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Vocal Studies

Here you can watch videos made by students from Chetham’s School of Music as they play and discuss their chosen instrument from the Vocal department.

Bass Baritone Voice

The bass baritone is the lowest male voice type.  As a bass singer, you can participate in choirs singing music from throughout history, or you can perform theatre productions like opera or musicals. 

Below is further information on the Bass-Baritone Voice. These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Remember that nothing aids progress more than an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and there is no substitute for practice. When choosing a teacher always check qualifications, references, DBS checks and consider a trial lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their approach and ensure you have fun learning your chosen instrument.

Bass voice facts for kids

Bass vocal range 

National Association of Choirs
The National Association of Choirs is an organisation with the aim of promoting choral music across the UK. They provide help and assistance to member choirs, of which there are in excess of 750 choirs all around the UK. If you would like to find a choir local to you, see the Choirs link. 

Tips for Young Bass Singers 

BBC Learn to Sing: Find Your Voice 

Opera 101

The 8 Singing Voice Types: Find Out Yours Here!   

Musicians that inspire us:

Bryn Terfel
Roderick Williams

Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music-making in the UK

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well! 

 

Tenor Voice

The tenor is the second-lowest male voice type.  As a tenor singer, you can participate in choirs singing music from throughout history, or you can perform in theatre productions like opera or musicals. 

Below is further information on the Tenor Voice. These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Tenor voice facts for kids  

National Association of Choirs
The National Association of Choirs is an organisation with the aim of promoting choral music across the UK. They provide help and assistance to member choirs, of which there are in excess of 750 choirs all around the UK. If you would like to find a choir local to you, see the Choirs link. 

Career Tips for Opera Singers 

BBC Learn to Sing: Find Your Voice

Opera 101

The 8 Singing Voice Types: Find Out Yours Here!

Musicians that inspire us:

Ian Bostridge
Jonas Kaufmann
Pavarotti – 15 Facts You Didn’t Know About Him
Fritz Wunderlich
Juan Diego Florez

Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music-making in the UK

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well! 

 

Alto Voice

The alto is the second-highest voice type. Alto voices are high and clear.  As an alto singer, you can participate in choirs singing music from throughout history, or you can perform in theatre productions like opera or musicals. 

Below is further information on the Alto Voice. These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Alto voice facts for kids

National Association of Choirs
The National Association of Choirs is an organisation with the aim of promoting choral music across the UK. They provide help and assistance to member choirs, of which there are in excess of 750 choirs all around the UK. If you would like to find a choir local to you, see the Choirs link. 

7 Tips on How To Keep Your Singing Voice Healthy

BBC Learn to Sing: Find Your Voice

Voice classification, are you a soprano, mezzo or alto?

Famous alto singers 

Musicians that inspire us:

Janet Baker 
Kathleen Ferrier
Elgar – Sea Pictures Op. 37
Northumbrian Folk Song (English Traditional) Blow the Wind Southerly 

Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music-making in the UK 

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well! 

 

Soprano Voice

The soprano is the highest female voice type.  There are many types of sopranos such as coloratura soprano, lyric soprano and the soubrette, which differ in vocal agility, vocal weight, timbre, and voice quality.  All sopranos can sing higher notes with ease. As a soprano singer you can participate in choirs singing music from throughout history, or you can perform in theatre productions like opera or musicals. 

Below is further information on the Soprano Voice. These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Soprano voice facts for kids 

National Association of Choirs 
The National Association of Choirs is an organisation with the aim of promoting choral music across the UK. They provide help and assistance to member choirs, of which there are in excess of 750 choirs all around the UK. If you would like to find a choir local to you, see the Choirs link. 

5 Important Tips for Soprano Singers to Keep in Mind  

BBC Learn to Sing: Find Your Voice  

Opera 101

Classic FM’s 15 absolute greatest sopranos of all time  

Musicians that inspire us:

Maria Callas 
Barbara Bonney
Anna Netrebko
Joyce DiDonato
Aida Garifullina 

Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music making in the UK

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well!

 

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