South East Area 2018 Professional Development Day

South East Area 2018 Professional Development Day

Event Details

Moving on – techniques for music theatre singing in the 21st century

with Gillyanne Kayes

Sunday 20 May 2018

London College of Music

Following her exciting and engaging presentation at our summer conference, we are delighted to welcome internationally renowned vocal coach and teacher Dr Gillyanne Kayes to present a day of sessions which explore musical theatre techniques, offering new tools and ideas that teachers can use as part of their everyday practice. There will also be a session on vocal health, with various case studies, and an afternoon masterclass led by Gillyanne, where she will present practical demonstrations of the techniques covered during the morning lectures.

“Musical theatre is a fast-moving genre that is strongly influenced by developments in popular music. Sometimes it feels like we only just caught up with Jason Robert Brown and along comes Lin-Manuel Miranda.

“At our training institutions, students of musical theatre feel under huge pressure to produce so-called ‘industry sounds’. Are we in danger of forgetting to develop the artist and the singer inside in order to deliver this or that ‘mix’ or a belted high note?” asks Gillyanne.

She will share her insights on the state of musical theatre training today from her perspective as author of Singing and the Actor. She will offer practical tips for teachers who might not have trained in musical theatre themselves, but whose students are inspired to sing this material.

During the afternoon, Gillyanne will share some relevant case histories of singers she has worked with.

Throughout the day, techniques and approaches to performance will be demonstrated with singers in an informal masterclass setting, and there will be time for questions and discussion.

Dr Gillyanne Kayes

Gillyanne Kayes is a singing teacher, author and voice researcher. She has more than 30 years’ experience working as a singing teacher, and is a recognised expert on vocal technique and problem-solving. She has a PhD on female voice use in different musical genres and frequently leads training workshops for teachers in the UK and Europe. Her published works include Singing and the Actor, chapters for the Oxford Handbook of Singing, the Singing Express series, and This is a Voice, co-authored with husband Jeremy Fisher and commissioned by the Wellcome Trust. She has just been appointed Visiting Professor to the London College of Music.


  • 10am: Coffee
  • 10:30am: Musical theatre techniques for classical singers, part 1
  • 11.20am: Workshop/masterclass
  • 12.15pm: Vocal health
  • 1pm: Lunch
  • 2pm: Musical theatre techniques for classical singers, part 2
  • 3pm: Workshop/masterclass
  • 4pm: Plenary: Keeping singers functional and healthy – some case histories.
  • 4.15pm: Question and answer session
  • 4.30pm: Finish


  • Tea, coffee and water provided at registration and lunch
  • Sorry, no lunches available – you can use local shops or bring your own packed lunch


  • Members: £45
  • Non-members: £55
  • Students: £25
  • Members bringing a non-member guest or guests: £40 each


Getting there

By train

The nearest train station is Ealing Broadway. This is on the Central and District lines for the underground or main line services from Paddington. Please check engineering works as it is a Sunday!

By car

Use the address above. There is parking on site from 9.30am; all cars must have left the premises by 6pm.

Contact South East Representative Edwin Pitt Mansfield with any queries.