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AGM & Study Day
QUIET COURAGE: Finding a way through the distress of voice loss

Saturday 23rd September 2023

Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road London NW1 2BJ | 10am-5.30pm

  • AGM: 10.00-10.45 – BVA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (for BVA members only)
  • STUDY DAY: 11.00-17.30 – QUIET COURAGE (for everyone)
  • Registration from 9.30am

BVA Study Day

This is an in-person event but is also being live-streamed (and recorded) – see further details below.


  • POLLY EVANS - Former BBC journalist/television presenter
  • TORI BURNAY - Speech and Language Therapist, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital
  • MARK MARDELL - Former BBC journalist/television and radio presenter, podcaster, ‘Movers and Shakers’
  • NICOLA GORB - Speech and Language Therapist, Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • ED LYON - Classical tenor, therapist and performance coach
  • THOMAS MOORS - ENT Doctor, researcher, founder of Shout At Cancer


We all need working voices to communicate effectively and confidently. A few days of laryngitis may be uncomfortable and inconvenient. But imagine living with a voice that fails you at crucial moments or is constantly fatigued; or dealing with the fear that your voice may be lost indefinitely or possibly forever. Whether the causes are functional, organic or psychological voice problems are devastating, affecting work and leisure, education, family life and relationships.

This BVA Study Day is for anyone with a personal or professional interest in long-term voice problems: speech and language therapists, drama and singing teachers, vocal coaches, physical therapists, doctors, and performers. We gain the perspectives of those who have suffered voice loss and those who treat them, learning about helpful therapeutic approaches such as speech therapy, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), and Botox amongst others.

For professional voice users or those whose job demands constant use the impact of vocal issues can be profound. So we are delighted to be welcoming two former BBC broadcasters who will share their experiences of voice loss with us: Polly Evans, in conversation with Tori Burnay (speech and language therapist, Guys and St Thomas’) on losing her job as a BBC South East news anchor as well as her voice, and the rehabilitative therapy she has received; Mark Mardell was a journalist and reporter of international repute until Parkinsons’ Disease precipitated the end of a full-time career in broadcasting.

Nicola Gorb (Great Ormond Street Hospital) is a clinical speech and language therapist with a special interest in paediatric voice, psychogenic issues and aphasia. With one of her young former patients, she shares some of her therapeutic approaches, with insights into the experience of facing a life-long voice disorder.

Ed Lyon combines a career as international classical tenor with his work as a therapist and performance coach, working with clients from a variety of backgrounds, including artistic performers.

Renowned for his ‘out of the box’ approach Dr Thomas Moors (laryngologist and founder/Executive Director) outlines the ‘Shout At Cancer’ therapeutic approach to speech recovery and social reintegration after laryngectomy (surgical removal of voice box). www.soundvoice.org

Event timetable:

  • 11.00-13.00 - Morning presentations
  • 13.00-14.00 - Lunch
  • 14.00-15.30 - Afternoon presentations
  • 15.30-16.00 - Break
  • 16.00-17.30 - Final presentations


  • BVA members: £110/£90 (early bird rate up to 25 August)
  • Non-BVA: £125 /£105 (early bird rate up to 25 August)
  • Student (must be in full time education): £40
  • Prices DO NOT include lunch. A range of food options is available in the Euston area.
  • Live-stream attendance: £75
  • Recording only: £75

Please note that everyone who signs up for this event will be sent a recording afterwards and it will be available for 3 months..


Eventbrite link: here

PLEASE NOTE: Online registration finishes at:

  • For attending in person: 12noon on Wednesday 20th September 2023 After this, please email the BVA office for availability: administrator@britishvoiceassociation.org.uk
  • For live-streamed/recording: 9am on Friday 22nd September 2023

Cancellation policy for a BVA event

In the event an applicant cancels their place at a BVA course or conference, they are entitled to the following refund:

  • 4 weeks or more = 90% refund
  • Between 4 -1 weeks = 25% refund
  • From 1 week to the day of event = no refund (under any circumstances, including illness)

Online: The BVA is not responsible for Internet speed or any other connection issues you may encounter. We do not offer refunds for bandwidth, connection or latency issues, these should be taken up with your Internet Service Provider.

Should the BVA cancel a course, a full refund will be offered.

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