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From Vocal Health to Vocal Wealth!
How to help the untrained speaking voice achieve potential

Vocal Health to Vocal Wealth poster

Poster not currently availableSaturday 19th November 2016, 10am-5pm
Baden Powell House, South Kensington, London SW7 5JS

A healthy voice is an essential tool of communication in many professions.

  • Do you work on the speaking voice?
  • Are you a professional voice user yourself?
  • What problems are you dealing with and how?

This event offers perspectives on voice education for the professional voice user.

In the afternoon there will be three practical sessions in smaller groups looking at exercises and favoured techniques to experience and share, along with discussion time.

Your speakers and practitioners for the day will be: Carol Fairlamb (Head of Voice, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School), Phyllida Furse (Spoken Voice Teacher and Coach) and Carrie Garrett (Voice-Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, Singing Teacher).

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Provisional programme

Registration and refreshments

Carol Fairlamb: A warm welcome to drama school? An approach to teaching our ethnically diverse student body.
Can voice teachers be more culturally responsive in their teaching? What is dysconscious racism? What happens if we put diversity at the centre of pedagogical decision making? What questions should we be asking in the current cultural climate?

Comfort break

Phyllida Furse: Speaking Up! A report on Educating Voices in Higher Education
What are lecturers facing? What gets in the way of their ability to deliver clearly and comfortably?  Techniques and insights into the world of lecturing, including vocal health and well being issues currently affecting lecturers of diverse nationalities speaking to large international audiences.

Carrie Garrett: Hello! What can you do for me?
A run through of what it’s like standing with one foot in each camp of ‘performance’ and ‘science’ whilst working as a NHS-employed voice therapist. How I meet the challenges.


After lunch, there will be three practical sessions: delegates will be split into 3 equal groups with the speakers rotating around to each group at 2pm, 2.45pm and 4pm.

  • Carol Fairlamb's session: Sharing of practice – participants share their views and current practice
  • Phyllida Furse's session: Exercises to experience and share, with discussion
  • Carrie Garrett's session: Favoured techniques for helping the clients understand, remember and use the exercises given to them. Questions and discussion encouraged.

Practical session 1 (30 mins practical work with 15 questions)

Practical session 2 (30 mins practical work with 15 questions)


Practical session 3 (30 mins practical work with 15 questions)



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  • Early bird (until 19th October 2016)
    BVA Members: £95
    Non-members: £125
    Students: £50
  • Standard (after 19th October 2016)
    Members: £110
    Non-members: £140
    Students: £60

Includes lunch and refreshments


Carol Fairlamb

Carol Fairlamb: Head of Voice, Bristol Old Vic Theatre SchoolBA (Hons.) (Drama/Dance), MA (Voice Studies), PGCE.
Carol Fairlamb was appointed Head of Voice at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in September 2012. She trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama twentyone years ago and has taught at several drama schools including: Central, Drama Centre, LAMDA, ALRA, Italia Conti, Oxford School of Speech and Drama and ArtsEd. In 2007 she spent a year as Resident Voice Coach for Sydney Theatre Company working with Robyn Nevin and Cate Blanchett. She has worked on productions in London including ‘Riflemind’ directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and a season at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre with Tim Sheader. She has recently completed a MA in Voice Studies exploring a culturally responsive approach to voice pedagogy.

Phyllida Furse

Phyllida Furse: Spoken Voice Teacher and Coach MA Professional Voice Practice, BA Hons Modern Foreign Languages, PGCE, ALAM RSA Prep Cert TEFL.
Phyllida is a professional voice practitioner, specialising in clear, confident and healthy spoken communication. She supports a broad range of clients, including teachers, lecturers, contact centre advisers and those in the ministry. Currently she is investigating some of the vocal issues impacting non-native speakers of English who are lecturingin UK to multinational cohorts of students. At Birmingham School of Acting she is Visiting Tutor in Voice Theory (vocal anatomy and physiology) to the MA Professional Voice programme, and how to apply that knowledge in order to work successfully with clients.

In her own Studio Practice she works with groups and individuals to improve their vocal strength, clarity and confidence in front of audiences. Find Phyllida on Facebook at Phyllida Furse Professional Voice Practice, also at www.professionalvoicepractice.com

Carrie Garrett

Carrie Garrett: Voice-Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Singing Teacher, Choir Leader and SingerBA (Hons) Music/ Popular Music, BSc(Hons) Speech and Language Therapy, PGCE, cert.MRCSLT, HCPC.
Carrie is a Voice-Specialist SLT at University Hospital South Manchester where, alongside her busy therapy caseload, she co-runs the ‘Elite Voice Users’ Endoscopy Clinic with Sue M. Jones on a weekly basis. She works with voice users from a wide variety of disciplines: Singers, Broadcasters, Actors, Comedians, Teachers and individuals who present for a living. Carrie also works privately as a Voice Therapist/ Singing Teacher and details of her private practice can be found at www.carriegarrettvocals.com


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