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Past Events

The Voice Within - Singing WorkshopMarch 29th, 2020

There appears to be a division in this world. Those who singing is for, and those who believe they cannot sing. But the truth is everyone has a voice! And all it really takes is a little bit of courage to unearth that.

For many of us, developing a singing voice has focussed a lot on vocal technique, breathing, posture and producing a particular vocal sound. However, there is so much more to our instrument and our ability to use it freely and authentically, and intricately getting to know our instrument and celebrating the gift we have been given is a big part of that! 

As the first workshop in a fun and interactive series, The Voice Within explores the many colours and facades of the human voice and what it really takes to be a ‘great’ singer. 

Focussing on emotional expression, placement and delivery, we aim to instil singers with a better understanding of their instrument through active participation and demonstration in a fun and creative manner.

Through themes of community, belonging and trust, we strive to equip singers with the courage and security to give life to their voice and a greater sense of purpose, vision, direction and belief on which to spread their wings.

Taking place on Sunday the 29th of March at 2pm, this workshop is open to  singers of all levels and abilities as well as those who are keen to learn more about the voice within.

The cost of participant is just €10 and can be booked directly at the studio or online using the link below.

Looking forward to seeing you there! 

Dr Caren Hession

Developing Minds, Developing Voices



The Green Room PartyJanuary 11th, 2020

 So we promised to change things up this year, and here it is!!

For the FIRST TIME EVER Mad About The Voice Ireland will be proudly presenting our GREEN ROOM PARTY where a selection of singers from Mad About The Voice Ireland will be taking to the stage and facing one of their most exciting and challenging opportunities to date!

Taking place on Saturday the 11th of January at 9.30pm in The Porter House in Oranmore (downstairs, on the main stage), our singers will be teaming up with a full house band to provide Saturday Night entertainment to weekend party goers, on their night out! A real live gig, in front of a real live audience!

Singers will be entertaining the crowd from 10pm to 12.30am on the night of the 11th so do pop in and show your support!

As always, it promises to be a night of great music, great singing and of course, great company!

We will also be holding a raffle on the night in aid of The Alzheimer Society Of Ireland so every little helps!

Entry to this event is FREE!


An Evening Of Christmas CarolsDecember 15th, 2019

This December, Mad About The Voice Ireland and RISE Choir are teaming up to deliver An Evening Of Christmas Carols in aid of The Alzheimer Society Of Ireland.

Taking place on Sunday the 15th of December at 6.30pm in The Loft, Seven Bridgestreet, our singers will be getting you all in the festive spirit with their rendition of some fabulous Christmas Classics as well as their infectious energy and good cheer!

With raffles, prizes, surprises and more, this family friendly event promises to be yet another very special and enjoyable evening, and all in aid of a very worthy cause!

Doors open at 6pm with a fundraiser entry of just €10. Children under 12yr are FREE.

Music by the stunning Eilis O'Neill!

Looking forward to seeing you there!!!


Ultimate Artists - Artist Development ProgrammeAugust 9th, 2019

Ultimate Artists is an Artist Development Programme with a passion for nurturing talent, cultivating artistry and fostering self-belief. This ten day experience (running from the 9th to the 18th of August 2019) will provide aspiring artists with an unrivaled platform to learn, network and develop a 360 degree skill set in the key disciplines of artist development, as required by today's ever-changing and competitive Music Industry.

Working alongside some of leading mentors in the Industry, whose current clients include Rita Ora, Rihanna, Sia, Little Mix, Louisa Johnson, JP Cooper, Dyo, Fleur East, Will.I.Am and David Guetta, Ultimate Artists will coach you in the areas of Singing, Song Writing, Production and Performance.

For more information visit: https://www.ultimateartists.co.uk/


Summer Student ShowcaseJuly 21st, 2019

Our Summer Student Showcase will be taking place on Sunday the 21st of July at 6pm in the elegent G Suite of The G Hotel - a luxurious 5 star hotel located at the entrance of Galway City. Here, our singers will be backed by a FULL LIVE HOUSE BAND, delivering a spectacluar show to inspire and enlighten you!! This professional event provides an important platform for their artistic growth and a memorable evening for family and friends to witness a milestone in their journey!

With guest performers RISE Choir, MC Rob Partridge, raffle, prizes, surprises and more, this is one event not to be missed!!!!

Doors opening at 6pm!


Feeling The Beat - Tempo & Timing with Heathcliffe BalzanMarch 29th, 2019

Have you ever thought about developing your vocal talents into a singing career? Well, now you can!!!

Teaming up with accomplished pianist, composer and leader of one of Malta's most sought-after Wedding and Entertainment Bands Heathcliffe Balzan, our Green Room Sessions are BACK!!!

The key to a successful performance from any singer is a good musical foundation and this month Heathcliffe is going to deliver just that!

Delving into the world of tempo and timing, Heathcliffe, alongside our trusty house band, is going to teach singers how to get the most out of their performance with some simple tips on how to feel and hear the beat, thereby creating more unity between themselves and their accompaniment! 

If you are looking to improve your confidence and performance skills, connect a little more with the band and your target audience, enjoy and explore repertoire you wouldn’t normally consider, make a song your own and delve into the in's and outs of life as a corporate singer, then this event is for you!  

Providing a rich, supportive and nurturing platform for singers to develop their performance skills, our Green Room Sessions performance workshop will be taking place on Friday the 29th of March at 8.30pm in The Porter House in Oranmore!

As part of the workshop, each participant will be pre-allocated a song and invited to deliver that song live on stage from 9.30pm, in front of a relaxed and intimate audience of family and friends!

Book now to be part of this incredible experience and learn some valuable performance skills!!!

Our band is waiting for YOU!!

Please note that places are limited for this event!


Green Room SessionsJanuary 25th, 2019

Have you ever thought about developing your vocal talents into a singing career? Well, now you can!!!

Teaming up with accomplished pianist, composer and leader of one of Malta's most sought-after Wedding and Entertainment Bands Heathcliffe Balzan, our Green Room Sessions are BACK!!!

If you are looking to improve your confidence and performance skills, connect a little more with your target audience, enjoy and explore repertoire you wouldn’t normally consider and delve into the in's and outs of life as a corporate singer, then this event is for you!  

Providing a rich, supportive and nurturing platform for singers to develop their performance skills, our Green Room Sessions will be taking place on Friday the 25th of January at 9.30pm in The Porter House in Oranmore!

As part of the event, each participant will be pre-allocated a song and invited to deliver that song live on stage, in front of a relaxed and intimate audience of family and friends!

Why not dive outside your comfort zone this January and be part of this incredible experience!

Our band is waiting for YOU!!

 

Please note that places are limited for this event!


Christmas Student ShowcaseDecember 16th, 2018

Our Christmas Student Showcase will be taking place on Sunday the 16th of December at 6.30pm (Sharp) in the elegent G Suite of The G Hotel - a luxurious 5 star hotel located at the entrance of Galway City. Here, our singers will be backed by a FULL LIVE HOUSE BAND, delivering a spectacluar show to inspire and enlighten you!! This professional event provides an important platform for their artistic growth and a memorable evening for family and friends to witness a milestone in their journey!

With raffle, prizes, surprises and more, this is one event not to be missed!!!!

Doors opening at 6pm! Show starts at 6.30pm sharp!


ReJig Your Gig with Joshua AlamuNovember 18th, 2018

Hold onto your hats!!! Joshua Alamu is back!!!! And this time he is delivering an absolutely insane LIVE BAND PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP!!

London's most sought after Industry Vocal Coach Joshua Alamu (currently vocal coach to Rita Ora, JP Cooper, Little Mix, Emmi, Fleur East, Louisa Johnson, Moss Kena, Raye and many more) will be coaching singers on the more performative aspects of singing and self-expression with his HUGELY SUCCESSFUL and EXCLUSIVE Rejig Your Gig Workshop!

The premise of this workshop is that singers will be asked to prepare one of four pre selected popular songs and perform it with a live band. The band on the other hand will have rearranged these songs in various genres (ie.jazz, pop, rock, reggae etc) unbeknownst to the singer!

Get ready to be pushed outside your comfort zone!! This LIVE PERFORMANCE workshop will be EPIC!Closing date to book your place is Wednesday the 31st of October!


The Green Room Band Session - Live Acoustic PerformanceNovember 9th, 2018

Mad About The Voice Ireland is delighted to launch our NEW Green Room Band Sessions! Taking place on Friday the 9th of November at 9.15pm, at The Porter House in Oranmore (in the upstairs function room), our Green Room Sessions offer a relaxed evening of live acoustic music, vocal talent and entertainment, free of charge!

Featuring a selection of Galway's up and coming singers, our fabulous RISE Choir and accomplished pianist, composer and leader of one of Malta's most sought-after Wedding and Entertainment Bands Heathcliffe Balzan, as well as our trusty showcase musicians, this event aims to provide a platform for local talent and bring live music into the heart of the Oranmore community, providing a welcomed change to your typical Friday night!

Hope to see you there! Your friendly support would be much appreciated!


Repertoire, Performance and Corporate SingingNovember 9th, 2018

Have you ever dreamed about developing your vocal talents into a singing career? Well now you can!!!

Teaming up with accomplished pianist, composer and leader of one of Malta's most sought-after Wedding and Entertainment Bands Heathcliffe Balzan, we are offering an incredible workshop on Repertoire, Performance and an Introduction To Corporate Singing on Friday the 9th of November at 7.30pm in the Porter House in Oranmore, dedicated to singers who are keen to learn the tools of the trade as a performing singer on stage and potentially establish themselves in Ireland's corporate music scene.

As part of the workshop, each participant will be pre-allocated a song and will be invited to put their new skills into practice during a live performance from 9.30pm, in front of a relaxed and intimate audience of family and friends!If you are looking to improve your confidence and performance skills, connect a little more with your target audience, enjoy and explore repertoire you wouldn’t normally consider and delve into the in’s and out’s of life as a corporate singer, then this is the workshop for you!

Places are limited for this event! The closing date to book your place is October 31st!


Summer Student ShowcaseJuly 1st, 2018

This year our Summer Student Showcase will be pulling out all the stops! Taking place on Sunday the 1st of July at 6pm in the elegant G Suite of The G Hotel - a luxurious 5 Star Hotel located at the entrance of Galway City, our singers will be backed by a FULL LIVE HOUSE BAND and delivering a spectacular show aimed to inspire and enlighten you!!

Featuring a selection of our incredibly talented Mad About The Voice Ireland and Spiritus Studios singers, this professional event provides an important platform for our singers' artistic growth and a memorable evening for family and friends to witness a milestone in their journey!

With guest performers RISE Gospel Choir, raffle, prizes, surprises and more, this event is not to be missed!!!!!

The entry fee for this event is just €10 (with children under 12 going FREE) and is aimed as a fundraiser to support our Industry Mentorship Programme!

Hope to see you there!

Dr Caren Hession
Developing Minds, Developing Voices


Peak Performance Mindset WorkshopApril 22nd, 2018

Ever wonder how Beyoncé and all the other greats do it? NOW is your chance to find out!

For the first time ever, Psychologist Alison Talbot-Brady and Life Coach Elizabeth Harrison have teamed up to present an uplifting and transformational workshop entitled ‘Peak Performance’ as part of Mad About The Voice Ireland’s Industry Mentorship Programme.

Taking place on Sunday the 22nd of April at 2pm at St. Michael’s Boys School in Mervue, Galway, this workshop aims to motivate and inspire positive, goal orientated action through research led techniques and exercises, to maximise potential and achieve desired results.

Whether your goals are personally or professionally driven, our coaches will give you the tools necessary for growth and transformational action, both inside and out!

In this workshop you will learn:

-          to develop World Champion Mental Practice techniques to improve confidence and resilience

-          how to activate your own positive mental attitude

-          to visualise and achieve the future you want

-          the importance of Mindfulness and self-compassion in reducing fear, stress and anxiety

-          the act of kindness as a source of strength

-          to recognise and manage negative self-talk and limiting self-beliefs

The cost of attending this workshop is just €25 and is open to all those who wish to learn more about instilling change in their life. Places for this event are limited and are offered on a first come, first serve basis. To book your place, please click the link below.

For more information, please email info@carenhession.com!


Christmas Student ShowcaseDecember 10th, 2017

Our Christmas Student Showcase will be taking place on Sunday the 10th of December at 6.30pm (Sharp) on the Main Stage at Monroe's Live - an award-winning prestigious music venue in the heart of Galway's West End, where for the FIRST TIME EVER our singers will be backed by a FULL LIVE HOUSE BAND!! This professional event provides an important platform for their artistic growth and a memorable evening for family and friends to witness a milestone in their journey!

With raffle, prizes, surprises and more, this is one event not to be missed!!!!

Doors opening at 6pm!


Rejig Your Gig with Joshua AlamuOctober 15th, 2017

Hold onto your hats!!! Joshua Alamu is back!!!! And this time he is delivering an absolutely insane LIVE BAND PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP!!

Taking place on Sunday the 15th of October from 12 to 4pm (venue to be confirmed), London's most sought after Industry Vocal Coach Joshua Alamu (currently vocal coach to JP Cooper, Little Mix, Emmi, Fleur East, Louisa Johnson, Moss Kena, Raye and many more) will be coaching singers on the more performative aspects of singing and self-expression with his HUGELY SUCCESSFUL and EXCLUSIVE Rejig Your Gig Workshop! 

The premise of this workshop is that singers will be asked to prepare one of two pre selected popular songs and perform it with a live band. The band on the other hand will have rearranged these songs in various genres (ie.jazz, pop, rock, reggae etc) unbeknownst to the singer! 

During the workshop, Joshua will be teaching singers the art of improvisation, 'feeling' your way through a song and learning to take control and command the band live on the stage - thereby helping you to create and deliver a unique, memorable and authentic vocal experience for you and your audience!

The cost of attending this hands-on live performance workshop is just €45. Joshua has chosen two songs for this event 1) Crazy by Gnarles Barkley and 2) Greedy by Ariana Grande! ALL attendees are required to learn at least one of these songs by heart, but remember, the band has rearranged these songs into various genres for you! 

Get ready to be pushed outside your comfort zone!! This event is going to be EPIC!! Please note that places for this event will be limited and are offered on a first come, first serve basis. Places can be booked through our online booking system via the link below! The closing date to register for this workshop is Sunday the 8th of October. 


Ultimate Artists - Artist Development ProgrammeAugust 11th, 2017

Ultimate Artists is an Artist Development Programme with a passion for nurturing talent, cultivating artistry and fostering self-belief. This ten day experience (running from the 11th to the 20th of August) will provide aspiring artists with an unrivaled platform to learn, network and develop a 360 degree skill set in the key disciplines of artist development, as required by today's ever-changing and competitive Music Industry.

Working alongside some of leading mentors in the Industry, whose current clients include Rihanna, Sia, Little Mix, Louisa Johnson, JP Cooper, Dyo, Fleur East, Will.I.Am and David Guetta, Ultimate Artists will coach you in the areas of Singing, Song Writing, Production and Performance.

For more information visit: https://www.ultimateartists.co.uk/


Summer Student ShowcaseJuly 9th, 2017

It's that time of year again.... our SUMMER STUDENT SHOWCASE featuring singers from Mad About The Voice Ireland and Spiritus Studios!!

Taking place in The Loft at Seven Bridge Street, Galway City, on Sunday the 9th of July at 6.30pm, this event sets to celebrate the hard work and dedication of a selection of our incredibly talented MATVI and SS singers!

With lots of raffles prizes up for grabs and as always, a truly memorable evening planned - our Summer Showcase is definitely one not to be missed!!!

The entry fee for this event is just €5 (with children under 12 going FREE) and is aimed as a fundraiser to support our Industry Mentorship Events!

Hope to see you there!

Dr Caren Hession
Developing Minds, Developing Voices


The Art Of Emotional Connection & StorytellingApril 9th, 2017

Never before has the world of Musical Theatre and Popular Music been so intertwined with the art of Storytelling being integral across all genres. With this in mind, I am delighted to announce that Mad About The Voice Ireland's next Industry Mentorship Event is with none other than West End duo Richard Halton (former Phantom of the Opera) and Julie Gossage. 

Taking place on Sunday the 9th of April from 1pm to 5.30pm at The Loft in Seven Bridgestreet (Galway City), our Musical Theatre King and Queen will be conducting a unique and invigorating workshop on 'The Art of Emotional Connection and Storytelling'.

With a combined 40yrs of international teaching experience, in addition to performing over 40 principal roles with all the major British Opera companies, Julie and Richard will coach singers on the performative aspects of singing, 'connecting to the text' and delivering the emotion of a song with precision and authenticity, regardless of whether you are a musical theatre fanatic or more of a popular singer.

The cost of attending this event is €25 per person and must be paid in advance. Singers also have the opportunity to participate in 'Your Twenty Minutes' where they can work directly with the coaches on a song of their choice during the workshop. The cost of participating in this option is €35 per person, however places are limited therefore early registration is advised.

Tickets may be purchased through our online booking system outlined below or directly at the studio.


Christmas Student ShowcaseDecember 11th, 2016

We are truly delighted to announce our second Mad About The Voice Ireland and Spiritus Studios Showcase!!

Taking place in The Loft at Seven Bridge Street, Galway City, on Sunday the 11th of December at 6pm, this event sets to celebrate the hard work and dedication of a selection of our incredibly talented MATVI and SS singers!

With lots of raffles prizes up for grabs and a VERY SPECIAL SURPRISE in store - our Christmas Showcase is definitely one not to be missed!!!

The entry fee for this event is just €5 (with children under 12 going FREE) and is aimed as a fundraiser to support our Industry Mentorship Events!

Hope to see you there!


Stage Performance & Charisma WorkshopNovember 7th, 2016

It is with great pleasure that we announce yet another Mad About The Voice Ireland Industry Mentorship Event! Taking place on Monday the 7th of November from 7pm to 9.30pm at The Loft in Seven Bridgestreet (Galway City), International Vocal Performer Randolph Matthews will be conducting a very unique and invigorating workshop on Stage Performance, Charisma and Creative Voice.

As an outstanding performer, vocal explorer, composer and story teller, Randolph has earned a world class reputation for his distinct craft, soulful sound and transferable energy. As such, this intensive workshop will focus on the art of creative communication, vocal charisma, artistic freedom, stage presence and audience engagement.

Following the workshop, Randolph will be heading to the Cellar Bar on Eglinton St, where he will join the PLAY house band at 10pm to open their Monday night sessions. As one of the only full live backing band open mic's in Galway City, workshop attendees will also be welcome to perform, along with PLAY's regular house singers*.

The cost of attending this event is €25 per person and must be paid in advance. Tickets may be purchased through our online booking system outlined below or directly at the studio.


The Conscious Singer Workshop with Dr Caren HessionSeptember 8th, 2016


Our First Student ShowcaseJuly 6th, 2016

We are truly delighted to announce our FIRST EVER Mad About The Voice Ireland and Spiritus Studios Showcase!!

Taking place in The Loft at Seven Bridge Street, Galway City, on Wednesday the 6th of July at 7pm, this event sets to celebrate the hard work and dedication of a selection of our incredibly talented MATVI and SS singers!

Opening by Industry Vocal Coach Joshua Alamu (whose current clients include Fleur East, Little Mix, J.P. Cooper and The Voice), we have no doubt this will be a memorable evening so please come down and support us!

The entry fee for this event is just €5 (with children under 12 going FREE) and is aimed as a fundraiser to support our Industry Mentorship Events!

Hope to see you there!


How Music Helps Us LearnFebruary 13th, 2016

Galway Researcher Dr Caren Hession, who recently completed a PhD investigating the effects of an Audio Visual Approach to Equine Therapy on the social, emotional and cognitive development of children with special needs, is conducting a FREE workshop on 'How Music Helps Us Learn' at the Athenry Music School on Saturday the 13th of February at 2pm.

The workshop, which is open to all members of the public in particular parents, children, music enthusiasts and educators - will explore the role of Music and Singing on the Child Development.


Rhythm & Beat Workshop for Children with Special Needs with Dr Caren HessionMay 17th, 2015


Artistic Development with Joshua AlamuMay 17th, 2015


Unlocking Your Potential - Motivational Talk with Joshua AlamuMarch 22nd, 2015


Exploring Improvisation and Vocal Technique Workshop with Joshua AlamuDecember 14th, 2014


Delving into Vocal Style Workshop with Joshua AlamuNovember 9th, 2014


Vocal Style and Performance Two Day Intensive Workshop with Joshua AlamuOctober 4th, 2014


Introduction to Vocal Style Two Day Intensive Workshop with Joshua AlamuJune 7th, 2014