No previous experience is required to take a gospel singing workshop with Tony Backhouse.
The New Zealand resident travels to Lantzville Aug. 23 to lead a workshop in gospel singing.
Since 1987, Backhouse led more than 2,000 vocal workshops.
The content focuses on the African-American repertoire, spirituals, gospel songs old and new, choral and quartet styles, and often includes South African gospel, doo-wop, R&B and pop music. He has run training sessions for choirs and a cappella quartets, and taught seminars on gospel music history and vocal arranging.
Several choirs have formed out of his workshops, and his students have gone on to direct choirs and run vocal workshops.
The workshop takes place at St Philip’s Anglican Church 6:30-9:30 p.m. Prior registration is required by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 250-729-6135.