Romani Gypsy & Balkan Folk Vocal Training Masterclass

Sunday 26 MARCH 2017 2.30-6.30pm Premises Studios


We had a wonderful time at the Ballads Vocal Masterclass last month, with lots of positive energy and great feedback! See the VIDEO from this class here.

In the light of this, we are bringing our next Masterclass to the Premises Studios, dedicated to the Gypsy & Balkan vocal techniques, inspired purely by traditional Romani gypsy singing and Balkan folk.

We are excited to announce that on this occasion we will be joined by a wonderful singer from Don Kipper Band Dunja who will teach us a couple of songs from her beautiful repertoire and spill the bins about the magic of vocals.

Please join us for this event and register your place in advance here. 

Much love


Ballads Vocal Training Masterclass

Sun 29 Jan 2017 2.30pm Premises Studios

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Inspired by the ballads of Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits we are excited to bring you a new Masterclass dedicated to Ballads.

Run from the Award-winning Premises Studios in Hackney with celebrated visiting tutor Allegra Shock,  regular vocal coach Elena Dana and guests, the class is going to explore most popular Vocal techniques and work with your favourite ballads for 4 academic hours in a row.

From the last two sessions we had, we received wonderful feedback, and comments from our singers, that 3 hours we originally had, were not enough! Due to this demand, we now have extended our class to 4 hours, which we are sure going to run really quickly too! After the class, we will proceed to the local pub too for more networking opportunities, further discussion about artist development and simply for fun!  🙂

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 27th January 2017 at 2pm at the Premises Cafe for registration and the class will be run from the Studio 3 from 2.30pm.

Class programme 

2pm – Registration in a Premises Cafe
2.30pm – Studio 3 1st floor: Vocal Training with emphasis on vocal pitch & control
3.30pm – Vocal Stylistics, Belting & Compression techniques
4.30pm – Even sound & Articulation techniques
5.30pm – All of above techniques in practice
6.30pm – Networking hang out in a local pub!

Register your place here. Only 10 places per class.

Have a lovely Holiday everyone and we’ll see you in 2017!

Blues Vocal Training Masterclass

Sun 27th Nov 2016 at the Premises Studios

Thank you so much to all lovely singing birds! What a great session we had! Lovely crowd,  beautiful souls and brilliant visiting teachers! This is what we’ve been told about the class so far..

“Thank you for a great workshop. Really well presented and lots of fun! Am inspired to write the blues now”

“Thank you so much for a wonderful session! Well structured, informative and inspirational!”

“I enjoyed the workshop a lot, good teaching and good vibes in general.”

“Thank for the session, it was soooooo good to sing again without fears of neighbours.  And singing blues especially!”

Next class is Ballads Vocal Training Session on Sun 29 Jan 2017 at the Premises Studios and we look forward to seeing you all very soon!!

Much love, Elena & Adam

Register your place here

Jazz Vocals Masterclass Review

by Carly Florentine


31 Oct 2016

Yesterday I decided to visit the jazz vocals masterclass led by vocal coach Elena Dana and pianist Adam Bridges, hosted at the celebrated Premises Studios in Hackney, with a visiting tutor, a highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Norma Jean Martine.

I was curious because I wanted to explore new singing styles, am interested in jazz, and the line up of artists seemed intriguing. Not surprisingly, I  found the class a really enjoyable and educational experience. We learnt the importance of warm-up exercises, and I noticed immediate results on the strength of my range and quality of the sound!

The atmosphere was warm and I felt really encouraged to experiment and give it my best. The work we did on how to lose yourself in a performance was brilliant for me as someone who deals with subtle levels of stage discomfort.

I also loved the songs we practised, two of my old-time favourites, “I’m Putting all My Eggs in One Basket” and “I’m Feeling Good”. The intimate class size was perfect for individual feedback, and everyone got to know each other.

It was incredible to be able to sing with professional accompaniment and I thought the tips about stage presence and the music industry from professional musicians were fascinating too!

Elena’s experience in vocal tuition was evident in her patience and charisma as a teacher and her exceptional singing ability was a truly motivating testament to the value of training.

If you have any interest in singing or just fancy trying something new and having fun then I would thoroughly recommend you go to this!

Next Masterclass dedicated to  Blues is on Sun 27th November 3pm at the Premises Studios 

Testimonials from students

“This workshop made me understand how blocked I was before, it really balanced not only my voice – but also my soul.”

“A good friendly Masterclass with an excellent visiting singer/songwriter with a fab voice. Very comprehensive teaching with good follow up too!”

“I’ve never been in the recording studio before and the novelty of it and the prestige of the Premises studios was really in the air! It was a treat to practice there, and to see the demonstration of vocals that nearly took the roof off!”


Jazz Vocals Masterclass

Pop up Singing school is back to Hackney, with an exclusive Jazz Master Class on Sunday October 30th 2016, 3-6pm, run by Elena Dana and Adam Bridges.

This time we are based in the Award-winning Premises Studios, not far from Hoxton overground.

On this special occasion we will also be joined by a highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Norma Jean Martine who will teach us the real stuff!

Don’t miss, we only have 10 places!


Sunday October 30th 2016 3-6pm £50

Premises Studios

209 Hackney Road

London E2 8JL

To Book email Elena at

Artist Development Programme

Run by Elena Dana, Bird on the Birch is a professional Artist Development programme for singers of all levels. BoB offers bespoke vocal coaching in groups and on one-to-one basis, managerial advice and networking opportunities through live events.

Throughout the summer 2014 BoB held its first Pop-Up singing school for solo performers, and you can read all about it here on this blog below, and watch videos from the first  Pop-Up school here.

Testimonials from students can be scrolled through here 🙂 .

We look forward to welcoming more singing birds in our midst!

Continue reading “Artist Development Programme”

Graduation Gig Programme


This is the time when our Pop-up School has come to an end and I’m very happy to say it’s been incredibly inspirational and fulfilling four months!

To mark the end of this project, we are holding a special event, with a free singing workshop, talent showcase, talks and discussions at the Bohemia Hackney on Sat 30th August 2014 5pm-12am

– Free Singing Workshop at 5pm
– Talent Showcases from 6pm from:
Dalia Merecinskaite
Get Frank with Frankie Ward
Solveiga Levanaite
Anna Pancaldi
Amelya Goldy Music
Plus more guests and graduates! 🙂
– Talk and discussion on how to make living as self-employed musicians in between music acts
– Networking opportunities for Music Artists

 Sat 30 August 2014 5pm-12am

Bohemia Hackney
Unit 2 Bohemia place
Off Mare St

E8 1DU London

Closest overground: Hackney Central

Buses: 30, 38,  55, 48, 106, 253, 254, 277
Doors 4.30pm
Singing Workshop 5pm
Music starts 6pm

Entrance is Free

To RSVP visit our event page here or just turn up on the day, as the event is free and open to all.

Have a great week ahead and i look forward to seeing you soon!

flyer BoB