South West Professional Development Day 2020

Past event: Sunday 8 March 2020

Creative Innovation Centre, Taunton

Hormones and the voice
– how singing is affected by hormonal changes throughout life
with Jenevora Williams

Hormones will affect the voice throughout the lifespan for both male and female voices. This day will be a look at how we are influenced by hormonal changes from adolescence, menses, pregnancy, menopause and ageing. This will include the question of gender identity in singers and managing the process of gender transition.

A unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of vocal function, gain new perspectives on your own practice and become a more effective teacher.

Jenevora Williams

Jenevora Williams

Dr Jenevora Williams is a passionate pedagogue and a leading exponent in the field of vocal health and singing teaching. She was the first singing teacher to be awarded a PhD in voice science in the UK, and won the British Voice Association’s 2010 Van Lawrence Prize for her outstanding contribution to voice research. As you would expect for someone who has always been interested in advanced training for young singers; her PhD research looked into the vocal health of intensively trained child singers.

She has taught elite musicians at the Yehudi Menuhin School; and was singing consultant and teacher-in-residence for the National Youth Choir for twenty years. She has taught singing at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, as well as young adults at the Guildford School of Acting and many universities. She has been the singing teacher for the choristers at St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, as well as a consultant teacher for many other British cathedral foundations.

Timetable for the day

10.30am: Coffee and tea
11am: Morning session
1pm: Lunch
2pm: Afternoon session
3.30pm: Masterclass with singers to show how hormonal issues can be managed
4.30pm: Plenary session
5pm: End of the day

Organised by South West Area Representative, Adrienne Hale