the british voice association


Poster for Working with Young Performers

Working with young performers in choirs, theatre and in training

Saturday 12th November 2022 : 10:00 - 16:30 GMT

Bridewell Hall
St. Bride Foundation
14, Bride Lane

Whether singing in school, choir or on stage, care must be taken to set up our young singers for a lifetime of healthy and joyous singing.

At this event, we'll be exploring insights from diverse speakers. Taking a whistle stop tour from an overview of vocal development, strategies for managing voice change and engagement of choirs to management of young professionals and common pathologies of the young voice.


10.00 Training and Sustaining Young West End performers Liz Flint, Vocal Coach, Matilda
11.00 Working with choristers James Vivian, Director of Music and Master of the Choristers, St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
11:45 Tea/coffee break
12:10 The Young voice – from infancy to adolescence and common voice issues with management Lizzie Nash, Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist, The Evelina Hospital, London
13:00 Lunch break - please note, lunch is not provided
13:45 Anita Morrison Masterclass with Young Singers Anita Morrison, Singing Teacher and Feldenkrais Practitioner
Timothy Evans, Pianist
15:30 Tea/coffee break
15:50 Choosing appropriate repertoire Frith Trezevant, Singing Teacher
16:20 Discussion and Q&A
16:30 Close



Liz Flint

Liz Flint

Liz has been Resident Voice Coach on the RSC’s Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre since 2014. She has worked on a multitude of shows with children including Motown - The Musical (Shaftesbury), Adrian Mole - The Musical (Ambassadors), The Lion King (Lyceum), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane). Other voice and dialect work includes Matilda - The Movie (Netflix), & Juliet (Shaftesbury), The Shark is Broken (Ambassadors), Singin’ In The Rain, Guys and Dolls, High Society (Mill at Sonning), Groundhog Day (Old Vic), The End of Eddy (Unicorn).

Liz has been a visiting lecturer at Chichester University Conservatoire, Central School of Speech and Drama, E15, ALRA, Oxford School of Drama, Urdang Academy, and spent a year as Head of Voice at Unitec, a leading drama university course in New Zealand.

Liz was recently selected as one of the backstage professionals to appear in the Official London Theatre’s Back on Stage Campaign and was photographed by Rankin for a high profile exhibition that received widespread media coverage.


James Vivian

James Vivian

James Vivian took up the position of Organist & Director of Music at St George's Chapel, Windsor, in 2013. In this role, he has been responsible for providing music at three Royal weddings (including that of the The Duke and Duchess of Sussex), the funerals of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and Queen Elizabeth II, in addition to other Royal services such as Garter Day and Royal Maundy.

He was educated as a Music Scholar at Malvern College, was acting-Assistant Organist of Lincoln Cathedral and was Organ Scholar of King's College, Cambridge where – for four years - he worked with Sir Stephen Cleobury. From 2006 until 2013, he was Director of Music of the historic Temple Church in London, where he presided over the choir of men and boys.

James has recorded on many labels (including Decca, EMI, Universal, Sony BMG, Hyperion Records, Signum and Priory) and has broadcast and performed concerts worldwide. He has been an examiner for both The Royal College of Organists and The Royal Academy of Music and, in 2013, became an Honorary Master of the Bench of Middle Temple in recognition of his contribution to the Temple.


Lizzie Nash

Lizzie Nash

Lizzie Nash MSc BSc (Hons) Cert.MRCSLT MHCPC is a children's Speech and Language Therapist and is Service Lead at Evelina London Children's Hospital. She has been practicing in varying community and acute settings since qualifying from UCL in 1999. For the past 18 years she has specialised in tracheostomy and voice in roles at Great Ormond Street Hospital and at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, and been a clinical tutor at UCL teaching Speech and Language Therapy students. In 2008 she completed her MSc at City University and her research was on voice outcomes following laryngotracheal reconstruction surgery, specifically supraglottic voice.

She has contributed to research studies and co-authored book chapters. Lizzie is part of a multi-disciplinary team. She and her ENT colleagues established the voice clinic at Evelina London in 2017 where patients undergo video-laryngostroboscopy, one of only a few in the UK that is solely for children and young people.

Lizzie is a parent to two children, is a school governor for three South London primary schools and, singing has played an important part in her life.


Anita Morrison

Anita Morrison

An Alumna of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and National Opera Studio, Anita'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 her vocal health for choristers book ‘The Chorister and the Racing Car – A Guide to High Performance Singing’. 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.

Anita has been a guest tutor on Eton Choral Courses for more than 25 years (now The Rodolfus Choral Courses) and was on the visiting music staff at Eton College for 20 of those so has a great deal of experience working with changing voices. Anita was also a member of the vocal staff at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for several years but, in order to develop in other areas has now given up this position. An intrinsic belief in the importance of good body use led Anita to train as a Feldenkrais Practitioner. She teaches regular classes and workshops and has given Feldenkrais workshops for singers at the GSMD, Leeds College of Music and for Voice Workshop, the British Voice Association and Association of Teachers of Singing.


Timothy Evans

Timothy Evans

Timothy Evans was born in Auckland, New Zealand and completed a piano performance degree with First Class Honours in 1996 at the University of Auckland where he studied with Bryan Sayer.

Timothy has been based in London since 2004 where he has worked on the West End productions of Gone With The Wind, Marguerite, Mary Poppins, Chicago, The Drowsy Chaperone, Legally Blonde, Love Never Dies and An American In Paris as well as the U.K. tours of Legally Blonde, Oliver! and Les Misérables. Timothy currently works on both Les Misérables (the original version at the Queen's Theatre, the concert version at the Gielgud Theatre and, now, the new version at the Sondheim Theatre) and Matilda in the West End.

Timothy has performed twice in the presence of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales and has performed with both the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Timothy has performed at all of the major concert venues in New Zealand as well as at the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall in New York and at leading London concert venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican. Timothy has also been Musical Director and pianist for international classical crossover artist Hayley Westenra since 2009. He has toured the U.K. with Hayley four times as well as accompanying her on multiple tours of Japan, Taiwan, China, the U.S.A. and New Zealand.


Frith Trezevant

Frith Trezevant

Frith is a career teacher from New Zealand, currently finishing an MEd in Music Education at the Royal College of Music where she is on the vocal staff of the Junior Department. She also teaches at Saint Paul's Girls' School and in private practice in Bristol where she lives with her husband, Ni, who is a film animator.

Frith finds inspiration in working with singers at all stages of their development, and works alongside voice health professionals in Bristol with singers who have had therapy or surgery. She enjoys collaborative coaching with choirs. Her current academic interest is in the teaching of singers who are also wind instrumentalists.

Frith enjoys wildlife gardening, rambling, cycling, cooking and pottery.


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