Your voice is part of your Soul. If it has been criticised or remarked upon at any point, it can leave scars deep in your unconscious, scars which often only appear when challenged later in life by public or daunting speaking engagements.
Very few of us breathe properly and allow our voice reach its full potential of clarity and communication. Knowing how to breathe, how to articulate and understanding the energy of the breath can make a huge difference to our lives. Accents are our birthright but this amazing sound instrument, like any other, needs clear and energetic mechanism and practice.
My approach allows you to find enjoyment and feel confident in the spoken word, giving you a real sense of self-worth. In our first session I will give you an understanding of the workings of your voice and work out a tailored programme to suit your individual needs.
Over the many years I've been working in this field I have developed a particular expertise in stammer and speech impediments.
I work with people of all ages (both 1 to 1 and in educational settings), actors, presenters, clergy, professionals and students, as well as holding corporate classes for businesses. The average length of treatment is 4 - 6 one hour sessions and there are normally some exercises to practice in between sessions!
Please get in touch to see if I can help YOU.
We have tried so many therapists to help Andrew* for such a long time and then you made such a difference in a few hours"
LRAM, LUD, NCSD, IPA.
EQUITY Member with enhanced DBS.
Being the youngest in a big family, I had to learn to use my voice early on! I realised the terror of speaking in public when selected to speak at a girl guide conference as an 8-year-old Brownie.
Luckily it wasn't enough to put me off and I discovered that I loved acting and performance. After performing in many school plays, I worked in Repertory before studying at the New College of Speech and Drama (now Middlesex University Drama Faculty) on their comprehensive Theatre/Teaching course where I was able to specialise in Voice Teaching along with the Alexander Technique for Posture and Breathing.
After two years performing on the Edinburgh Fringe, I formed the Jura Festival Company with a group of players from New College. We toured the Inner Hebrides for 3 summers with the great musical group Ossian, achieving my aim to take Theatre to somewhere it had never been before. This involved setting up and performing in all sorts and sizes of venues and performing without microphones. It was a challenging and wonderful time with fantastic performers.
After my 4 year old nephew asked me to be a Witch at his birthday party, I became the first woman children’s entertainer on Equity's books. For the next 25 years I took over parties as the character the child really dreamed of having to their birthday tea; Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy Winkle, Paddington Bear, Postman Pat, (with my own amazing 3 children each being Jess the Cat!) and other characters from children’s literature. Over 8’s created their own show to perform to the parents at the end of 3 hours! Again, the setting was always unpredictable and presented many vocal challenges.
In 1980 I started the charity Hop, Skip & Jump, which, over 40 years, gave respite support to thousands of children with special needs and their families. Needing to constantly fundraise for it, I had to speak on many occasions, spontaneously or prepared.
I have worked for many years with the 'Seed Project', a Church of England innovation for Equity members to work within Worship, bringing the Gospel to life through Speech and Drama.
All I know, I know by experience.
Lionel Logue, The Kings Speech
You have left me with many challenges and exercises but I can manage now as never before. Thank you!
Thank you for changing my life.
Initial Consultation £70
Ongoing sessions £50
Where I work
I do sessions both in person (socially distanced) or on Zoom
I can come to homes within 50 miles of London or Cirencester (travel charged at £10 / hour)
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