North Area Development Day 2017

North Area Development Day 2017

Event Details

Putting theory into practice – making sense of vocal science

with Gillyanne Kayes

Saturday 11 March 2017

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.

Getting there

Registration is from 10am, and coffee will be available. There are plenty of good food outlets close by including Cafe Northcote, Cafe in the Crypt and Turtle Bay in the Cathedral Quarter.

There will be a meeting going on upstairs, so please use the Vicar Street entrance to the Hall.

The address of the venue is:
Blackburn Salvation Army Hall
Vicar Street

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

There is a free car park on Starkie Street, next to the Salvation Army Hall.

  • Access to Starkie Street is via Vicar Street, opposite Morrisons Supermarket.
  • The car park is permit holders only during the week, but free at weekends.

If Starkie Street is full (I’m told that there are usually plenty of spaces), there is four-hour parking on the third level of Morrisons’ car park for £2. The lower levels spaces are limited to two hours. There are other car parks a short walk away (five minutes or less) and you can find them on

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


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

Contact North Representative Rachel Little with any queries, or book online now and pay by credit card, debit card or Paypal.