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
It's nearly show time! Less than a week to go to the big day, and butterflies are flapping up a storm. Members of Voices Unlimited (Worcestershire's biggest independent adult contemporary vocal group, led by college boss Ria Keen), are gearing up for our show at the Swan Theatre, Worcester. We have just two more rehearsals … Continue reading Your Body Is Your Musical Instrument
Hypnosis is nonsense, right? We've all seen those stage shows where people are made to squawk like chickens or do Elvis impressions in the name of "entertainment". How can something like that possibly have any credence or use in the real world? Well the fact is, hypnosis is just an altered state - a … Continue reading Can Self-Hypnosis Help You To Sing or Teach Better?
We hear a lot about "mindful practice" and often, people either pay lip service to it or dismiss it as being a bit wafty, a tad tree-huggy. But how many times have you sung on automatic pilot? How often have you told yourself that you are learning or developing a song when what you are … Continue reading Are You Actually There, When You Sing?
This week, my interest was piqued and eyebrows raised by an online petition calling for the UK government to consider making singing available on prescription. Now, it could be argued that the UK government has bigger fish to fry at the moment, what with Brexit and all… but let’s not go down that rabbit … Continue reading Singing for Health