Date: Sunday 12th September 2021

Time: 11am - 4pm (5 hour Workshop)


Location: NEW VENUE ALERT AS OF 24.08.21 

The Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 8LJ, UK


 Closest tube stations: 

Shepherd’s Bush Market (40m) or Shepherd’s Bush (480m) 

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


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During our first Workshop with Lauren, we worked on two contrasting styles of musical theatre singing - classical vs modern. Lauren's classical training & knowledge as an opera singer is extraordinary. It was amazing to see & hear what a huge difference she made in our singer's understanding and approach to this material. Lauren got us ready to perform our arrangement of 'Come To my Garden' from The Secret Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show later that year. We also had a blast working on a modern, twangy 'Broadway' sound for her arrangement of 'There's No Business Like Show Business!'.

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We are extremely excited to announce that we are bringing the amazingly talented Lauren Van Kempen over to London again

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

set in the renowned Bush Theatre.


Lauren Van Kempen is currently the Vocal Coach & Musical Director at Disneyland Paris, previously Walt Disney World USA. We had an incredible time working under her direction at our recent performances in Disneyland Paris & are thrilled to be working with her in our own exclusive full-day Workshop here in London!


Date: Sunday 12th September

(rescheduled date from Sat 5th Sept due to 14-day quarantine requirement for those coming to the UK from France)

Time: 11am - 4pm

Venue: New venue alert as of 24.08.21 

The Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd's Bush

The Bush Theatre is a world-famous home for new plays and an internationally renowned champion of playwrights. We discover, nurture and produce the best new playwrights from the widest range of backgrounds, and present our work to the highest possible standards. We look for exciting new voices that tell contemporary stories with wit, style and passion and we champion work that is both provocative and entertaining.

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Format of the Workshop: 


Vocal Technique 


Lauren will coach basic vocal techniques and extended vocal techniques used in Legit Musical theatre and classical genres.

Working on two Vocal Scores

Lauren would like to work on two different types of legit musical theatre songs with us.

Vocal Score 1 - Disney's 'Someday' from The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The first score Lauren will work on is the moving 'Someday' from Disney's musical Hunchback of Notre Dame.  This beautiful number is one that we already have produced learning materials for (including sheet music, lyric sheet and harmony tracks). It is extremely important that you come to this Workshop having already learned your harmony line using these materials as Lauren will not teach it from scratch. Coming prepared with a good understanding of this number will allow Lauren to go into great depth with you to transform this into a really moving piece.

Have a sneak preview of our ALL Harmony Track

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Vocal Score 2 - 'Somewhere' from West Side Story

Lauren has chosen one of the most iconic numbers in musical theatre to work on with us. She has selected a challenging but extremely rewarding arrangements of this song to work on with us.

It is extremely important that you come to this Workshop having already learned your harmony line using the materials that Lauren will provide, as she will not teach it from scratch. Coming prepared with a good understanding of this number will allow Lauren to go into great depth with you to transform this into a really moving piece.

About West Side Story

West Side Story is a musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

The story is set in the mid 1950s in the Upper West Side of New York City, then a multiracial, blue-collar neighborhood. The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico, are taunted by the Jets, a white gang. The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang's leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in musical theatre. Bernstein's score for the musical includes "Jet Song", "Something's Coming", "Maria", "Tonight", "America", "Cool", "One Hand, One Heart", "I Feel Pretty", "Somewhere", "Gee, Officer Krupke" and "A Boy Like That".

The original 1957 Broadway production, conceived, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold Prince, marked Sondheim's Broadway debut. It ran for 732 performances before going on tour. The production was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1958, but the award for Best Musical went to Meredith Willson's The Music Man; Robbins won the Tony Award for his choreography and Oliver Smith won for his scenic designs. The show had an even longer-running London production, a number of revivals and international productions. A 1961 musical film adaptation, co-directed by Robert Wise and Robbins, starred Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer. The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won ten, including Best Picture.

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 About the Disney Musical

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a 1996 American animated musical drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 34th Disney animated feature film and the seventh produced during the Disney Renaissance, the film is based on the 1831 novel of the same name by Victor Hugo. The plot centers on Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame, and his struggle to gain acceptance into society.

The film is considered to be one of Disney's darkest animated films as its narrative explores such mature themes as infanticide, lust, damnation, antiziganism, genocide, and sin, despite the changes made from the original source material in order to ensure a G rating received by the MPAA. The musical score was written by Alan Menken, with songs written by Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who had previously collaborated on Pocahontas (1995). The pair later also collaborated on 2007's Enchanted.

Taking part in this Workshop also gives Autumn Term Choir members priority registration to perform at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in September!

This is world’s most prestigious Royal flower show that inspires millions and leads the way in innovative garden design, attended by the Queen & Royal family. Held for five days in May by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London. Held at Chelsea since 1912, it is the most famous flower and landscape gardens show in the world attracting visitors from all continents.Covered on TV each day of it's duration (TV highlights in the evening) on the BBC. So hopefully, we may be spotted in their TV highlights!

By performing, you gain FREE entry to the event (Tickets are usually £100!!).

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Vocal Score 3 - 'Somewhere Out There' from An American Tail

Lauren has chosen to work on another one of our Choir arrangements with us. 'Somewhere Out There'

 from an American Tail. She is excited to work on this number wit us as we are performing this at the upcoming RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

It is extremely important that you come to this Workshop having already learned your harmony line using the materials that we've already produced (including sheet music, lyric sheet and harmony tracks). Coming prepared with a good understanding of this number will allow Lauren to go into great depth with you to transform this into a really moving piece.

What role do songs play in a musical?

Songs have a dramatic function that are an integral part of the storytelling: They help to develop character and/or move the action of the plot forward. In musicals, it is a general rule that characters break into song when the emotional stakes have become so high that ordinary speech fails them. Through their songs, the characters can reveal their innermost thoughts, fears, hopes & dreams, grapple with difficult decisions & come to important realisations about themselves. 

Musical theatre lyrics use many poetic devises, including rhythm, rhyme, repetition, figurative language, symbolism & metaphor.

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Lauren is currently the Disney Vocal Coach & Musical Director at Disneyland Paris, previously Walt Disney World USA.

Originally from Seattle, USA Lauren Van Kempen holds a Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance and Cello Performance. Based in France since 2010, Lauren is a multifaceted artist performing opera, musical theatre and chamber music.


Most recent credits include Wonderful Town (Violet) at Opera de Toulon, Kiss Me Kate (Lois) at the Théâtre du Châtelet and Théâtres de la Villes de Luxembourg, The Double-Threat Trio (Nina) at La Comédie Nation, and The King and I at Theatre du Chatelet. Since 2015 Lauren is the artistic director and creator of the concert series Broadway Melody (France Musique, L’Auguste Theatre), her one-woman show Lauren Van Kempen: The Cabaret ( Mollini Athens, MUSICA Le Mans, L’Auguste Theatre, Comedie Nation, CPO Lausanne) and Les Jingle Belles-Christmas Cheer: La Magie de Noel(Comédie Nation, Disneyland Paris).


Lauren was a regional finalist in the Voix Nouvelles competition, and a finalist in the Armel opera competition in 2017. In addition to her performing career Lauren teaches musical theatre masterclasses in the United States and Europe.





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Sunday 12th September 2021

West End Musical Choir Workshop with Disney Musical Director and opera singer Lauren van Kempen.

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Saturday 14th August 2021

West End Musical Choir Workshop with West End star Kerry Ellis.

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