Burning of the Frigate Philadelphia in the Harbor of Tripoli by Edward Moran "Hang on a tick! What have boats got to do with singing?" I hear you cry. Well, let's just ignore the entire history of sea shanties, side-step my love of the sea in general and glorious old sailing ships in particular, and … Continue reading Why Singers Need to Burn their Boats
Last December, I lost my voice. Totally. I was unable to sing or speak, other than the tiniest strangled squeak. I hadn't had any signs of a cold or virus, and the only warning that I had was a slight sensation of what I can only describe as “splitting” of my voice when singing some … Continue reading When Your Voice Stops Working – My Story
Mental Health Awareness Week is almost over, but we don't want that to be the end of the conversation! Very often, performers (and teachers!) are wary about saying anything publicly, because performers in particular work in an over-populated industry, and the fear is that if we admit to having problems, we render ourselves unhirable and undesirable. … Continue reading Mental Health In The Arts – Don’t Let The Conversation Stop Here
A guest blog from our new team member, #maninthehat Mark James Music has to be perfect right? Every note has to be right, every beat on time and every word sung on pitch, right? WRONG! We are starting to lose sight of what music is and what is has been for thousands of years. The … Continue reading Music has to be perfect, right?
Well, you can be if you like... Or you can choose to make like an Orca instead! Image by skeeze on Pixabay A couple of days ago when talking to some (much) younger friends, they referred to me as “an elder”. This was the first time in my life that someone has called me that … Continue reading Ladies, are you past your sell-by date?
The sun finally decided to show itself this year here in Guernsey, where I live, so I decided it was a good day to get back into running. I started running back in September after I was cast in a production of ‘Anything Goes’ as Reno Sweeney, and quickly realised that, although I could sing … Continue reading Are you ready to run?….
We’ve all read numerous articles about the benefits of singing for health — especially when we’re singing in a group — but if you’re a singer, how do you know what sort of singing group is best for you? And if you’re looking to set up a singing group of your own, where do you … Continue reading Singing together – let’s do it!
Actors and directors talk about “taking a beat” when working with action or dialogue. In essence, it’s a way of changing pace, or emphasis, or direction. In recent years, I’ve come to learn that taking a beat in life is one of the most important things we can do. It’s so easy to become submerged … Continue reading Take a Beat
This is a blog written by our friends at Corporate Conservatoire, and re-blogged with their kind permission. You can read all about them via their website, but first, treat your eyes and mind to their wonderful musings on the correlations between being a great leader and being a great conductor. "What's that got to do … Continue reading Pass the Baton – Six Essential Leadership Qualities
We’re busy people here at The Voice College - going ‘above and beyond’ is our ethos after all! But there comes a time in every singer and singing teachers’ life where you may just find yourself on the brink, whether it’s from a seemingly unrealistic number of gigs to get through, all your work starting … Continue reading Burnout – knowing when enough is enough…