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World Voice Day 2019


World Voice Day (branding)

The British Voice Association's contribution to World Voice Day 2019

Copng with Colds (leaflet cover)

For World Voice Day 2019 the British Voice Association added to its collection of information leaflets in honour of the occasion. The title of the 2019 leaflet was “Coping with colds: a guide to voice care during upper respiratory tract infections”.  We cannot prevent colds, or upper respiratory tract infections as they are known in medical terminology, but there are things we can do to reduce the symptoms and to make sure we recover as quickly as possible.

The leaflet was circulated to our membership and made available to download from our 'Free resources' page.


World Voice Day around the UK in 2019

Beach Muscle Co

In celebration of World Voice Day 2019, we celebrated healthy voices and the importance of voice and artistic expression in our daily lives. We pulled together a new workout grime playlist on Spotify in appreciation of how voice enables the ability to inspire and to have aspired. 

Tina K Patel, Digital Marketing Manager


Kent Community Health NHS Trust

Kent Community Health NHS Trust sent out tweets during the day – we celebrated voices as well as telling people to access our help if they have a voice problem and signposted people to the BVA website for advice leaflets.

Annie Elias, Consultant Speech and Language Therapist in Voice


The youth ensemble I direct held a concert on the evening of 16th April 2019.  We had the most fantastic venue (Haddon Hall in Derbyshire) for it – we raised funds to take them to the Llangollen Eisteddfod in the summer.

Kate Huddie, Soprano, Singing Teacher


Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Teaching Hospitals

In Liverpool, Sally Dennis, Jo Clayton and Mr. Chris Webb invited professional voice users to attend a Voice Clinic Event at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Teaching Hospitals. Vocal coaches and Voice teachers from Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, the Musical Theatre Department at Edge Hill University, the Hammond School for Performing Arts in Chester, Leeds College of Music and Pro Vox Liverpool Vocal training attended the event at our voice clinic. There was access to live laryngoscopy demonstration and discussion about voice disorders, professional voice users, voice care and working with students with voice problems. We talked about how and when to access assessment in the voice clinic, including via the GP choose and book system. We described what patients may expect from the assessment process and the range of intervention and support that is available.

Thank you to all who attended and took part!

Mr. Chris Webb (ENT Consultant, RLBUHT), Jo Clayton (Speech and Language Therapist, Clinical Specialist In Voice/ENT, RLBUHT) and Sally Dennis (Speech and Language Therapist, Clinical Specialist in Voice, RLBUHT), Lauren Catherall (LIPA and Edge Hill University), Rachel Griffiths (LIPA and the Hammond), Clare Chandler (Edge Hill University), Hayli Kincade (LIPA and privately), Carrie Birmingham (Provox Liverpool and Leeds College of Music) and Jennifer Capstick (Provox Liverpool)

Images are available on the following Tweet: https://twitter.com/royallpoolhosps/status/1118115517703782401?s=21

Sally Dennis, Speech and Language Therapist


Mad About The Voice

We celebrated World Voice Day by realising a bunch of fun-filled short videos about the voice, which we released on Instagram and FaceBook every hour of the day "almost".  We have also included the BVA as a resource

Take a look at the link here: http://www.madaboutthevoice.com/worldvoiceday

Joshua Alamu, Vocal Coach


North East
The Vocal Room

The Vocal Room workshop

In support of the British Voice Association, the directors of The Vocal Room designed two free sessions to celebrate the voice and raise awareness of how to keep performing voices healthy. Both sessions were held in Newcastle on World Voice Day, 2019.

The first workshop was facilitated by Pippa Anderson who led an interactive presentation at Theatre Royal. The theme was ‘Vocal Health for Actors’ and participants included actors in training from both Project A who are based at the theatre, and students from Skara in Sweden.

The session included strategies for keeping the voice healthy for longevity of career and a brief introduction into the anatomy and physiology of the voice. There were opportunities to explore effective ways to warm up and cool down, and the group tried out some useful technical exercises which build vocal skills. Additionally, there was also a discussion informed by the BVA Voice Care articles about what to do when you have a cold or what to do if vocal health became a concern.

The second workshop was led by Hannah Taylor and was entitled ‘The Healthy Young Pop Singer’. This was a 60-minute vocal session for young aspiring vocalists and it was held at the prestigious Blast Recording studios. The session was designed to help raise awareness of the importance of keeping young CCM voices healthy and covered basic anatomy, warming up and cooling down and voice care strategies.

Pippa Anderson, Voice Coach, Singing Teacher



To mark World Voice Day, I was interviewed on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester on 4th April to make people aware in advance of the actual day.  The radio station also made reference to World Voice Day several times on 16th April.

The three excerpts of my interview are on BBC Sounds – the interview was on 4th April with Kate Justice: the timestamps for the three sections are 36 mins 57 secs / 53 mins 53 secs / 1hr 38 mins 40 secs.

Emma Winscom, Singing Teacher


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