1. What is the first thing you do to warm up?
Personally I like to blow bubbles gentle through a straw in water. With students, either a light siren or lip trills
2. What’s your favourite song to sing?
A Quiet Thing from flora the red menace
3. Which song do you think is the hardest song to sing and Why?
Any song which you know too well where you struggle to start again with technique as opposed to trying to sing either like the soundtrack or how you’ve been singing it (terribly) since you were 10!
4. Which singer do you admire the most and why?
Jenna Russell - she is an actress first and foremost and her voice is driven by emotion rather than technique
5. What what your favourite job as a singer?
Beggars Opera - loved singing with the worlds most famous baroque orchestra and learnt so much about music and my voice.
6. Is there one singing technique that changed your life?
SLS - getting my folds together.
7. Where did you train as a singers and/or vocal coach?
BSA and Royal Academy of Music
8. What’s your favourite thing about teaching singing?
Seeing the enjoyment and release and confidence my students get from finding their voice.
9. What is a common challenge you see in singers?
Bad habits of over pronating in lower range and unable to keep fold closure about the break.
10. What’s the best tip you can give a singer?
Invert (always think down if you’re going up and vise versa)
11. How do you approach audition nerves?
Practice and a little swig of cognac
12. How would you save a tired voice?
Water, vocal rest, steam and blowing bubbles
13. Who’s the best singing teacher you’ve ever had?
My first singing teacher, hands down.
14. What do you think to people who say that you need different coaches for different styles of singing?
Fair enough. We’re all different. I did not get on with Estill technique at all and needed a new coach teaching SLS to help me
15. Which is your favourite vowel to sing on and why?
Eee - most closed vowel and easy to manipulate into other vowel positions to make different sounds
16. Do you feel resonance in your body and do you use that feeling when you sing?
17. What does ‘support’ mean to you?
Using my body as the strong structure that's doing all the work allowing my breath and tone to work freely
18. Do you think that anyone can learn to sing?
19. How do you approach ‘belt’ in singers?
Must be old enough and have a strong enough speech/ mix tone. Then we’ll work on using body engagement and support and practice speaking on pitch
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