Summer 2024 Conference: Presenters

Conference presenters and panellists are listed alphabetically

Lynne Dawson Summer Conference 2024

Lynne Dawson

Lynne Dawson trained first as a translator and interpreter and worked in industry for several years, followed by a short period of training before being quickly drawn into full-time singing when she was invited to join the Deller Consort. This preceded an international performance career spanning more than three decades in concerts, opera and recordings when she worked with some of the world's greatest orchestras and conductors and made more than 80 recordings for many of the major classical labels.

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Her repertoire was hugely varied and she often worked with Chamber Orchestras and leading proponents of Baroque and Classical repertoire, as well as contemporary composers such as Arvo Part. She began teaching in 2006 and since 2010 has been Head of School at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher

Jeremy Fisher

Jeremy Fisher is a national prizewinning collaborative pianist, CPD accredited multi-genre vocal coach and multiple bestselling author on vocal performance techniques. He has performed in every venue imaginable, including a tank museum, in front of the royal family at Madame Tussauds, and 150 feet underground in a pothole. 

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Jeremy is the driving force behind the Vocal Process Learning Lounge with over 600 voice training resources. Jeremy’s goal is to help people discover who they are as singers and teachers. He uses a combination of practical techniques, cutting-edge vocal physiology, high-level musicianship, and performance intuition to help singers and singing teachers access their own unique skills.

Nicola Harrison Embodima Summer Conference 2024

Nicola Harrison

Nicola Harrison, mezzo-soprano, is a passionate teacher of singing with a strong interest in all aspects of singing and performance from anatomy to artistry, and all that lies between. Her unique portfolio of skills in vocal, literary, medical, musical and pedagogical disciplines and her joint expertise as both a creative and an academic writer come together in the Embodima system.

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With specialisms in anatomy, ENT and voice clinic following a degree in nursing, a second degree in English from University of Oxford, PGCE in Education and career as singer, performer and vocal pedagogue, her research into the vocal instrument, focusing on clarifying the language we use to teach singing and the use of imagery in accessing the muscles of vocal support has been presented nationally and internationally.

Her specialism in poetry and music has led to an extensive portfolio of original writing, with multiple shows of words, song and music arranged for small bands and ensembles, a touring company, and two published books of poetry. She is much in demand as both a singer and performance poet, with Arts Council funded tours and collaborations with outstanding artists.

She has written two books about poetry and music for singers – The Wordsmith’s Guide: Poetry, Music and Imagination. For many years she wrote a personal column in The Singer and Classical Music Magazine about poetry and music and performance. As a former journalist she has also written for other music-related media such as British Music magazine, and a variety of newspapers, journals and radio on matters of words and music. She co-wrote the anatomy book ‘A Singer’s Guide to the Larynx’ with Dr Alan Watson and has, after 12 years’ testing, research and study with him on the neuroscience of motor training for singers (at Universities of Cardiff and Oxford), created the image workbook and launched the course: Embodima: Kinaesthetic Motor Imagery for Training Singers. A further motor training tool - The Embotube – was created in 2021.

Nicola is currently Lecturer in Singing and Interpretation at Pembroke College Oxford, where she teaches singing to music undergraduates and graduates with a strong focus on vocal anatomy and technique. Previous students have won international prizes, scholarships, Olivier Awards, performed at the Royal Variety show, sung in a private audience for the Queen and had Oscar nominations. She has coached several Oxford University choirs, was involved in setting up the singing course at the Billy Elliot Academy in Leeds with Mary Hammond, and has a current project drawing together shanty singing communities in London.

She won a Major Award to Oxford University. She also won the prestigious Wolfson Prize from Westminster Hospital, and two further scholarships, one of them to study with mezzo Pamela Bowden with whom she studied classical singing. She continued her vocal studies with the acclaimed vocal pedagogue and mentor, Pam Cook, MBE (RNCM), and subsequently with the legendary Spanish mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza in Madrid.

Dr Gillyanne Kayes

Dr Gillyanne Kayes

Gillyanne Kayes has been working with voices for over 45 years and has a special interest in vocal function, and how this is realised in different types of singing. Her clients include theatre, cabaret and recording artists as well as singers needing post rehabilitation work.

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Gillyanne is published by Bloomsbury, Methuen, Harper and Collins and the Wellcome foundation, is author of the opening chapter of the Oxford Handbook of Singing and has contributed numerous chapters to other pedagogy-relevant works.

Gillyanne’s mission is to promote collaboration, learning and growth within the singing teaching community.

Together with husband Jeremy Fisher she leads a 12-month CPD-validated training course for singing teachers.

Rebecca Moseley-Morgan

Rebecca Moseley-Morgan

Rebecca Moseley-Morgan is a former opera singer, turned musicologist and voice science researcher. She has recently completed a 10-year longitudinal doctoral research project on the functionality of the mature voice. There has been very little research in this area and this comprehensive study is major contribution to this field.

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Rebecca is now recognised as a leading pedagogue for working with older voices. She is the only singing teacher to have researched this topic in such depth and she can offer help to singers who have lost vocal function due to age-related problems. Her goal is to ensure that each singer sings with maximum efficiency and minimum of effort in order to maintain vocal functionality over time.

Much of her current work involves vocal rehabilitation of the older voice through creating targeted vocal exercise regimes. She has presented her work at many major conferences throughout Europe, the USA and the UK.

She works with individual singers and choirs both professional and amateur. Her plans for the future include writing a book on pedagogy for the older voice and furthering her research work in particular looking at age-related singers in differing genres or music and age-related changes to the male voice.

Jo Sear Summer Conference 2024

Jo Sear

Jo Sear has been singing rock, pop and soul music all her life. She joined her first professional working band at age 21 and has been behind a microphone ever since, singing lead and backing vocals in a wide variety of rock, soul and blues bands, working as a session singer and taking part in many stage productions, including several at the London Palladium. Her current band is Soul Enforcement Bureau, an 8-piece professional soul band.

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She has been a teacher of CCM singing styles exclusively for over 17 years, working both privately and within secondary and dance schools. She has trained extensively in many different areas of voice study, including the Estill Model, advanced anatomy and voice acoustics, and has taught a wide range of students, from amateurs to professionals. She completed her MA in Voice Pedagogy with Distinction in April 2021 and is a passionate advocate of the importance of training more rock/pop teachers and conducting more contemporary voice research. Her final dissertation project - a research-based curriculum outline for training Popular Music singing teachers - has recently been published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Popular Music Education.

Jo began PhD study at the Royal Northern College of Music in September 2023 on the institution’s Music Education pathway. She is a member of APME, AOTOS and the British Voice Association and has presented for the BVA on several occasions.

Kate Valentine Summer Conference 2024

Kate Valentine

Founder of Valentine Voice Care, Kate Valentine specialises in Vocal Health Triage, Vocal Massage and Laryngeal Manual Therapy, Vocal Health management, and Injury Prevention. She has undergone extensive training as a massage therapist with the Sports Massage Academy, VoiceRelease Massage© in Switzerland, Vocal Massage, Manual Therapy and Laryngeal Manipulation with Stephen King at the Voice Care Centre, and Manual Therapy for Speech and Swallowing disorders with Walt Fritz.

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Kate is a certified Vocal Health First Aid practitioner and has undergone professional development in Functional Anatomy, Advanced Vocal Anatomy and Counselling skills for Singing Teachers.

As well as managing ‘Valentine Voice Care’ centres in Lewes and Glasgow, Kate manages a busy client list including English National Opera, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Voces8, BYO and The Dunedin Consort. She is a guest lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, presents regularly on Vocal Health and Injury Prevention, and one of the core multidisciplinary team at the Voice Care Centre in London.

Kate is a member of British Voice Association and Vocal Health Education, registered with the Federation of Holistic Therapists and the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine and a trusted practitioner with Help Musicians.