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How To Be Yourself In Audition

24th June 2015 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


In collaboration with Arlene Rolph, Director of Your Song Studios.

Audition is the job interview of the performing arts world. Never is it more important to show who you are and what you can do. But it’s also the thing performers dread the most. This one day workshop will give you all the tools you need to help you shine at your next audition. From the latest tools in stress control to how to prepare and present yourself to your best, you’ll feel fully confident the next time you appear in front of a panel.

You will learn how to:

  • Understand and work with your nervous system to control the symptoms of stress
  • Do the right preparation for the right job so you can show what you know
  • Make the first three minutes of the audition count so you make the best first impression

Casting directors tell us that for them the voice is a given. What they want to see in audition is the real you so they can assess if you fit into their company. Let us show you how to find the real you and be in the best position to share it, in what is arguably one of the most stressful situations we find ourselves in as performers. We’ve had years of experience on both sides of the audition fence. We’d love to share what we know with you.

There will be an opportunity for some participants to work with us in front of the group, so please come dressed for an audition and bring your favourite audition piece – song or aria.

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Meet the Experts

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Darren Abrahams is a singer, coach and teacher. He has appeared in opera all around the world and has sung for such companies as the ROH, ENO, Wexford Festival and Teatro Comunale di Bologna. As a coach he helps people find out who they are and how they fit in the world so they can stop resisting the life they’ve always wanted. He is the creator of many programmes designed to expand the potential of individuals and groups and works internationally as a facilitator and project leader in the fields of creativity, music and trauma, arts and community, social entrepreneurship and personal development. His passion is to reconnect people with themselves so they can live consciously creative, connected lives.


Singing Entrepreneur Arlene Rolph trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. Her international operatic engagements include performances at Frankfurt Oper, Berlin Staatsoper, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Welsh National Opera, Theater an der Wein and Scottish Opera. Concert performances include Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, St Johns Smith Square. Arlene has premiered many new works with Music Theatre Wales, Scottish Opera, ROH2 Covent Garden and at the Istanbul Festival. She co-founded the contemporary opera company NOISE in Scotland, co-founded and is director of The Singing Entrepreneur and has coached singers in schools, conservatoires and universities nationally. Dedicated to continued support and education for singers she now runs her own practice Your Song Studio which provides world class mentorship to aspiring singers of all ages in one to one coaching, workshops and courses nationally. She works actively as a teacher in schools in Sussex and Kent and collaborates with high end vocal specialists to provide continued development for professional singers in a series of workshops at the National Opera Studio.


Lyndall Dawson trained as a repetiteur at the Guildhall and the National Opera Studio. She has worked for numerous opera and theatre companies in the UK and abroad, amongst them, BBC Proms, Opera Holland Park, ENO, ETO, Buxton Festival, Maria Callas Grand Prix and Sessions Strauss. She has performed on live and recorded television and radio in both the UK (BBC2/ C4/ Radio 3) and Australia (ABC/ 2MBS-FM/ Channel 9). Lyndall has also been a musical director for a diverse range of productions for cruise lines, chamber ensembles and conservatoire projects. She is currently Acting Head of Music at Mountview Academy where she works as a musical director, coach, tutor and mentor, training young actors and musical directors for the industry.


24th June 2015
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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The National Opera Studio
The Clore Building, 2 Chapel Yard
London , SW18 4HZ United Kingdom
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