It was from one rejection to another; five universities and two Drama schools to be precise. So a gap year was my only option as the University I did get into did not really float my boat. Luckily one of the Drama Schools recommended City Lit- Londons largest adult Education College which offers part time and evening courses on weekdays and weekends.
I had a browse through the website of the different courses available.
Access to higher education
Careers in care and support
Drama, dance and speech
Health and movement studies
Psychology, counselling & personal development
Psychology, counselling and personal development
Skills for learning and life
Teacher and management training
I decided in the end to go for the Music Theatre Workshop which was a 2 hours a week. I had to audition with a music theatre piece. The person doing the auditions was quite impressed that I had brought actual music. I did My Favourite Things from the Sound Of Music. I got in, woohoo!
I was given an enrolment form but it was only when I paid the fees that my place was confirmed. You are advised to pay as soon as possible as they operate on a first come first serve basis. Although in my experience, we had people joining us every term.
I was excited about the course; the blurb sounded good!
A workshop for singers and actors wanting to develop their vocal technique and performance skills in the Music Theatre repertoire. To explore the appropriate voice qualities and varying styles required nowadays for Music Theatre and to work towards achieving and performing these in a healthy and efficient way.
I was shocked when I got in to see many old adult students, no offence but it was a shock from being the oldest in the class in Sixth Form to being the youngest. At least two thirds of the class were age mates with my grandparents, talk about a generation gap. Sometimes they would talk about actors and artistes that I had never heard of. The advantage though was that a lot of them had experience in music and theatre, which raised the quality of the class.
The classes started with vocal warm-ups which our teacher used to teach us different techniques of vocal production. This was followed by everyone getting a 10 minute on-on-one tuition with the teacher as they worked through their material. So we all learnt from each other.
For the first term, we worked on our own material. The second term we were allowed to choose material from certain shows and time periods. The third term, we were allowed to work on anything we liked. In the penultimate week, we had a mini concert within the class where you could bring friends and family. The last week we were given constructive feedback and advised on how we could continue our singing journey within the walls of City Lit. A lot of the members of the class were former students and many of them are continuing there next year.
Apart from the course itself, I benefitted from the library which had an extensive range of books relating to all the courses taught. Also you could rent DVDs for free. You could also use the internet for free. Black and white photocopying was 10p a page and printing vouchers of a pound entitled you to 12 pages.
The location is easily accessible either from Holborn or Covent Garden Stations respectively. There is a nice cafe on the ground floor which serves a variety of snacks, meals and drinks as well as a number of snack and drink vending machines respectively.
The support system is good; they send you prompt reminders of overdue books and fees. Also when it snowed in February, I was contacted by the school when the class was cancelled. A catch up class was arranged. So no penny was wasted. The cost is £373 (full), £227 (snr) and £113 (concessions).
Did I enjoy my time there? Yes I did! But I really cant wait for Uni to begin.