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Reflections on Voice Work

When I happened upon voice work at acting school - all those years ago - I felt instinctively that this was the subject for me. I was very inhibited in my ability to express myself vocally, and I knew that voice work was the key to opening up that channel. 

My voice is now one of my strengths, and I love sharing the wisdom that was taught to me by so many inspirational teachers over the past 25 years. 

Voice work offers many tools - both technical and intuitive - to free your natural voice. The process is largely one of un-doing. In voice class we learn to experience the connection between breath and sound. 
We learn to activate the resonating chambers of the body, to open the throat, to release the jaw, to create suppleness in the soft palate, to feel the support of the breath and the body. We learn to let the voice soar! 

I have found voice work to be a very integrating experience - an exquisite discipline designed to harmonise body and sound. I’ll never forget working with a wonderful singing teacher at WAAPA, calling out passionately: “sing with your whole body!” 

It’s true - we are all born with a beautiful voice. The subtle contractions, both emotional and physical, that ultimately become our habits, decrease our vocal strength, resonance, flexibility and beauty. Releasing the voice is an incredibly uplifting and empowering experience. 

My main influences as a voice teacher are the vibrant singing and voice work I learnt from John Dalby at WAAPA, the deeply exploratory work of Pan Theatre in Paris - in particular the work I experienced with Linda Wise (whose teachings are based on the Roy Hart work), the inspirational work of Kristin Linklater, and Chris James’ transformative and healing Power of Sound voice work.