Mozart Singing Workshop
We thought it might be lovely to brighten up an Autumn morning with some Mozart and maybe some Gruber.
In November, we’re off to Salzburg – not only to douse ourselves in Glühwein at the Christmas Markets but also to sing Mozart with soloists and an orchestra from the Mozarteum. We’ll stay in Hallein, a small town just up the river from Salzburg and the birthplace and home of Franz Xaver Gruber, who famously penned (or should I say quilled) the legendary Silent Night. That must have been a eureka moment when he scribbled that down. Maybe he was also on the Glühwein!
Anyway… we thought it would be a double-whammy win-win if we ran a Mozart singing workshop in October with the brilliant Robert Dean. Those who are coming to Salzburg can get a first taster of the music, and those who can’t come, well, they still get to experience a wonderful morning of Mozart and Robert’s expert tuition. Did I tell you he’s one of the most sought-after singing teachers and conductors in the country? With patience and a warm smile, he can pull every ounce of brilliance from your singing, leaving you exhausted and exhilarated in equal measure. He’s like a fluffy Simon Cowell, only without the Botox and the high waistband. He’s brilliant, so don’t miss out.
We’ll be learning Mozart’s Missa Brevis K192 and some gorgeous Gruber. What better way to spend a morning?
For nine years, Robert sang principal roles with all the major UK opera companies and abroad, eventually retiring from singing in 1987 to concentrate on a freelance conducting and teaching career. He was Scottish Opera’s Head of Music from 1989-1993, during which time he also conducted over 100 performances with the company.
He has also conducted at Grange Park Opera, Holland Park Opera, English Touring Opera, British Youth Opera, Opera Theatre Company, and with orchestras including The Philharmonia, The Royal Scottish Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic, The BBC Concert Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and London Mozart Players. He is a regular guest conductor of opera in Canada, where he has returned to conduct every year since 1993.
Robert was the Artistic Director of The Philharmonia Chorus from 1998-2008, collaborating with the most famous maestri of the day, including Sawallisch, Sinopoli, Gatti, Levine, Rattle, Davis, Muti, Gergiev, Mackerras, Maazel, Dutoit and Dohnanyi.
In 2000, he was appointed chorus master for a memorable performance at the BBC Proms of Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts conducted by Sir Colin Davis, which involved all the students of the Guildhall School and the Paris Conservatoire.
In addition to his teaching work at the Guildhall School, he has also been a guest vocal coach at the National Opera Studio, Glyndebourne and at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen.
His students have enjoyed great success in the Kathleen Ferrier, Royal Overseas League and Guildhall Gold Medal competitions as well as becoming members of the Jette Parker Scheme at Covent Garden.
How to get there
Rudolf Steiner House
35 Park Rd, London NW1 6XT
Nearest Underground stations
Baker Street, Marylebone
Best buses to catch
18, 27, 30, 74, 113, 139, 189, 205, 453
Nearest Railway station
There is a NCP facility in London Park Road. Parking can be booked by clicking here.