What can I help you with? 

If you have a voice issue and it has lasted more than 2-3 weeks or persisted for more than 2 weeks after the resolution of a viral or bacterial upper respiratory infection, before working with me, I request that you follow the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) recommendation and get a referral to a specialist voice clinic. 


Vocal symptoms might include, loss of range, power, flexibility, pain, fatigue, hoarseness, gaps in range, delayed onset of phonation, increased recovery or warm-up time, chronic throat-clearing, or a sensation of a lump in the throat (globus).

 

If you live in the North East, UK and have a vocal issue, you could be referred to the Freeman Hospital's Speech and Language Therapy Department, where we run the Elite Performers Clinic (sounds fancy, but the clinic is for anyone who loves to perform and is experiencing difficulty with their singing or spoken voice). This highly specialist clinic runs once a month.


I work in the Elite Performers Clinic where I am supervised by Clinical Lead SLT Natalie Eastwood. Between us, we have over 40 years of experience, and we will do all we can to support you on a journey to recovery.

To undertake this role, I work as a volunteer. I am guided by a comprehensive hospital contract, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT Assistant), and the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine's stringent competencies and codes of practice.

 

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

BAPAM have developed a document and recommended other NHS Specialist Voice Clinics around the UK.

This resource is valuable when visiting your GP to ask for a referral because some GPs are unaware that such services are available. The Vocal Health Referral recommendations document is available here

You can find more performers' health-related fact sheets here


If you make a proportion of your living from or study in the performing arts and have a health problem related to your work, BAPAM provides free clinics to help with issues including creative practice-related injuries and pain, muscular tension, voice problems, hypermobility, performance anxiety, work-related mental health concerns and other psychological issues. You can find out more here

I am often contacted about vocal massage. Again, I take my guidance from BAPAM and my clinical colleagues:

We recommend that manual therapy techniques applied to the head, neck and larynx should only be performed in clinical environments by [...] registered professionals. 

For more information, please see: BAPAM, 2019.

                                                                         

                                                                                                                    

 

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. (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).

                               

Please note I do not have the capacity for new clients until 2023.