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EXCLUSIVE FULL-DAY WORKSHOP WITH

KERRY ELLIS

 

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Date: Saturday 14th August 2021

Time: 11am - 4pm (5 hour Workshop) 

Doors open 10:45am

Location: The Arts Depot (Creation Space), 

5 Nether St, London N12 0GA

 Closest tube stations:  Between West Finchley, Finchley Central and Woodside Park stations on the Northern Line (High Barnet branch).

How to get there: https://www.artsdepot.co.uk/getting-here

What to bring: Bottle of water & a pen or pencil. You will need to print & bring Lyric sheets or Sheet Music to the Workshop

How to book: Purchase your ticket at the bottom of the webpage

 

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CLIPS FROM OUR FIRST WORKSHOP WITH KERRY in 2019

We were thrilled at our first opportunity to work with Kerry back in 2019. Kerry is the queen of the West End but is so down to earth as she shares all of her wealth of musical theatre experience. This is a snippet of Kerry working on 'At the End of the Day' from Les Miserables, in which she starred in, in the West End production. We explored character, how to approach the music, how to work as an ensemble as well as enjoying some inside information that she learned from her West End Directors.

Towards the end of the Workshop, Kerry performed a few numbers for us, almost like our own private concert! One of which is 'This is Me' from The Greatest Showman. As Kerry was so impressed with how worked with her throughout the day, she asked if we could be her backing singers as she sang.

It was an amazing experience & the perfect way to spend our weekend...

 

We are extremely excited to announce that we are working with the amazingly talented 

West End icon Kerry Ellis

to run a unique full-day Workshop exclusively with West End Musical Choir,

set in The Arts Depot!

Kerry originated the role of Meat, in Queen’s We Will Rock You and was the first British Elphaba in the West End smash, Wicked, for which Kerry won the 2008 Whatsonstage.com Award for ‘Best Takeover in a Role’. She then immediately transferred to Broadway and played Elphaba at the Gershwin Theater for 6 months, where she won the Broadway.com Audience Award for Favourite Female Breakthrough Performance, before returning to London for 6 months in 2009. 
 

Her many other leading role credits include Nancy in Oliver! at Drury lane, Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady, Ellen in Miss Saigon, Fantine in Les Miserables & Grizabella in Cat’s at the London Palladium. 

Kerry’s first major CD release was the amazing Wicked in Rock, a collaboration with long time friend and

Queen guitarist, Brian May. This led to her being signed to Universal as a solo recording artist and her debut album Anthems was released in 2010 on Decca Records. 

We're thrilled to be working with her in our own exclusive full-day Workshop here in London!

 

Date: Saturday 14th August 2021

Time: 11am - 4pm

Venue:

The Arts Depot (Creation Space), 5 Nether St, London N12 0GA

*venue subject to change*

EXCLUSIVE TO WEMC / LIMITED PLACES

Format of the Workshop: 

 

Vocal Technique for these genres of musical theatre 

Storytelling and engagement

Performance style

Phrasing

Emotional intention and text working together

Tone

Working on two Vocal Scores

 

Kerry would like to work on two different types of songs with us. 

One which is brand new to us and one which she's selected from our Choir repertoire.

Finished by a special intimate sing a long with Kerry and photo opportunity with Kerry on our red carpet.

Vocal Score 1 - 'Somebody to Love' from We Will Rock You the musical

Kerry originated the role of Meat in We Will Rock You the musical where she then began collaborating with now long time friend and Queen guitarist, Brian May. This led to her being signed to Universal as a solo recording artist and her debut album Anthems was released in 2010 on Decca Records. 

We Will Rock You (often abbreviated as WWRY) is a jukebox musical based on the songs of British rock band Queen with a book by Ben Elton. The musical tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought and fashion, and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and acts the same. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown.

WEMC will provide a Lyric Sheet & rough sheet music.

We will teach  the selected material at this the Workshop.

Vocal Score 2 - 'From Now On' from The Greatest Showman

Kerry has selected 'From Now On' from our Choir repertoire to take to the next level for upcoming performances.

As it's in our Choir repertoire, we will provide sheet music, the lyric sheet and harmony tracks for you to become really familiar with ahead of this Workshop. It's really important to know this song before arriving for the day (feel free to be 'off book'), as it means Kerry can work in real depth with us!

As a leading lady of the West End, Kerry knows how important is it to not only sing to your best ability, but also PERFORM every song to it's fullest potential. In the world of musical theatre, acting & presenting a song is just as important as how it sounds to the audience!