"British Song through the Ages"

This Masterclass is intended for singers, soloists and choristers, male and female,
who wish to improve their technique and presentation skills.

Date: Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th November 2018
Venue: Friday and Saturday: St Mark's Church Hall, Guildford Road East, Farnborough, Hants GU14 6TU
Sunday: Wavell School, Lynchford Road, Farnborough, Hants, GU14 6BH. Room B1.4

Organiser: Christine Hayward



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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, she partnered Emma Kirkby in promoting early English music, and also with her duo partnerships with Michael Fields and Anthony Rooley has made 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. (She recently retired and lives in Wales).

She features on YouTube (see below), including duets accompanied by Michael Fields on lute: CV Cavatina In the gloaming with Emma Kirkby, Anthony Rooley I know that my redeemer liveth Come again with Emma Kirkby killing me softly Dido's lament, with Lute Scarborough Fair, with Michael Fields Purcell

Evelyn Tubb photo

Michael Fields

Michael Fields was born in Hawaii. 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 lute and classic guitar. His career as a performer (mainly lute and classic guitar), 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 in Eastbourne (where he now lives), 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. Biography CV Archlute As the lute delights

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. He features on YouTube, including playing his composition “Sweet Chance” published in “A Century of English Song". He has also published a book of songs, of which "Pot and Kettle" is on the Grade 6 Singing Syllabus. Composition: Sweet Chance Composition: Pot and Kettle: ABRSM Grade 6 Singing Syllabus 20

Clive Pollard Photo

Summary Notes:

  • This Masterclass will be limited to 10 singers
  • It is intended for solo singers. Applicants may be male or female.
  • Please don't be intimidated by the impressive CVs of our tutors. They are all friendly people. Speak to Christine if you wish.
  • The fee is £190.00 for the weekend, or by negotiation for less time than the full weekend.
  • Singers are requested to prepare in advance four songs to bring to the Masterclass. Duets can be included by arrangement.
  • Songs with lute, theorbo or guitar accompaniment are welcome, indeed encouraged, and provision will be made for separate rehearsal with Michael Fields before presenting to the group.
  • The Masterclass will commence at 7.00pm on the Friday evening with each singer invited to present one song. These presentations will be tutored.
  • The masterclass will consist of intensive work sessions of 15 minutes each singer, 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 The Wavell School at which each singer will perform to an audience of the other singers and guests.
  • Coffee, tea, light snacks, will be provided throughout the Masterclass. Sandwiches will be included at lunchtimes. A salad supper on the Saturday will be provided.
  • Observers are welcome, by arrangement, at the final concert
  • The masterclass will end at 4.00pm on the Sunday.


Friday Evening and all day Saturday: St Mark's Church Hall, Guildford Road East, Farnborough, Hants, GU14 6TU.
There is adequate off-street parking at the premises, and plenty of free street parking. Note: the road is one-way.
St Mark's Church Hall website
St Mark's Church Hall photo

All day Sunday: The Wavell School, Lynchford Road, Farnborough, Hants, GU14 6BH
The Wavell School is the largest secondary school in Farnborough, with an extensive tree-lined campus.
The Wavell School, website
The classroom used for the Masterclass
The Wavell School Site Plan
Plenty of on-site parking. Note: the road is a dual carriageway.

Additionally, some individual tutoring may take place at 27 Guildford Road West (the home of the organiser).

See local street plan below and map below and here.
All the locations are in the same area, within a few hundred yards.

Accommodation Nearby hotels, motels, guesthouses. We can advise.

The North Camp area, Farnborough, is also a good place for shops, cafes etc

By bus and rail
No1 bus from Aldershot/Camberley travels along Alexandra Road, 10 minute service.
Rail from Waterloo to Farnborough Main Station, 30 minute service. Then taxi or No 1 bus (every 10 mins) direction Aldershot. Get off at St Marks Church.
Rail from Reading/Guildford to North Camp Station, 1 hour service. Half hour walk or taxi.
We can provide free pick-up service to/from stations, phone 0776-295-000 or 0771-867-9245.



The fee for the Masterclass is £190 for the weekend, inclusive of light refreshements. Please apply on the Application Form below and send by post or e-mail attachment. Payment may be made by cheque, credit card or Paypal. Your choice of songs should be submitted at the same time.

Application Form


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

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


Christine met Wynford Evans at the Charterhouse Summer School for Musicians, and later took lessons with him, and also attended his singing masterclasses. Later she began to organise masterclasses for him in the Farnborough area. The third masterclass was already organised but was cancelled following his untimely death. His students continue to deeply mourn his loss. Christine decided to carry on organising Masterclasses as a service to singers. To hear Wynford Evans singing, click here: "While there's a song to sing."

Date: February 2008. Organiser: Christine Hayward. Tutor: Wynford Evans. Accompanist: Stephen Rose

Date: July 2008. Organiser: Christine Hayward. Tutor: Wynford Evans. Accompanist: Stephen Rose

Date: March 2015. Joint Organisers: Christine Hayward, Keith Owen. Tutors: Dr Haydn James, Annabel Thwaite. Accompanist: Michael Wallace

This 2018 Masterclass is to some degree an experiment. If we find there is a need for it in this area, and it is successful, then we will do it again next year.