Singing Day 2014


SUNDAY 22 JUNE 2014  Dorchester, near Oxford

christine cairns

A great chance to work with a professional singing tutor.  To confirm your place on the course as Observer or Participant please download and complete this application form Singing workshop 2014 details and how to apply and return it with payment (cheque or online transfer). 

Let us know if you want to take part in a masterclass @ £40 (limited to 15 places therefore by invitation only:  or if you would like to be part of the audience @ £20 (all day including lunch) /£10 (morning or afternoon session only). Fees include tea, coffee.  Contact Simon Payne.

The masterclasses will be fun and engaging for anyone who is interested in music, and especially for singers and wind players who want to improve their breathing technique. The day will include 20-minute individual masterclasses for up to 15 singers, with a short production and performance of an opera scene at the end of the day.  You will be able to enjoy listening to the classes and the performance, and will be able to ask questions throughout the day.  .

Tea, coffee and cake will be provided for all. There will be ample opportunity to discuss the content of the masterclasses, questions on singing in general, or just get to know each other.


“In 1984 Christine was propelled into an international career when a chance audition with Andre Previn led to concerts with him and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra a month later, then more concerts and a recording with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London immediately after.

Since then she has sung throughout the USA most notably with the LAPO, the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras and the San Francisco Symphony with conductors such as Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Ashkenazy and in Europe with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic.

In the UK Christine has performed with all the BBC orchestras and all the London orchestras, the CBSO, the Halle, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and many others, She has also sung in Japan, Israel, Scandinavia, Singapore and China.

A few years ago she took time out professionally when her younger son was diagnosed with Autism. She and her husband, conductor John Lubbock, set up a charity called Music for Autism to give concerts and make recordings to raise much needed funds for and awareness of this devastating condition.

She now has a busy teaching career, both at the Birmingham conservatoire and privately at home in Oxfordshire. Christine is experienced in giving masterclasses to a huge range of abilities and expectations.”


Arrangements for the day:


Sunday 22 June 2014
The Hall will be open from 09.30 to 18.00
Refreshments from 09.30.
The workshop will start at 10.00, and end by about 16.00/16.30.
Lunch roughly 12.30 – 13.30


Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided for the breaks during the day, and are included in the cost.
Christine will also provide lunch for all participants.


This Village Hall in the beautiful village of Dorchester-on-Thames (see particularly Dorchester Abbey).  Website
Parking is quite easy in the roads near the Village Hall, in car parks, and on the main street. See map below.

Dorchester-on-Thames is a village on the River Thame in Oxfordshire, about 3 miles northwest of Wallingford and  8 miles southeast of Oxford.  The Hall is marked on the map below.
Dorchester Village Hall, 7 Queen Street, Dorchester OX10 7RA
NB this is the Dorchester in Oxfordshire, near Oxford, not the one in Dorset!