Both singing and violin lessons will begin with warm-ups in the form of scales and arpeggios. This helps the student to physically warm up and to start thinking about technical aspects of playing or singing. All aspects of the lesson, including the warm-up, will be tailored to the individual.
After a warm-up we will have some technical exercises. These will be related to the repertoire that we will cover in the lesson. These lessons will include aural training as well, as this is important for any musician.
While focussing on the repertoire in the lesson, we will discuss the musical aspects of the piece and while concentrating on getting the notes in the right order and at the right time, we will also think about what the piece means and the message we are trying to communicate to the listeners.
The end of a lesson will include a goal for the next time and a summary of what we have covered so far.
I like to keep a note of the repertoire, technical excercises and individual goals for each student to help us to focus on the appropriate short-term goals which will enable us to achieve the long-term goal the student is aiming for. This could be a graded ABRSM exam, an audition for a choir or orchestra, or learning a piece for the joy of it. Keeping a record of this is also important for monitoring progress, which is essential for motivation and morale.
I am a mezzo soprano and have recently completed an MMus in Historical Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where I studied with a scholarship from the school. I have been teaching freelance for around 4 years while I have been studying. I have been playing the violin for 21 years and singing for 6. I have held various choral scholarships in the choirs I have sung in while in London, including St George’s Beckenham and from September will be part of the Schola Cantorum, All Hallows, Gospel Oak. I have sung in many different styles, most recently I have performed in Baroque Opera scenes and various choral concerts within the Guildhall and as a soloist and chorister with the choir of St George’s Beckenham. I love to teach music and to inspire a love of music in my students, while helping them to gain a deeper understanding and therefore a greater appreciation for it.
ELIZABETH UNSWORTH WILSON (MEZZO-SOPRANO)
32 Sunninghill Road, London SE13 7SS
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Guildhall School of Music and Drama: Advanced Certificate (2018-present)
Guildhall School of Music and Drama: Artist Masters in Historical Performance (2017-18)
Goldsmiths, University of London: BMus Music (2:1) (2013-16)
Vocal tuition from Sarah Pring (2013-present) and Jonathan May (2011-13)
Masterclasses with Dame Emma Kirkby (2017-18) and Ashley Stafford (2016)
Alto Choral Scholar: Schola Cantorum, All Hallows’ Church, Gospel Oak (2018-present)
St George’s Church, Beckenham (2016-18)
St Margaret’s Church, Lee (2013-16)
St Salvator’s Chapel, University of St Andrews (2012-13)
Humana fragilita Il Ritorno d’Ulysse in Patria,
Secrecey The Fairy Queen Guildhall (Scenes at Six)
2018 Second Witch/Spirit Dido and Aeneas Leicester MusicFest
Celso Il Tito Guildhall (Scenes at Six)
Dog The Cunning Little Vixen
Secrecy The Fairy Queen
Dorabella Cosi Fam Tutte OperaGold
2013 Chorus Acis and Galatea St Andrews Opera
2013 The Duchess The Gondoliers University of St Andrews Gilbert
2013 The Consul Trial by Jury and Sullivan Society
FURTHER PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE
2018 Performance in London Handel Festival as part of the Guildhall Cantata Ensemble
2018 Performances with the Spinacino Consort in Edinburgh and Glasgow
2018 Performance of Monteverdi and Bach with Ensemble 209 at the Gresham Centre
2017 Tour of Scotland with the Kellie Consort
2016 Services in Southwark Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral with the Iken Scholars
2015 Performance of Scelsi’s “Sauh III" at Royal Festival Hall as part of PureGold Festival
2015 Opening London Handel Festival at the Foundling Museum with the Amadé Players
2013 Choir tour to Milan and Lombardy with St. Andrews Renaissance Singers
Bach: Ich harre des Herrn; Jesu, meine Freude
Bullard: Glory to the Christ Child
Bruckner: Christus factus est
Buxtehude; Jesu, meine Freude
Caldara: Missa dolorosa
Leonarda: Alma Redemptoris Mater
Monteverdi: Maria, quid ploras; Stabat Virgo Maria; Sfogava con le stelle
McDowall: O Oriens
Rossini: Petite messe solennelle
Scheine: Da Jacob vollendet hatte
Vivaldi: Beatus vir
Bach: Jesus macht mich geistlich reich (from Die Elenden sollen essen); Qui sedes ad dexteram (from Mass in B minor); Bereite dich, Zion (from the Christmas Oratorio); Buß und Reu (from St Matthew Passion)
Byrd: Fair Britain Isle
Caccini: Maria, dolce Maria
Dowland: Fine Knacks for Ladies; Weep you no more, sad fountains; In darkness let me dwell
Ferrari: Amanti, io vi so dire
Handel: Svegliatevi nel core; L’aura che spira (from Giulio Cesare); Virgam virtutis (from Dixit Dominus); O Lord, whose mercies numberless (from Saul); Cease, ruler of the day, to rise (from Hercules); Di te mi rido (from Alcina); Mighty love now calls to arm (from Alexander Balus); Will the sun forget to streak (from Solomon)
Mozart: Smanie implacabili (from Cosí fan tutte); Non so piu cosa son; Voi che sapete (from Le Nozze di Figaro); Als Luise die Briefe
Monteverdi: Lamento d’Arianna
Purcell: Dido’s Lament (from Dido and Aeneas); “The Cold Song” (from King Arthur); I attempt from Love’s sickness to fly (from The Indian Queen); One charming night (from The Fairy Queen)
Rosseter: No Grave for Woe; When Laura Smiles
Vivaldi: Qui sedes ad dexteram (from Gloria); Un certo non so che; Stabat Mater
Elizabeth (Lizzy) has an excellent technical knowledge and great enthusiasm which she combines perfectly through her ability to teach people of all ages and levels. She draws very effectively on her own training and range of singing experience to provide lessons at the right level for her students to make good progress while also enjoying their singing. She is particularly good at explaining and demonstrating singing techniques to young children in a way that they can understand and make the lessons fun to take part in.
I have known Lizzy for years. She is not only a talented musician but is exceptionally gifted as a teacher. Lizzy has a charisma that encourages and empowers.
I’m so pleased to have this opportunity to recommend Lizzy to you. She has improved my singing and my confidence! Ruth
I have known Lizzy for four years (we met at university) and have had a number of lessons with her during this time, often in the lead-up to choral scholarship auditions. Lizzy's lessons are thorough and fun, combining discipline and focus with a hearty sense of humour – I found her knowledge of vocal technique and her points on interpreting texts particularly enlightening, and would highly recommend her as a teacher.
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