Why Singers Need to Burn their Boats

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

When Your Voice Stops Working – My Story

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

Another Diploma Graduate Unleashed in the UK!

Congratulations are due to top-level VIDLA Diploma student Britt Packer, who has graduated this week not only with straight A grades, but also weeks ahead of her completion date! Britt is an ex-professional dancer who has a passion for singing, and has flown through her VIDLA studies in great style! She is due to formally … Continue reading Another Diploma Graduate Unleashed in the UK!

VIDLA students at Worcester Music Festival

Worcester is the home of the VIDLA Principal and so the Academy has a lot of links to the city's music and education scene. This weekend sees the return of the annual Worcester Music Festival, and Ria spent yesterday leading a vocal workshop in the morning, and then leading the Voices Unlimited Contemporary Choir at … Continue reading VIDLA students at Worcester Music Festival