Singer/songwriter Joey Clarkson with her cousin

Cousins to combine for concert

Singer/songwriter Joey Clarkson to host a workshop in Port McNeill next week followed by a concert with pianist Elizabeth Hornby.

Singer/songwriter Joey Clarkson will bring all of her ten years experience in teaching musical theatre to a workshop in Port McNeill next week.

And, at just 23, the songstress will couple that experience with youthful energy.

Despite her age, Clarkson has made a name for herself teaching in such far-flung locations as the UAE, Ireland, the UK as well as in Canada.

The award-winning artist released her second album, See You, Love You, Behave Yourself, this summer, following on last year’s success as a regional winner for Canadian Music Week and Astral Media’s 2012 national RadioStar competition with her single Get Out.

The workshop will take place at the Gate House Theatre on August 13 from 12-5 p.m. and will introduce students to voice work, script work and basic choreography, ending in a short presentation for family and friends. Clarkson has been added to the prestigious ArtStarts Artist in the Classroom roster, a provincial catalogue of touring artists supported by ArtStarts.

“Joey has boundless energy, is musically gifted with a powerful voice, and is simply amazing with kids. She ensures that everyone gets lines and is able to engage even the shiest child. She is also gifted in dealing with kids who are a bit of a handful. Over the last five years I have seen her turn ‘trouble-makers’ into leaders by re-focussing their energies into things constructive. This is an opportunity not many children have available to them and we are so thankful this experience will be part of their life story,” said Monica Yorke of Delta B.C., who has had children in Clarkson’s workshops for the past five years.

“It doesn’t matter how old you are, you have power to do great things. It is this ideal that I impress upon my students, building confidence and self worth through musical theatre.”

To register for the musical theatre workshop contact Clarkson at trclarkson@telus.net or call 250-334-2208.

Later that evening Clarkson will be joined by her cousin, touring pianist Elizabeth Hornby, for a by-donation concert at the theatre.

Taking inspiration from the likes of Michael Nyman, Rachel Portman and Debussy, Hornby has also released a second  album and, like her cousin, is involved in teaching music.

The duo will perform their original compositions at an all-ages show starting at 8 p.m., August 13 at the Gate House Theatre, admission by donation.