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
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?
We're very excited to tell you that we're going to be offering a very special course created and recorded by top coach Gido Schimanski, who has worked with some fabulous top-end artists in helping them to overcome their self-limiting beliefs. Most people go into self-limiting overdrive when it comes to auditions, and this is what … Continue reading “Successful Auditions for Creative High Achievers” – Coming Soon!
We're always proud of our hard-working graduates and we're delighted to spotlight Paul Loxton, who recently completed his VIDLA qualification and has now launched his own private teaching practice on Merseyside, so all of you folks in the North West who might be looking for a singing teacher are in luck! Paul is a hugely … Continue reading In the spotlight: Merseyside-based VIDLA graduate Paul Loxton
I was sitting on the bus before and inspired by the posters across town was listening to MISS SAIGON on my phone, when "Why God Why" came on. Which put me straight back into an audition many many years ago, when I just started singing. I had chosen that song and was so scared that … Continue reading Guest Blog by Gido Schimanski – Transformational Coach for Artists, Creatives & High Achievers in the Entertainment Industry
In speaking to and mentoring our students, we get to discuss a lot of interesting things, and one of them is what to do when a student appears to over-analyse everything when approaching new techniques, or who physically freezes when asked to try something. It turns out that this is "a thing" and that many … Continue reading Singing, Teaching, and Not Living in Your Head
We've just finished our annual review. We do this because we're always keen to make sure that we're delivering the best possible courses for the best possible prices. VIDLA's continued growth and success over the last twelve months means that in the coming year, we're going to be able to pass on some of the … Continue reading New Courses, Lower Fees, 2013 Scholarships… and we’re going global!
Those of you who are on Twitter may know about the recent competition to find top-notch vocalists, run by Twitter phenomenon @westendproducer. He's looking for an outstanding male and female musical theatre vocalist, and hundreds of people entered by submitting video of themselves singing. The entrants have now been whittled down and they're at quarter … Continue reading Make your vote count for two VIDLA folks! Search for a Twitter Star
Three of the core VIDLA team (Ria Keen, Cordelia Lewis, Melanie Winterflood) travelled to Swansea last weekend to attend Steve Balsamo's workshop on healing via chant and toning, and it was worth the trip! The workshop was held at the Academy of Psychic and Spiritual Studies in Swansea, which is on the first floor of … Continue reading Steve Balsamo Harmonic Healer Workshop 28/4/12 – an inside view
From our Confidence Coach, Ash Rutter I just want to start off by saying how pleased I am to be involved with Ria and VIDLA. She is a hugely inspirational person and I’m honoured to be a part of such a great team of people who are having an amazing impact on the world of … Continue reading “Stage Fright to Superstar” programme under way!