Alison Beck

Jazz / gospel / sessions / alt.

GOSPEL SINGING WORKSHOPS

Have you always wanted to try singing gospel music but never figured out how to make it happen? 

Are you used to singing in a classical or jazz style, and you want to have a go at gospel singing?

I offer gospel singing workshops for people of all backgrounds and abilities - whether you're a total beginner, or already an accomplished singer (or choir) in another musical style. 

My workshops are non-scary, energising, and above all, fun! Depending on how long we've got to spend together, topics can include:

  • learning songs by ear
  • beautiful gospel three-part harmony 
  • movement! Gospel singers use their whole bodies when they sing: their hands, their feet, their tummy muscles...you name it
  • gospel repertoire: from old classics like 'Oh Happy Day' to the funky music of contemporary artists like Kirk Franklin and Tonex
  • vocal technique
  • exploring ways you could start to incorporate gospel music into your choir's repertoire, or your church services


Perfect for churches, women's institutes, office choirs, universities, adult education centres, other community groups - and people of any faith and none. 

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"Alison is an inspiring person who calls out the best in all who attend her workshops. The community gospel workshops she ran for us proved to be a roaring success leading to a performance by workshop attendees that same evening. Everyone who took part loved how quickly the group came together to produce lively and beautiful music. Alison was extremely friendly and highly professional throughout and I unreservedly recommend her to anyone looking to employ a workshop leader"
Jim Waddell, Cornerstone, East London

"Alison has a great gift to inspire people to sing. She makes the workshops first and foremost fun and she skilfully builds confidence and basics so that participants become willing to have a go and the sounds which are produced are amazing!"
Rev Tom Gillum, St John's, Isleworth

'I just want to say a huge thank you for coming up to work with our choir in Darlington, it was very exciting for us in the North East to have someone like you come all the way from London! ‘Vocal Collective’ thoroughly enjoyed your workshop and everyone agreed that we have been able to take away skills that we can apply to all of our singing, not just the gospel songs we do! It was an absolute treat to be taught by you and we were blown away by your awesome singing and lively and charismatic leadership! The afternoon flew by and the only criticism we have is that next time please can you spend a full day with us rather than half a day!!! Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable afternoon.'
Katie, Liz and the Vocal Collective Choir 

"So uplifting and a collective joy. Has helped alleviate many 'adult' inhibitions."
Workshop participant

"Inspiring and joyful"
Workshop participant

"THANK YOU! I’m still amazed and delighted at the runaway success of yesterday afternoon’s gospel workshop and the amazing turnout!"
Workshop participant

'Thank you so much for the incredible workshop you led for Zamar! You have been such an inspiration to everyone in the choir and we are still buzzing after the workshop. We are absolutely loving the new repertoire as well! Thank you so much!'
Zamar - York University Gospel Choir