KATE DIMBLEBY PRESENTS…
WORKSHOPS AND ONE-TO-ONE TEACHING:
For more information or to book a workshop/lesson please email me direct email@example.com.
ONE-TO-ONE and GROUP SESSIONS
for VOICE/STAGE FRIGHT/PERFORMANCE/BACK PAIN:
In 2003, I took a career break to train in the Alexander Technique at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London. This is an intense 3 year training which leads to a qualification in teaching the technique to others. F.M Alexander developed the technique when, as a vocal performer himself, he lost his voice. I started lessons when, during a stressful bout of performing, I suffered continuing back pain and sore throats. I found the lessons incredibly helpful in working on my own voice and performance and wanted to go more deeply into it as well as learn how to share that with others.
I qualified and began teaching in London in 2006 alongside my performing work and having a family and I built up a busy practice teaching one to one. When I moved to Bristol I began teaching student musicians at the university. This led onto group workshops with musicians and voice practitioners as well as community groups introducing the principles of the technique alongside other skills associated with live performance and singing.
To enquire about workshops or one-to-one work please email teach@katedimbleby. com or call direct on 07722 047576
In the summer of 2014, I travelled to Omega instititute in to do a week-long workshop with the amazing musician and vocal artist Bobby McFerrin. The workshop was with musicians from all over the world and inspired me to continue working with the voice as an acapella instrument, in harmony with others and using improvisation as a foundation.
I began a Circlesinging workshop at Zion Arts Centre in Bristol and plan to do
more in 2015/16. As a solo artist, I have begun doing entirely improvised solo performances encouraging the audience to provide the harmony/inspiration. I have also started writing songs using layered voices stemming back to early traditions of blues, folk and gospel.
“Kate was so friendly and approachable whilst remaining professional and inspiring. I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and look forward to the next one!”
“I liked the freedom of the workshop. It was structured well but I still felt that I had the chance to contribute when I wanted and ask questions if I was unsure about anything. I enjoyed the chance to improvise as this pushed me out of my comfort zone which was good (!) and I picked up some useful tips about breathing and performing to an audience.”
“I thought the event was wonderful as I felt totally comfortable, which meant I could try out new things. It was also great that there were only a few of us as I felt a level of understanding between us all.”
“Singing in a circle w @ katedimbleby blows breezes through your mind, moves the body and stimulates the spirit. My cheeks hurt from smiling.”
“I loved it. It was completely different to anything I had done before but I had such fun! It was nice to get to know the others and see how people grew in confidence. Kate is AMAZING and such great fun and the ability to get people to be involved was great.“
“I had an amazing experience at Circlesongs. I found Kate to be very inspiring, encouraging and supportive. I would recommend Circlesongs to anyone who would like to sing, regardless of their singing abilities.”
Songbirds – the live show
A video to explain what I’ve been up to……
The Songbirds album has eleven original songs recorded almost entirely with just my voice, layered – with just a few light touches of instruments in a couple of tracks – written by me and produced by the amazing Lauren Deakin-davies. Read a full press release about the Album here and buy it from Folkstock’s Bandcamp page – I send them myself, so let me know if you’d like it signed and dedicated.
The Songbirds live show is touring at the moment – you can see upcoming show dates in the sidebar on the left and on the Shows page. I’m looking for interesting places to play, so please send suggestions.…
Video – “Unusual Things Can Happen”
4* review of SONGBIRDS Live show in Pop section of The Times
This project has surprised me at every turn – with how it grows and changes and the audience it has attracted. I am feeling thoroughly moved and grateful. First Radio 6 music and now a POP review in the Times!
Here is the review of the live launch at NOW gallery