As many of you know, our Registrar Givvi Flynn (Cordelia Lewis, to our students) is not only a gifted vocal coach and graphic designer but also a professional singer in her own right, and member of psychedelic pop/rock band The Dowling Poole, whose first offering, Bleak Strategies, was extremely well received. Well, the difficult 2nd … Continue reading Our rock n roll Registrar has a new album out…
Happy New Year everyone! Those who have been reading our blog for some time will know that every year, we have made a special ring inscribed with the words "Above & Beyond", to give to someone who has done more than their job, or who has helped us here at VIDLA in some way. These … Continue reading The ‘above & beyond’ ring this year goes to…
For a couple of years now we've been working hard to develop a platform for our students and teachers that's more than just a slightly dull Learning Management System. We wanted something that felt more in tune with the real world of singers and singing teachers, but we needed something that gave us all the … Continue reading VIDLA’s new interactive online campus launches today!
VIDLA Patron John Owen Jones has played The Phantom more times than any other performer in the West End show's history, but if you've managed to miss it so far (!) you have one more chance - possibly the last chance - to see him in the role that he has very much made his own. John … Continue reading John Owen Jones – back in the mask for a limited season
Our second scholarship winner this year is Malaysian practitioner Carrey Oliver. Carrey is a quite extraordinary man who has devoted his life to teaching and learning, and who has a particular interest in metaphysics, sound healing, music and the teaching of voice. Carrey was originally trained in classical singing by Baritone Master Vocalist Leonard Yap … Continue reading 2015 Steve Balsamo Scholarship Award Winner – Carrey Oliver
Our scholarship winners for 2015-16 are about to start their studies and we thought we'd introduce them to you, starting with actor / singer / dancer Alan Richardson. All of our shortlisted applicants this year were outstanding and we had a very tough time deciding who should receive the scholarships... In the end it came … Continue reading 2015 John Owen Jones Award Winner – Alan Richardson
Hello VIDLA-folk! Cordelia Here! In my capacities as Registrar & Senior Tutor, you’re probably more than aware that my work is entirely supported by the 3 Cs: caffeine, cake, and cats.......... … Continue reading Caffeine, Cake, Cats and Charity – The VIDLA Registrar’s off on one again!
Hey folks, happy Friday! We'll soon be launching our great new audio course "Successful Auditions for Creative High Achievers" with top coach Gido Schimanski, but before we do, we're happy to be able to bring you a very special early-bird deal direct from the man himself! Just follow this link for a big discount until … Continue reading Successful Auditions for Creative High Achievers – Early Bird Deal!
We're having a bit of a do for charity on the weekends of Oct 10th - 12th and Oct 17th - 19th. The challenge is for event leaders (here's some of the motley crew, pictured left!) in a variety of locations to create a 'pop-up choir' in just one day. They choose the venue, pick … Continue reading The One Day Sing-Thing! Pop-up Choir charity event
Have you ever considered that the sound you make, including your singing, is an expression of all the things you are holding in your heart at the time you make your sound? Your, thoughts, your feelings, your memories – they all have an impact on the physical sound of your voice. And it’s not limited … Continue reading The Heart and Your Sound – A Sound Healer’s Perspective on Singing