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Introductory Workshop

Sing and Swing: Introduction to EVT for Jazz Singers
Course ID: 1829
Date: 2022/06/11 to 2022/06/11 (YYYY/MM/DD) Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm BST Cost: £120 (Active Participants) / £50 (Observers) Language: English
Instructors: Stefan Holmstrom
Contact: Stefan Holmström | | +44 (0)7970 057 660
Course Location:
The Verdict Jazz Club
159 Edward Street Kemptown
Brighton England
United Kingdom

This relaxed, informal day-long vocal workshop at the Verdict Jazz Club in Brighton features an introduction to Estill Voice Training especially tailored for jazz singers with EMT Stefan Holmström and expert feedback from award-winning jazz singer Claire Martin OBE.

We will explore both the voice and stagecraft in a supportive environment, then apply what we've learned to a selection of five songs from the standard repertoire accompanied by Mark Edwards, one of the most in-demand jazz pianists on the UK jazz scene. 

What you will explore

  • Vocal anatomy and physiology with the Estill Power-Source-Filter model
  • The Estill concepts of effort and attractor states
  • Estill Figures for Voice to find a broad range of vocal colours
  • The 6 Estill Voice Qualities
  • Warming up and cooling down your voice with the Siren
  • Stagecraft (microphone technique, storytelling & stage presence)
  • Counting in
  • Improvisation
  • Coping with nerves

Who it's for

Jazz singers - beginner to intermediate level.


Ten observers will take part in the introduction to Estill Voice Training and group exercises throughout the morning. In the afternoon, they will watch and learn from the feedback that active participants receive during performance and one-to-one coaching.

Active participants

Like the observers, twelve active participants will also take part in the introduction to Estill Voice Training and group exercises. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to perform a song they have selected from the standard repertoire and receive personal coaching and expert feedback. The choices are God Bless the Child, All of Me, Autumn Leaves, Summertime or Blue Skies. Select your song when you book.


Saturday 11 June 2022 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm


Verdict Jazz Club, 159 Edward St, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 0JB


£120 (active participant)

£50 (observer)

How to register

Book online by clicking one of the links below:

About Estill Voice Training

Estill Voice Training (EVT) is a scientific, evidence-based system for vocal development. It is a life-changing approach that can help you become a stronger and more emotional performer by giving you effective tools to improve your craft. With EVT, simple everyday sounds are used to identify structures in the larynx and in the vocal tract (i.e. throat, mouth and nose). These are then trained in detail to give conscious, predictable and reliable control of your voice. 

About the trainers

Claire Martin OBE is a critically acclaimed Brighton-based jazz singer. She has won the British Jazz Awards 8 times and is a proud recipient of the BASCA Gold Badge Award for her contribution to songwriting. Claire has released 21 CDs and is currently working on her next album project, a collaboration with the American conductor and pianist Scott Dunn and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra celebrating the songs of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.

Stefan Holmström, MFA and Estill Master Trainer (EMT), is a professional opera singer and voice teacher. Following a career performing at Glyndebourne, Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park and as a member of the Phantom of the Opera Company at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, Stefan offers expert vocal training and workshops to a wide range of singers and speakers from his studio in central Brighton. 

About the accompanist

Mark Edwards is a British jazz pianist, keyboard player and producer. He has toured with, played on and/or produced albums for Aztec Camera (and Roddy Frame solo releases), Carleen Anderson, Paul Weller, Imogen Ryall & Katie Melua.

About the venue

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, The Verdict is Brighton's only purpose jazz club. It has been named as one of the 10 top jazz clubs in Europe by The Guardian.


Pay & display street parking is available nearby.


Unfortunately this venue is not accessible to wheelchair users. Access to the basement workshop space is via one flight of stairs. 


Light refreshments are included. Bring a packed lunch or pop out to one of the many shops or cafés nearby. 


If you have any questions, please contact Stefan.

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