"British Song through the ages"

These masterclasses are intended for singers, soloists and choristers, male and female, who wish to improve their technique and presentation skills.

The next Masterclass is:

Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th November 2018



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The tutors are:

Evelyn Tubb

Evelyn Tubb has been hailed by critics as "one of the few truly outstanding sopranos of her generation", attracting world-wide admiration for innovative and adventurous performances which breathe life and character into both familiar and forgotten songs. After spending her formative years on the Isle of Wight, Evelyn studied at the Guildhall School of Music.As a member of the Consort of Musicke, and in her duo partnerships with Michael Fields and Anthony Rooley, Evelyn has made dozens of recordings and given concerts and broadcasts around the world. Her inspiring teaching is widely recognised and she is much in demand for courses world-wide, as well as being Professor of Singing at the Scola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland. When not flying around the world, she loves creative cooking!

Evelyn Tubb photo

Michael Fields

Michael Fields was born in Hawaii, with the song of the surf and the rhythm of ukeleles making a lasting impression on him. He began his musical journey playing folk, rock and jazz in California and Australia, until a romantic interest in older music brought him to England in 1974 to study classical guitar and lute. His career as a performer, director and teacher has since taken him back around the world several times, and has led to many rewarding and interesting collaborations along the way. He is the musical director of two choirs and of Finland's leading early music festival, Sastamala Gregoriana. He teaches at Westminster School and Eastbourne College and was a tutor for many years at Dartington Summer School and AIMS in Eastbourne.

Michael Fields Photo

Clive Pollard

Clive Pollard studied Piano at the Royal College of Music, and later at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest with Ferenc Rados (the teacher of András Schiff). He won a scholarship to enable him to study Lieder Accompaniment at the Hochschule Mozarteum in Salzburg. Clive played regularly for the BBC Radio 4 programme “Singing Together” before working as a repetiteur for Pavilion Opera, Icelandic Opera (Reykjavík), the Royal Ballet Company and Northern Ballet Theatre. He has worked as Staff Accompanist at the Académie de Musique de Sion in Switzerland, and more recently at the AIMS International Music School and Dartington International Summer School. Clive is based in London, where he accompanies and coaches singers on the Art Song repertoire.

Clive Pollard Photo


Christine Hayward. Singer and entertainer.

Summary Notes:

  • This Masterclass will be limited to 10 singers
  • It is intended for competent solo singers. Applicants may be male or female.
  • The deadline for Applications is 1st September
  • The fee is £190.00 terms for details.
  • Singers are requested to prepare in advance five songs to bring to the Masterclass. Duets can be included by arrangement.
  • The masterclass will consist of intensive work sessions on Saturday morning and afternoon, and Sunday morning.
  • Singers are encouraged to learn from the Masterclasses sessions of the other singers
  • A concert will be presented on Sunday afternoon at which each singer will perform to an audience of the other singers and guests.
  • Coffee, tea, light snacks, sandwiches and light supper will be included.
  • Observers are welcome, by arrangement, at the final concert


British Legion Club
51 Cambridge Road Est, Farnborough, Hants, GU14 6QB
There is a large concert room, and a separate bar complete with food counter and chef. The bar and food prices are very reasonable and the quality is very good. The club is well equipped with diabled facilities, toilets ets.

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Typical bar menue (to be added)

Map (to be added)

Plenty of street parking nearby

By Rail
Christine's husband Keith is happy to collect those travelling by train from the nearby rail stations (Farnborough Main, which is the main line to London, Waterloo, and North Camp which is the line from Guildford/Reading).


To follow. The schedule will comprise each student being tutored for 15 minutes, with the other students watching. Each student on the course will receive three such Masterclasses. The theme is "British Songs through the ages", but this does not include "pop" songs. On the Friday evening after a light supper each person will be asked to sing a short song as an introduction - these will not be tutored.


To follow. The fee for the Masterclass is £190 for the weekend, inclusive of light refreshements and snack meals. Please apply on the application form and send by post or e-mail attachment. A non-returnable deposit of £30 is payable at the time of acceptance. Payment may be made by cheque, credit card or Paypal. The deadline for applications is 1st September 2018, at which time your choice of songs must be submitted. Songs with lute/theorbo/guitar accompaniment are especially welcome, and a small room is allocated for rehearsal of such items with Michael before presenting to the group.


Christine Hayward, 27 Guildford Road West, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 6PS.

Tel 01252-514421
Mobile: 0771-867-9245 and 0776-295-0000.

Background to these Masterclasses

Christine has attended singing masterclasses at Charterhouse, West Dean College and Jackdaws Education Trust,and has worked with tutors who are willing to come to Farnborough to run weekend courses. She feels priveleged to have this team in November 2018 because they regularly work together, and their expertise and enthusiasm have inspired many singers over the years.