Upper voices course leader : 19 – 25 May, 2019


Ghislaine is a singer teacher, vocal coach, and choir trainer. She directs courses all over the world.  She read music at Oxford before studying music education at London University and then singing at the Royal College of Music. She is the founder/director of the Sintra International Singing and Choral Conducting Course, the Sintra International Singers, the director of the Casole International Renaissance polyphony School and the director of London Upper Voices.

As a soprano she sang for over 20 years with a variety of groups including the Sixteen, the Tallis Scholars and the Monteverdi choir, solo engagements covering repertoire from Monteverdi’s Vespers to Finzi’s Dies Natalis, from Mozart’s Mass in C minor to Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne.

Ghislaine has a passion for encouraging others to be expressive with confidence and a desire to demystify vocal technique. She has a reputation for passing on current thinking in vocal science with fun and clarity, and is equally enthusiastic about choral and solo singers having well set up voices. Apart from her regular work she has trained trebles for the UK national opera houses, boys on a Mission Station in Calcutta, singing teachers in Lusaka and worked with Carnatic singers in Kerala.

Ghislaine currently teaches at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, and at Cambridge University. She has private practices in London and Amsterdam.

She has directed workshops in Britain, France, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Zambia.  She is on the faculty of the English Choral Experience, Lacock Singing Courses, the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and the Platinum Choral Workshops. She is a regular juror at the London International A Cappella Choral Competiti

David Bednall


Dr David Bednall is a busy composer and organist, combining an extensive freelance career with the positions of organist at Bristol University and Sub Organist at Bristol Cathedral. He studied with Dr. Naji Hakim and David Briggs, both of them pupils of Jean Langlais, and between 2002 and 2007 was at Wells Cathedral, initially as Sub Organist and then as Assistant Organist to Malcolm Archer.

Further information can be found at www.davidbednall.com

Brenda Dean


Brenda Dean is a retired teacher who has sung in choirs all her life. A trained singer, she has set up choirs and directed choral and stage productions in the UK and the Middle East.

Brenda is President of the Association ‘Les Amis de Jean Langlais’ (www.jeanlanglais.eu) in la Fontenelle and, with the help of her French committee, she has organised over 100 concerts in Brittany during the Langlais International Festivals of 2005 to 2018, including eleven very successful choral courses.  She was made an Honorary Citizen of La Fontenelle in July, 2015.