"Poetry is thoughts that breathe and words that burn"

"Poetry is thoughts that breathe and words that burn"Thomas GrayUsing Poetry in Training Actors and SingersAt the Royal Academy of Music, as in all conservatoires, there are compulsory competitions. Every department has its particular competitions, many of which are established to remember certain benefactors, alumni, teachers or great performers who have special connections with the Academy.When Mary Hammond set up…

Breathing, Support and Estill Model

April 2012 A slightly late blog after the course in February at the RAM with the fabulous Ed Blake, physiotherapist extraordinaire.While it’s pretty hard to argue over the importance of breathing to life generally, its rôle in voice work is seriously misunderstood and often inappropriately emphasised by many voice teachers, both in speaking and singing. Many people mistakenly believe that because the…

Welcome

February 2012 Rather belatedly, I have decided to enter the blogosphere and share my thoughts on what I am currently teaching, reading, what is influencing my teaching and what I am focusing on at any given moment in my work. I hope that if you are interested in the voice and voice training that you will find something to engage you and…

A few thoughts on the New Year...

January 2012 It has been a great start to the new year for me, coming back to my normal range of teaching commitments after the ʻservice interruptionsʼ caused by X Factor (Royal Academy of Music, Sunday workshops, Estill courses, private teaching). I was in Berlin last week teaching the Complete 5 Day Course in the Estill Model to people who were mainly…