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Fast Five with Ian Towers and Imogen Palmer | Performing Improv | Singing Songs

In this blog, we asked dynamic duo Imogen Palmer (Artistic Director of the Delight Collective, Theatre School manager) and musical maestro Ian Towers (This Is Your Musical) some quickfire questions including key facts on our upcoming L.1 course on singing improvised songs.


5 skills you will learn taking Singing Songs

Ian:

  1. Face the fear of singing and doing it anyway
  2. Supporting your fellow singers
  3. Creating simple (and maybe not so simple) melodies
  4. Exploration of basic vocal harmony
  5. Gradually building rhymes into your songs

Imogen:

  1. That we don’t need to sound amazing to sing or make up songs.
  2. That making up songs is easier than it sounds!
  3. You might discover your inner shower singing diva.
  4. Musical Zip Zap Boing is possibly the most fun of all of the zip zap boings.
  5. That you can practice improv games and exercises on your own whilst walking down the street.

5 things you will learn about yourself taking the course

Ian:

  1. That you CAN sing and lead songs
  2. That you can improvise
  3. You don’t need to be “right”, you can be “wrong” or “different”, it’s all fine!
  4. You are good enough
  5. People will like your improvisation

Imogen:

  1. That you CAN sing and lead songs
  2. That you can improvise
  3. You don’t need to be “right”, you can be “wrong” or “different”, it’s all fine!
  4. You are good enough
  5. People will like your improvisation

5 greatest songs of all time

Ian:

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody
  2. Over the Rainbow
  3. Life on Mars
  4. Here comes the Sun
  5. Bridge over troubled Water

Imogen:

  1. Bitter Sweet Symphony- The Verve
  2. Perfect Day – the Susan Boyle Cover (my family share a die hard love of Susan Boyle)
  3. Brimful of Asha – Corner Shop (Excellent example of how repetition is great in songs!)
  4. Run the World – Beyonce (Qween and inspiration for a lot of my work)
  5. Faith – George Michael (my karaoke go to)

5 greatest songwriters of all time

Ian:

  1. Lennon – McCartney
  2. Simon and Garfunkel
  3. David Bowie
  4. Rogers and Hammerstein
  5. Prince

Imogen:

All the students who have been on the past three Singing Songs course – we’ve made so many hits together! I am going to cheat and say they are my top five. 

5 things you are looking forward to in 2020

Ian:

  1. Getting TIYM’s tour venues underway.
  2. Getting to grips with my new Yamaha CP88 digital piano in the context of TIYM
  3. More great songs and scenes
  4. Edinburgh Fringe, as a visitor, not a performer.
  5. Spending more time in nature

Imogen:

  1. Bringing my pop-diva comedy clown show IMOGENÉ: the improvised pop concert back to the BIT on the 20th February and to Vault Festival in London at the end of Feb.
  2. Seeing some of my University friends get married.
  3. The development of ‘The Last Two’ a post-apocalyptic comedy-drama musical I’m writing with Tim Gilvin, the musical director of The Bish Bosh Bash.
  4. My Grandma’s 90th birthday and the chance to catch up with the family. 
  5. Teaching Singing Songs again! 

Performing Improv Level 1: Singing Songs starts Tuesday 3rd March. Places cost £185 and can be purchased here.

photo c. Lee Pullen

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