One of UK's most in demand and versatile vocalists, Mary Carewe, recently provided a series of inspirational vocal recording studio masterclasses for students of ICMP’s vocal degree courses in our specialist Audient Studios.
Who is Mary Carewe?
Mary Carewe is a British concert and recording artist known for her powerful and expressive vocals and engaging stage presence. She has performed on some of the world’s finest stages, including New York's Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, and has wowed audiences around the world in a wide variety of concert programmes with orchestras and ensembles as well as in cabaret. Her wide-ranging experience includes work as an international concert soloist and a highly-regarded session singer, with her vocals being featured on the classical chart-topping Adiemus recordings and sampled on the techno Aphex Twin track XTAL. She has sung BVs for artists including Steps, Westlife, Pulp and Joe Cocker and recorded for numerous Hollywood film soundtracks such as Dr Strange, The Hobbit, Pirates of The Caribbean and Disney’s Beauty And The Beast.
What advice did Mary provide for aspiring vocalists?
In these intense and engaging sessions Mary’s key message was how important it is to prepare properly for every recording session and be confident in the vocal booth. She explained how the producer wants their recording to sound as good as the vocalist themselves does, so singers shouldn't be afraid to take some control over what they need in terms of the set up.
The sessions covered certain technical aspects of vocal recordings and provided invaluable tips about techniques such as the variety of vocal mics that can be used to produce different sounds or tones, positioning in front of a mic, and how one can soften and clarify 'b's and 'p's when necessary.
Students from several ICMP courses attended and enjoyed both learning from Mary and seeing how keen she was to share her advice and instil her belief in the importance of a vocalist being happy with the results of their recording. Having the opportunity to share her skills and experience with students led Mary to comment: "I love studio recording - the challenge of giving a performance that will sound great on repeated hearings as well as capturing a moment in time that sounds spontaneous and fresh. As with most things in music having knowledge and technique frees you up to be creative and I look forward to being able to pass on my years of experience to a new generation of singers at ICMP.”
What did they say?
BA Creative Musicianship degree student Olivia Baker-Smith commented that it was “very encouraging to get advice from someone who cares so much about what they do. I think we will feel more comfortable in the recording booth now and know how to speak to the engineer for the benefit of both them and ourselves.”
Mary herself was thrilled to have the opportunity to share her knowledge and expressed her admiration for the tutors she knows at ICMP:
Studying vocals at ICMP is a great opportunity, I have to say there are some fantastic tutors here. I have worked with a number of these wonderful tutors over the years and you are getting very, very high quality teaching here, so it is a great place to do your studies.
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