What I can do for you...

Contemporary commercial artists, classical singers, actors, hobbyist singers, professional singers and professional voice users - if you are experiencing technical issues then, you are in the right place! I am here for you!

If you want to work through vocal issues and choose to trust me with your voice, you know you are in safe hands. I will do all that I can to support you on a journey to recovery.

I am a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) in an assistant capacity. I am one of ONLY six non-medical voice practitioners who has gained enough experience in UK voice clinics to meet the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine's stringent competencies. This means that I can offer vocal health advice and undertake vocal rehabilitation coaching when supervised by a clinical person within a voice clinic setting.

 

Being affiliated with both RCSLT and BAPAM means that I am obliged to adhere to the codes of practice they have developed and when working outside the clinical setting, I can guide you with technical needs and help you with your vocal health needs. 

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"If you choose to trust me with your voice, you know you are in safe hands."

Whilst I am not of the medical profession, I am thrilled to be able to offer such a specialist service.

Please note, in order to work with me, I may ask you to attend a Voice clinic first if I feel that your issue is medical.

I believe in an approach that gives you positive, constructive ways to maintain good voice habilitation or heal.

 

I can design sessions according to your individual needs, whether that is strategies to strengthen your voice, vocal extreme training, technical work or voice for character work.

My brain can't stop, I'm always trying to improve, that's one of the reasons that I ended up helping create the first voice clinic for performers in the North East, one of only seven in the UK. I usually find a way to talk about moving your career forward too. I just can't help it.

 

If you wish to make an appointment where you put my brain to work to make your career work for you, then I'd love to help you.

ALL SESSIONS ARE CURRENTLY ONLINE

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APPOINTMENTS HELD

EDUCATION

  • Master of Letters - MLitt Music (The Role of the Voice Coach in the Voice Clinic)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice (Vocal Health)

  • CertEd - Post 16 Years Teaching Qualification

  • Company Course - Acting Training at Academy Drama School

  • Life Coach Qualification

  • The Knack - Singing Voice Training at Baylis Programme, English National Opera

  • Dartington College of Arts - Performance Art/Acting

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CONFERENCES AND TALKS

  •  'Therapy approaches for the performer: beyond direct voice exercises.'

A joint workshop with Natalie Eastwood. Newcastle Voice Conference 2022. The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. (Forthcoming - September 2022).

  •  'The Role of the Vocal Rehabilitation Coach: ethical principles and considerations.'

A joint presentation with Natalie Eastwood. Staying in Lane: Exploring the Boundry Line Between Teaching Singing and Therapeutic Practice. Voice Study Centre Symposium. (November 2021).

  • 'The Role of the Voice Coach in the Multi-disciplinary Clinic.'

Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS), (June 2021). 

  • 'Speech and Language Therapists and Vocal Coaches.'

A joint presentation with Natalie Eastwood and Professor David Clarke. North East Speech and Language Therapy Research Network Symposium. (June 2020).

  • 'Vocal Rehabilitation for Performers: the good, the bad and the elite!'

A joint presentation with Natalie Eastwood. NE Voice Clinical Excellence Network. (February 2020). 

  • 'Healthy voice in the classroom'. 

NEPS Conference. (January 2020).

  • 'Speech Language Therapists and Practitioners of Voice: building bridges and developing a symbiotic relationship'.

Postgraduate Student Research Conference at Newcastle University. (January 2020).

  • 'Muscle Tension dysphonia in Performing Artists: towards a therapeutic strategy.'

NEPG Biomedical Conference (November 2019).​​

  • ‘The Impact of a Critical Incident for Professional Voice Users.’

Voice Geek Conference (April 2019).

EXAMPLES OF WORKSHOPS (Not Comprehensive)

  • Voice Support - FAT CHANCE. Live Theatre Newcastle and Edinburgh Festival, (2022).

  • Voicing Histories - Great North Museum Hancock and Newcastle University, (2022).

  • Spoken Voice in Performance - Samling Institute for Young Artists, (2022).

  • Healthy Practice Series; Looking After Your Voice - Online. BAPAM, (2021/22).

  • A Masterclass on Vocal Health (Online) - University Chamber Choir (2021).

  • Vocal Health Workshop (Online) - Samling Institute for Young Artists, (2020).

  • Voice for Wellbeing (Online) - The Watermill Theatre, (2020).

  • Vocal Health for Actors - Theatre Royal Newcastle – Project A and Invited Professional Actors, (2020).

  • Voice for Teachers & Lecturers - Newcastle University, (2020).

  • Exploring Accents and Extreme Voices - Teesside University, (2019).

  • Vocal Health Consultancy  - Pride & Prejudice (*sort of) Blood of the Young. Northern Stage. Necastle, (2019).

  • Vocal Health Consultancy - SHINE. Live Theatre Newcastle, (2019).

  • Protecting the Touring Voice - Northumberland Theatre Company, (2019).