The Flower Singers
Intensive Vocal Ensemble Technique Workshop
10am – 4pm
Sat June 3rd
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL

Open to talented YOUNG SINGERS Aged c. 18 – 30
Soprano, Mezzo, Alto or Countertenor voices only

A sepia portrait of the head of Eliza Flower - showing her side on with her hair loose to her shoulders - she is framed with colourful flowers
Eliza Flower (1803-1846)
Tinted lithograph courtesy of Conway Hall Ethical Society

A unique opportunity to join ELECTRIC VOICE THEATRE Artistic Director  Frances M Lynch, for an exhilarating training day culminating in recording a simple summer part song by Eliza Flower (1803–1846)  which has not been sung or heard for 200 years!

Frances was so lovely and supportive! Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience 

This is your chance to be part of our Eliza Flower project in collaboration with Conway Hall, bringing their archive of this unsung composer’s diverse and extraordinary music to life. You can read more about the project here

The workshop will challenge participants to create their own vocal ensemble – “The Flower Singers” – from scratch, using body and breath techniques and synchronized group formations to forensically examine key acapella skills eg.-listening, rhythm, tuning, unison, language, intervals and the extended voice.

It was almost like belonging to a company during the process, working together as an ensemble and bouncing off each other to accomplish a common goal.

I will continue to use the exercises / ideas taught to me. Every time I sing now, I can’t help but warm up using these practices!

My favourite exercise was when we walked the intervals

Young Singers Programme Participants 2022

Most of the work will be centred around Eliza Flower’s pretty Song for June “Summer Song for the Open Air” with some new music including unusual sounds as contrast. The day ends recording the song which will appear on our website alongside the other Songs of the Months – a series the composer published in installments throughout the year 1834. Find out more and hear some of the songs so far here.

… really helped my mental health and I felt that I was working with a cause to promote female musicians which I think is very important.

I have gained more confidence in my voice

Be prepared for a day of hard work & fun!

The most valuable aspect for me was being made so welcome right from the start, feeling part of a group of fun, interesting and supportive people all working towards a goal.

Frances is so passionate, enthusiastic and bubbly about the music, it just makes you feel so happy taking part.

To apply
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Places are very limited so please apply as early as possible before the deadline – EXTENDED TO May 30th. We are allocating places now – so don’t miss out!

Access to the programme is free of charge but requires a high level of personal commitment for both preparation and on the day itself. Donations to our work promoting women composers are welcome from those who can afford it.

We particularly welcome applications from those who may otherwise have difficulty accessing this kind of training for reasons of finance or any form of discrimination. Please let us know if you have any access needs and we will endeavour to ensure they are met. (NB the venue is fully wheelchair accessible)