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

Pop-Up Singing School Graduation Gig – Sat 30 Aug 5pm

Our Pop-up Singing School, which is set up as an outreach community project, to practice singing and to expand on our songwriters’ community – is coming to the end soon!

To mark the success of this lovely project we are organising a special event with showcases, talks and networking opportunities at the Bohemia Hackney on Sat 30 August 2014 5pm-12am.

To RSVP please go here or just turn up on the day, the event is Free and open to all!

We look forward to welcoming you at our graduation gig soon!

To book remaining sessions, please visit http://bob.reservio.comPop up school Flyer JPG


Book your place before you visit HERE 



Last 7 Singing Sessions of our Pop-up School Summer 2014

To give you a heads up for our last seven sessions in our Pop-Up contemporary singing school, here is a brief outline of what is coming up next!

Each week, after the next one, we are going to cover following topics:

Session 9 – Sunday 29 June 10am Gallery Cafe – Songwriting

Session 10 – Saturday 5 July 1pm Biddle Bros – Head & Chest Voice Song: Nobody Knows You 

Session 11 – Saturday 12 July 1pm Biddle Bros – Timbre or Colour of your Voice Song: All of Me 

Session 12  *Cancelled due to playing at the Latitude Fest sorry!!* – Saturday 19 July 1pm Biddle Bros

Session 13 – Saturday 26 July 1pm Biddle Bros – Voice Resonator & Voice Vibrato Song: Yes My Darling Daughter

Session 14 – Saturday 2 August 1pm Biddle Bros – Singing Style, Song: My Funny Valentine

Session 15 – Saturday 9 August 1pm Biddle Bros – Stability of your Voice & Pitching, Song: You Won’t See Me


Book your place before you visit HERE 


Performer’s Bubble

Singing Session 8, Pop-up School, Sun 22 June 2014 10am The Gallery Cafe Chapel 21 Old Ford Road London E2 9PL

At this session we’ll look into Performer’s Bubble technique.

Where are we when we are performing, what is our personal space and where does it end?

This session, follows up from previous two sessions published below on Self-awareness and Performer’s Mask, which we’ll recap on in the class.

The song we’ll work on to fix this technique is No More Blues by Antônio Carlos Jobim.

I look forward to seeing you! ♥

Thought for a day: What do you see in front of you when performing? 

Book your place before you visit HERE 



Singing session 7, Pop-up School Sunday 15 JUNE 2014, 10am The Gallery Cafe Chapel 17 Old Ford Road London E2 9PL

At this session we will think of Self-awareness technique we can employ while performing.

Exclusively we will carry on from our previous session about Performer’s Presentation Mask to explore more on what exactly is going on Behind that Mask. 

The song we’ll work on to cover this technique is Doris Day’s Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and you can listen to it here.

Thought for a day: What emotion do you go through when singing? 

Book your place before you visit HERE 


I look forward to seeing you! ♥