I've been teaching singing for over twenty-five years now,
both at home and at a couple of universities,
and over that time I've figured out my strengths and my priorities,
and here's what I think I bring to my students.
It's about confidence, and freedom. I won't tell you you're good when you're not, but I will really encourage you to be the best you can be.
There's no alternative to the basic stuff. You have to breathe well, understand what's happening physically, identify what's getting in the way (and lose it), and develop the space, resonance, timbres and registers that are your true voice.
All singing is good. You have a big voice and love opera? I can help you work on that and discover what makes big into beautiful. You love the theatrical? I can show you how to produce the different sounds required on the contemporary stage, from twang to belt and beyond. Love Lieder? Let's work on how you marry the very best vocal technique with the utmost respect for the words. Or maybe you're just struggling finding the notes? I've yet to meet someone who truly can't sing. You may think you're a bit dodgy, and your own mother may ask you to stick to the recorder, but I see you as an uncarved block.
You don't have to be taught by a singer, but it helps. I've performed on stages and in concert halls across Europe, and I know how it feels. I know what makes for a good performance and what to beware of.
You don't have to read music. But sometimes it makes life a whole lot easier. And I love teaching students about harmony and rhythm, and everything that music's made of.
Performance is a skill to be learned. If you want to be a performer, I can provide you with the tools to build your craft. If your initial aim is a place in college, I have a wealth of experience in getting people through auditions. If you think you're not a performer, I'll show you why every singer needs some of these skills to let your voice soar.
'His enthusiasm and encouragement enable his pupils to achieve amazing and seemingly impossible goals'
'An exceptional teacher. Always encouraging with oodles of patience'
'Fantastic teacher, patient and encouraging at all times'
'Without question the best singing teacher I have ever had'
'Helped me change career and follow my dream'
Here's all the practical stuff you need to know
Who I teach:
Students hoping to get into college or get an Oxbridge scholarship
Professional singers and actors
Singers from local choirs or music theatre societies
People who've never sung, or who think they can't sing
People who are anxious about the effect of the old anno domini
In short, anyone who wants to learn
What I teach:
Preparation for auditions, exams and festivals
Just learning songs or arias for the fun of it
Who I've taught:
My students have auditioned successfully at ArtsEd, Guildhall, Mountview, GSA, Oxbridge, RNCM, Birmingham, Bristol Old Vic, Bird and others
Former students have ended up in West End shows like Les Mis, Mamma Mia!, Miss Saigon and Jersey Boys
Where I teach:
I teach in a studio at the Salisbury Cycling Club, Salt Lane, Salisbury SP1 1DU. I teach for an hour at a time, and I charge £50 a lesson. For payment, I take cards or BACS payments. I also have gift vouchers available
When I teach:
You can view my teaching timetable below. To book a time, just email me via the Contact page
Where I learnt:
I studied classical singing, jazz and singing teaching at the Guildhall School in London, and also have an MA in musicology from the University of Southampton. I've taken Estill courses (levels 1 and 2). And I'm a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and Equity.