Putting theory into practice

making sense of vocal science

with Gillyanne Kayes

Saturday 11 March 2017

  • Blackburn Salvation Army Hall, Salford, Blackburn, BB1 5BE

Gillyanne Kayes - talking through the song journeyDuring the first part of the day, the aim is to explore some key aspects of vocal function in the light of findings from voice science, including clinical and acoustic understanding of voice. Gillyanne will share her experience of how a more scientific understanding of voice has enhanced her own teaching practice, including some case histories. On Gillyanne’s list for discussion are:

  • breath and voicing
  • how singers manage range
  • what we really mean by resonance.

During the afternoon Gillyanne will work with singers in an informal masterclass setting. There will be time for her to share the how and why of what she does with the singers to help them change or improve their performance.

About Gillyanne Kayes

Gillyanne Kayes is a singing voice expert, researcher, and author of numerous works on singing voice. She has over 30 years hands-on experience of working with singers and teachers of different musical genres. For her doctoral thesis she investigated acoustic, physiological and perceptual aspects of female voice use in different genres. Internationally recognised for her insight into function of singing voice, Gillyanne has given papers and workshops at numerous conferences.

Her best known published work is Singing and the Actor, which highlights the differences between classical and musical theatre vocal training. It has become a core text in the field and is widely recommended as a resource for teachers and performers working in non-classical genres. Other published works include Successful Singing Auditions (with Jeremy Fisher), the Singing Express series (with Jeremy Fisher and Ana Sanderson ) and the new This is a Voice book commissioned by the Wellcome Trust (with Jeremy Fisher). Academic writings include two chapters for the Oxford Handbook of Singing and a publication on genre differences for the Journal of Voice.

Together with her husband Jeremy Fisher, Gillyanne owns and runs Vocal Process, a private voice education company providing continuing professional development for vocal trainers, choral leaders and vocal performers.


  • 10am: registration – coffee available
  • 10.30am: start
  • 4.30pm: finish

The Hall is less than five minutes’ walk from Blackburn Railway station and close to lots of good food outlets.


  • Members: £50
  • Non-members: £55
  • Students: £25
  • Members bringing a non-member guest or guests: £40 each

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Rachel Little

Area Representative: Rachel Little

I am delighted to have been entrusted with the role of North Representative for AOTOS, although I am slightly daunted by the task at hand, given the huge area it covers. I look forward to meeting you at one of our local, or national events, but in the meantime, I would love to hear any ideas you have about our area development days or of how to spread the word about this wonderful, national society of ours. Rachel Little

More about Rachel Little, North Area Representative

Previous North Area events

March 2014: ‘Mirror Mirror’ – masterclasses for teachers with Patricia MacMahon, in Windermere

April 2013: Lucinda Mackworth-Young, in Sheffield


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