Autumn 2021 Conference: Presenters

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About the presenters

Anita Morrison

Working with boy trebles – joys and challenges

An Alumna of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and National Opera Studio, Anita Morrison’s performing career spanned opera, oratorio and lieder. She is particularly known for her teaching of trebles and taught the choristers of Westminster Cathedral for nearly 30 years (from 1990-2019). She was awarded an Honorary ARSCM in 2017 in recognition of her outstanding work in this area following the publication of ‘The Chorister and the Racing Car – A Guide to High Performance Singing’, a vocal health guide for choristers. She currently teaches the choristers at St. George’s Windsor Castle, St. John’s College Cambridge, London Oratory Schola Cantorum and Cardinal Vaughan Schola Cantorum. She also teaches the choral scholars of Selwyn College Cambridge, is a vocal coach to The London Symphony Chorus and has a busy private teaching practice.

An intrinsic belief in the importance of good body use led Anita to train as a Practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method®, a somatic movement education system. She teaches regular classes and has given Feldenkrais workshops for singers at the GSMD, Leeds College of Music, Voice Workshop and the British Voice Association. The principles of Feldenkrais underpin all of her teaching with its emphasis on safe, healthy learning.

Professor Martin Ashley

Male voices at the onset of puberty – when, exactly, is the 'onset of puberty'?

Martin Ashley is currently editor-in-chief of the research journal of the Association of British Choral Directors, having retired as Head of Education Research at Edge Hill University in 2013. Trained as a middle school music teacher, he worked in a variety of school settings before moving to the University of the West of England, gaining a post-doctoral fellowship for musical learning and boys’ understanding of voice.

An AHRC funded collaboration with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and University of York resulted in significant outputs on “cambiata” and the adolescent male voice. He has published widely on singing during early adolescence, working with a paediatric specialist on the timing of puberty and voice change. He has published work on historical trends in puberty, Tudor pitch and the sixteenth century mean voice. His most recent book was Singing in the Lower Secondary School for OUP.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, he assembled a small team of virologists and public health professionals to produce a rapid response review for ABCD and a smartphone app to monitor risk mitigation in choral singing, for which he received the Sir Charles Grove prize for outstanding contribution to the musical life of the country.

Lucy Joy Morris

National Youth Choirs of Great Britain – Boys' Choir

Lucy Joy Morris is a leading conductor and music educator, and an advocate for keeping boys singing through adolescence. In 2019 she was appointed Principal Conductor of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain Boys’ Choir, and regularly works with several of the most successful youth choir organisations in the UK. Since being appointed conductor of Taplow Boys’ and Children’s Choirs in 2015, Lucy Joy has become increasingly adept to the challenge and rewards of supporting boys through the voice change. From massed school singing festivals and workshops to award-winning youth choirs, she puts an educational focus at the heart of her work, inspiring and encouraging the next generation.

Sam Oladeinde

When I Grow Up – A Musical Theatre workshop

British-Nigerian actor Sam Oladeinde most recently starred as Young Scrooge & Fred Anderson in the West End production of A Christmas Carol. Sam was also understudy Ramses in the original West End cast of The Prince of Egypt, which had its world premier at the Dominion Theatre, London in February 2020. He originated the role of Lord Pinkleton in the UK premiere of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (in concert) at Cadogan Hall and played Motumbo/Guard in The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London. Sam made his professional debut as a principal standby & swing in the original West End cast of Hamilton, understudying Burr, Lafayette/Jefferson and Mulligan/Madison.

Sam completed a Masters (with distinction) at the Royal Academy of Music in 2018, fully-funded by an inaugural scholarship from Disney Theatrical Productions. He previously read Law and held a choral scholarship at St John’s College, Cambridge, and qualified as a solicitor in a premier international law firm.

Sam is involved in a diverse range of plays, films, workshops, musicals, concerts and projects around the UK and abroad.

Eton College Singing Department

'Boys ... in their own words'