Course overview



Come and explore soul, jazz and gospel music, build your confidence, experience the joy of singing, find your voice and develop your singing skills in a safe, enjoyable and creative atmosphere with others.

The challenge which Brenda introduces in this course is to bring your most authentic self to every lesson. Coupled with the breadth of the course (soul, gospel and jazz) this was a great opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone and Brenda and Will do an amazing job of creating a safe environment to practice improvisation and experiment with different sounds and techniques.   


To avoid disappointment, please book your place on the course 72 hours prior to its commencement.

This is a fun, practical, in-person workshop for singers of all styles with some previous singing experience who wish to develop skills that are fundamental to being a musician/singer and explore the practicalities of singing a selection of set repertoire from all music styles including Gospel, Neo Soul, Pop, and Jazz.

You will be encouraged to take vocal risks in a safe space, receive positive feedback from peers, and guidance from the course tutor on technical ways to approach vocal challenges. It is a practical course that has very little theory. The emphasis is on letting go of inhibitions experimenting vocally, rediscovering your voice, and singing with confidence.

By the end of this course singers will be able to:

  • Sing Expressively, authentically with confidence
  • Use dynamics, improve their breathing technique and phrasing
  • Understand the structure of the music that they are singing, have a deeper level of understanding about the artists origin, delivery and why they chose to write the song.

You will also learn to feel more comfortable/confident with the process of taking risks, discovering and owning your voice, and totally be yourself in performance.



Goldsmiths offers a 15% concession rate on short courses to Lewisham Local cardholders, Students and Goldsmiths Alumni.

Booking information

Disability Support

We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. If you require adjustments, please complete the relevant section on the booking form and also contact us at so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible. 

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Tutor information

Brenda Rattray

Brenda Rattray works Internationally as a Voice Expressive Vocal Coach and workshop leader. She is a performer, composer, arranger, Choir Conductor.

She has an enormous talent for teaching vocal technique and Performance skills both to individuals and in group settings. She has been running workshops and refining her teaching methods for over three decades and her expansive skilful, safe, approach has allowed her to work extensively in all areas of the community.

She has performed with artists such as the London Community Gospel Choir, Black Voices, Ian Shaw, Carol Grimes, The Grand Union Orchestra, Pee Wee Ellis, Stan Tracey and Duncan Lamont in venues including The Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scots, The Royal Festival and Queen Elizabeth halls, Saddlers Wells Theatre, The Vortex, Union Chapel and more recently in The Jazz club 'Hide Away'.

She has been a Vocal Tutor at Goldsmiths University since 2003 and her clients include Guildhall School of Music and Drama, BBC Concert and Symphony Orchestras, Secondary schools, Adults and children diagnosed with Autism and other special needs, Prisons in Australia, England and Northern Ireland, High-Security Psychiatric Hospitals, Glyndebourne, English National Opera and RNIB. Brenda also runs her own music school in New Cross, London, voice expressions, with classes for groups, individuals and open mic nights throughout the year.

She has brought her inspirational workshops and vocal training skills to over 43 countries including Australia, East Africa, Finland, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Brussels, Madrid, South Africa and more recently to Italy where since 2000 she has continued to run workshops and perform. 


Her songs “The smile behind the eyes” (2005)  and 'Reach for the Positive,' (July 2009 ) as well as her book “Joy of Singing”, are published by Faber Music and have established themselves in the repertoire of many choirs across Britain and Internationally.


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