Ever fancied taking part in a reality show like The X-Factor or Pop Idol, but never had the confidence? Here’s your chance.
Wannabe singers are being encouraged to find their voice and take part a singing weekend at Barton Hall, Kettering, in January.
Find Your Voice is being run by former Jesus Christ Superstar TV finalist Jon Moses alongside Dr Ria Keen, who is one of the UK’s leading vocal doctors.
Jon, who lives in Market Harborough, said: “The weekend will be pure indulgence, while learning in a creative environment.
“It’s a really exciting opportunity, and is open to anyone who loves to sing and would like to learn and progress his or her skills with professional guidance within a group. Singers, teachers, vocal professional and amateurs are all welcome.”
Durham-born Jon is due to compere our sister magazine Image’s Snow Ball at the end of November. He recently returned from performing in Japan and Kuala Lumpur and runs lots of corporate gigs through his company, Lamore.
He reached the finals of ITV’s Jesus Christ Superstar, judged by Andrew Lloyd-Webber, and went on to play Jesus in the musical at Gloucester Cathedral with a 100-piece orchestra.
Described as the Billy Elliott of the north-east when he was growing up, Jon says he could sing before he could talk and sings all kinds of music from pop to classical crossover.
“I fell into my career kind of by accident really,” he explained. “I had done all sorts of jobs from bar manager to IT manager then one day just thought I’d had enough, so took a plane to Majorca where I went into a karoake bar for a cold beer. I got up and sang and the bar manager offered me a job as a singer on the spot, so I stayed for the summer.
“Then, three-a-and-half years ago, my dad and sister put me up for ITV’s Jesus Christ Superstar series, where they were trying to find some to play Jesus on an arena tour of the UK. I kept getting through all the stages until I was in the final five and being flown out to Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s house in Majorca. He was lovely and really personable; as well as being incredibly intelligent.
“I have been so lucky in my career because, apart from vocal training, I have had no formal training in acting. That’s why I am called the Billy Elliott of the north-east because I have found my way into this line of business . . . though I can’t dance!”
The singing weekend will be co-run by Dr Ria Keen, who has worked with Jon before. She nursed him from having laryngitis to being able to sing the notoriously complex vocal, Gethsemane, in less than 24 hours.
Find Your Voice has 56 places available and will finish with a prestigious gala evening complemented by a three-course meal and performance from Jon himself. And he will be inviting the residents of the weekend on stage as well.
For more information or to request a brochure email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0208 123 7506.