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Adam Swayne


10 - 5PM


An opportunity for anyone to explore the human voice in all its facets, culminating in an informal performance at 4:30pm. Expect everything from opera to beatboxing and back again. You don't have to be able to read music. You don't even need a great singing voice! All you need is an open mind and a real sense of fun as we check out all the possibilities. This free workshop is open to all and will be led by the dynamic Adam Swayne, pianist, composer and musical director of CoMA Sussex and will also include sessions led by Charlotte Shorthouse (Estil Voice Practitioner) and Crawley-based Human Beatboxer Krystal Gob. PLEASE NOTE: That Lisa Swayne is no longer able to take part in the workshop.

PARTICIPATION IS FREE! Please email: info@soundwaves-festival.org.uk to tell us you are coming or just turn up on the day.

During the lunch break participants are invited to join the Voice Laboratory round table discussion ‘The Voice in Contemporary Culture’ (12 - 1PM). Please note lunch/refreshments cannot be provided.


Adam Swayne works with a vast range of musical media and styles that go beyond conventional labelling. He is just as at home giving a solo piano recital or conducting an orchestra as he is organising musical installations in art galleries or composing for amateur ensembles. He takes an inclusive, informative and innovative approach to his music making that is drawing an increasingly large audience.

Adam studied at the University of Manchester and the RNCM before completing his doctorate as a Fulbright Scholar in the USA. His principal teachers were Ursula Oppens, John Gough and John Casken. Alongside first class degrees he has been awarded several prizes for performance and the Sir Thomas Beecham Medal for all-round achievement in music.

He now combines his performing and composing work with lecturing at the University of Chichester and teaching at the Royal Academy of Music. He has received commissions for compositions funded by the Scottish Arts Council, Hope Scott Trust and Arts Council England through the National Lottery. His work has been featured in festivals and on BBC Television, and he has also performed at the BBC Proms and at London’s Purcell Room, St Martin in-the-Fields and St James’ Piccadilly. The Times described him as ‘a pianist of formidable technique and high intelligence’ and the Evening Standard as ‘an ideal blend of panache and subtlety’. He is Music Director for CoMA Sussex, recently directing them in a performance of Andriessen’s Workers Union at Brighton’s Concorde 2 in a ‘Music and Freedom’ event attended by Caroline Lucas MP.

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