Nest Builders

Témi and Alex, who run Singing Holidays and Singing Nest, met while both were studying singing at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London.

Témi has performed in numerous productions of note, including Garsington Opera’s production of Albert Herring (with subsequent CD recording conducted by Stuart Bedford) and Jonathan Miller’s production of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Témi is also a British Wheel yoga teacher and is a fluent Italian speaker who is experienced at organising events for both large and intimate groups.

Alex studied singing with Ellis Keeler & Benjamin Luxon, first as an undergraduate (where he was a Gold Medal Finalist) and then as a postgraduate on the GSMD Opera Course. Alex has performed in numerous productions, including Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery, conducted by Rostropovich, and Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie, led by William Christie. As well as teaching singing, Alex has produced and directed opera productions in the UK and Spain.

As well as being professional singers, Témi and Alex have run a UK Arts Council funded touring opera company called Opera 21 and a natural products business supplying retailers such as Whole Foods Market, Planet Organic and Sainsbury’s.

Their unique background and experience are the essence of Singing Holidays and the Singing Nest. Their passions for people, good food, nature and the environment are combined with an intense drive to create holidays that develop their clients’ vocal and musical potential within a nurturing and inspirational setting.

Témi and Alex both live in Umbria, Italy.

Témi and Alex - Singing events by the Nest Builders

Témi & Alex

Témi and Alex - Singing events by the Nest Builders

Témi & Alex

Beverley SheppardBeverley Sheppard
16:06 12 Aug 23
Loved ygis workshop Lizzie you never disappoint 😃
Denise AppletonDenise Appleton
14:58 14 Jun 23
Deborah BundyDeborah Bundy
11:16 13 Jun 23
I went by myself and wasn’t sure what to expect but had the best time. Had a great sing with very nice people. Lizzie was amazing!
Julia SkinnerJulia Skinner
20:09 12 Jun 23
Loved the Carol King workshop. Lizzie is so encouraging and entertaining. Really enjoyed my evening, looking forward to more workshops thank you
Sarah GodowskiSarah Godowski
19:09 12 Jun 23
Brilliant fun for a Friday night with a big group singing lizzie’s arrangements of Carole king classics with lots of great harmonies - my first time but hopefully not my last! Sounded amazing to me, looking forward to the next one!
Carolyn HatchCarolyn Hatch
15:48 12 Jun 23
Another fantastic singing workshop with Lizzie Dean. 3 hours whizzes by as you learn two new songs in 3 part harmony. Lizzie’s bubbly personality ensures a great time is had by all. Looking forward to the next one.
Lesley CarvellLesley Carvell
15:25 12 Jun 23
These events are always fun and jam packed with singing. Led by the very talented Lizzie Deane you learn 2 amazing arrangements of familiar songs in under 3hours. I have now been to 3 of these workshops - all different, all so enjoyable, and I will be going again!
Prakash FalconerPrakash Falconer
12:46 12 Jun 23
These sessions are always incredible fun...whatever level of experience you have with singing and choirs. Lizzie has a unique talent for teaching in ways that connect you to the song, music and lyrics, as if you've known it your whole life. The results are quick and I always come away with a smile on my face and a song or two in my heart.
Helene SomervilleHelene Somerville
10:18 12 Jun 23
Are you ever stressed by the end of your working week? Then I have just the antidote: a Lizzie Workshop with Singing Holidays. The evening starts with a Lizzie legendary warm up and you can feel any tension slipping away as you try and fail to keep a straight face. You will have so much fun, learning her amazing arrangements of songs from different genres and the blast you get hearing the voices altogether and realising you are part of this wonderful sound, well that's just priceless.
John HiltonJohn Hilton
09:27 12 Jun 23
A welcoming group of friendly singers, mostly soprano and altos meeting from a variety of backgrounds. Lizzie Deane leads us with an adept professional style peppered with encouraging humorous observations, I smiled throughout the 3 hour workshop. Lizzie is a gem! TJ John Hilton
Maninder MurfinManinder Murfin
15:52 28 Apr 23
This was my first workshop with Singing Nest and I really enjoyed it. We covered "She Used To Be Mine". Lizzie's arrangement was beautiful and she had a really engaging teaching style. The venue worked well and the group was friendly so don't be afraid to go along if you don't know anyone else - it was fine! We sounded lovely, the only thing I would suggest is a faster follow up with a video so that the happy vibes continue post the workshop.
Rosie LaughlinRosie Laughlin
17:26 25 Apr 23
Really enjoyed the 3 hour workshop with the lovely Lizzie Deane, learning her arrangements, and singing in harmony with the other participants.. She is so welcoming, friendly, has an amazing singing voice, and encourages others to find theirs. Looking forward to the next one!
Alex FortuneAlex Fortune
15:43 25 Apr 23
Singing holidays are simply great at what they do.Alex and Temi ensure everything is in place and you’re looking after from the moment you arrive until it’s time to go.The teachers are equally as good and show real enthusiasm.I recently attended an evening singing workshop with Lizzie Deane. It was a nice few hours with just the right amount of madness thrown in to learn ‘She Used to be Mine’ and finally nailing it all.I look forward to the next one!
Jo Dix-PincottJo Dix-Pincott
15:40 25 Apr 23
Once again had the most wonderful time attending a Singing Nest Workshop last Friday April 21st led by the incredibly talented Lizzie Deane; this time we we were singing one of Lizzie’s stunning arrangements this time of “She Used to be Mine” by Sara Bareilles from the hit Musical Waitress. It proved to be challenging, but with an outstanding and charismatic Teacher like Lizzie who has the ability to get the very best out of her students; we soon began to produce some exquisite harmonies. Thank you to Alex Mills for giving us these wonderful opportunities, they really are second to none; you only need to look around the room to see the pure joy on peoples faces to know that these workshops are an incredible success!; can’t wait for the next one!
Cate McTominayCate McTominay
15:06 25 Apr 23
Who doesn't love to sing?! Lizzie Dean is one of the best you'll hear so when she does a workshop, it's a calender must go! She's not just a great singer and musician, she's also great fun, full of energy, so entertaining and engaging. I cannot recommend a Lizzie Dean workshop more, and the result?....not only a belly of laughs and good night out, but a beautiful musical arrangement of which you are part.
Amanda CarterAmanda Carter
12:52 25 Apr 23
The ideal Friday evening tonic after a hard week - a musical workshop with the amazingly talented Lizzie Deane. Three hours of uplifting, inspiring and inclusive coaching for any level of singer, learning a song or sometimes two in 3 hours, with incredible harmonies arranged by Lizzie herself. Roll on the next one!
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Beverley SheppardBeverley Sheppard
16:06 12 Aug 23
Loved ygis workshop Lizzie you never disappoint 😃
Denise AppletonDenise Appleton
14:58 14 Jun 23
Deborah BundyDeborah Bundy
11:16 13 Jun 23
I went by myself and wasn’t sure what to expect but had the best time. Had a great sing with very nice people. Lizzie was amazing!
Julia SkinnerJulia Skinner
20:09 12 Jun 23
Loved the Carol King workshop. Lizzie is so encouraging and entertaining. Really enjoyed my evening, looking forward to more workshops thank you
Sarah GodowskiSarah Godowski
19:09 12 Jun 23
Brilliant fun for a Friday night with a big group singing lizzie’s arrangements of Carole king classics with lots of great harmonies - my first time but hopefully not my last! Sounded amazing to me, looking forward to the next one!
Carolyn HatchCarolyn Hatch
15:48 12 Jun 23
Another fantastic singing workshop with Lizzie Dean. 3 hours whizzes by as you learn two new songs in 3 part harmony. Lizzie’s bubbly personality ensures a great time is had by all. Looking forward to the next one.
Lesley CarvellLesley Carvell
15:25 12 Jun 23
These events are always fun and jam packed with singing. Led by the very talented Lizzie Deane you learn 2 amazing arrangements of familiar songs in under 3hours. I have now been to 3 of these workshops - all different, all so enjoyable, and I will be going again!
Prakash FalconerPrakash Falconer
12:46 12 Jun 23
These sessions are always incredible fun...whatever level of experience you have with singing and choirs. Lizzie has a unique talent for teaching in ways that connect you to the song, music and lyrics, as if you've known it your whole life. The results are quick and I always come away with a smile on my face and a song or two in my heart.
Helene SomervilleHelene Somerville
10:18 12 Jun 23
Are you ever stressed by the end of your working week? Then I have just the antidote: a Lizzie Workshop with Singing Holidays. The evening starts with a Lizzie legendary warm up and you can feel any tension slipping away as you try and fail to keep a straight face. You will have so much fun, learning her amazing arrangements of songs from different genres and the blast you get hearing the voices altogether and realising you are part of this wonderful sound, well that's just priceless.
John HiltonJohn Hilton
09:27 12 Jun 23
A welcoming group of friendly singers, mostly soprano and altos meeting from a variety of backgrounds. Lizzie Deane leads us with an adept professional style peppered with encouraging humorous observations, I smiled throughout the 3 hour workshop. Lizzie is a gem! TJ John Hilton
Maninder MurfinManinder Murfin
15:52 28 Apr 23
This was my first workshop with Singing Nest and I really enjoyed it. We covered "She Used To Be Mine". Lizzie's arrangement was beautiful and she had a really engaging teaching style. The venue worked well and the group was friendly so don't be afraid to go along if you don't know anyone else - it was fine! We sounded lovely, the only thing I would suggest is a faster follow up with a video so that the happy vibes continue post the workshop.
Rosie LaughlinRosie Laughlin
17:26 25 Apr 23
Really enjoyed the 3 hour workshop with the lovely Lizzie Deane, learning her arrangements, and singing in harmony with the other participants.. She is so welcoming, friendly, has an amazing singing voice, and encourages others to find theirs. Looking forward to the next one!
Alex FortuneAlex Fortune
15:43 25 Apr 23
Singing holidays are simply great at what they do.Alex and Temi ensure everything is in place and you’re looking after from the moment you arrive until it’s time to go.The teachers are equally as good and show real enthusiasm.I recently attended an evening singing workshop with Lizzie Deane. It was a nice few hours with just the right amount of madness thrown in to learn ‘She Used to be Mine’ and finally nailing it all.I look forward to the next one!
Jo Dix-PincottJo Dix-Pincott
15:40 25 Apr 23
Once again had the most wonderful time attending a Singing Nest Workshop last Friday April 21st led by the incredibly talented Lizzie Deane; this time we we were singing one of Lizzie’s stunning arrangements this time of “She Used to be Mine” by Sara Bareilles from the hit Musical Waitress. It proved to be challenging, but with an outstanding and charismatic Teacher like Lizzie who has the ability to get the very best out of her students; we soon began to produce some exquisite harmonies. Thank you to Alex Mills for giving us these wonderful opportunities, they really are second to none; you only need to look around the room to see the pure joy on peoples faces to know that these workshops are an incredible success!; can’t wait for the next one!
Cate McTominayCate McTominay
15:06 25 Apr 23
Who doesn't love to sing?! Lizzie Dean is one of the best you'll hear so when she does a workshop, it's a calender must go! She's not just a great singer and musician, she's also great fun, full of energy, so entertaining and engaging. I cannot recommend a Lizzie Dean workshop more, and the result?....not only a belly of laughs and good night out, but a beautiful musical arrangement of which you are part.
Amanda CarterAmanda Carter
12:52 25 Apr 23
The ideal Friday evening tonic after a hard week - a musical workshop with the amazingly talented Lizzie Deane. Three hours of uplifting, inspiring and inclusive coaching for any level of singer, learning a song or sometimes two in 3 hours, with incredible harmonies arranged by Lizzie herself. Roll on the next one!
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