and Russell Watson.

Trained at the Royal College of Music and at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, Bryan’s early professional life comprised teaching singing around the country, whilst gaining performance experience in most of the genres associated with singers: opera, oratorio, concert, recital and Music Theatre. Bryan is happiest performing in Opera and Music Theatre, where his love of, and skills in singing, acting, dancing and language can be combined.

About Nico de Villiers

South African-born pianist Nico is a coach, accompanist and researcher based in London. He holds degrees from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the University of Michigan, as well as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Regularly performing as collaborative pianist to singers and chamber musicians Nico performed in recital at the Terrace Theatre at the  Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Barbican, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London; the Kammermusiksaal in Bonn, Germany and the Mozarteum Grosser Saal in Salzburg. Festival performances include performances at the Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival , Oxford Lieder Festival, Chopin Birthday Festival in Warsaw, Poland, and the International Johannesburg Mozart Festival in South Africa. As repetiteur Nico worked with various groups including the BBC Singers, Cumbernauld Choir (Glasgow), opera scenes performances for the Oxenfoord Summer Programme (Scotland), the Aderley International Music School (England), and Queens Park Singers. Nico has been the assistant director of music of the Lewisham Choral Society since 2009.

Nico worked as vocal coach at various institutions including the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, Trinity Laban Conservatory, Royal College of Music, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK. Masterclasses and Workshops include institutions such as Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, University of Portland, Portland, Oregon (USA), the Birmingham Conservatory (UK), Kungliga Musikhögskolan in Stockholm (Sweden), and the Universities of Stellenbosch, Pretoria and the Free State (South Africa). He has been on the faculty of various summer programmes including the Oxenfoord Summer Programme in Scotland, the Abingdon Summer School of Solo Singers, Aderley International Music School in England, the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, and the International Music Academy in Pilsen, Czech Republic. Nico is currently a coach on the vocal faculty of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 




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