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World Voice Day 2020
The British Voice Association's contribution to World Voice Day 2020
World Voice Day is on April 16th and the British Voice Association has added further to its collection of information leaflets in honour of the occasion. The title of the 2020 leaflet is 'Make the right choice for your voice' featuring ten top tips to help maintain vocal health for everyone who relies on their voice for work or pleasure.
This new leaflet will be circulated to our membership and is available for the public to download from our 'Free resources' page.
How BVA members supported World Voice Day 2020
Singing Teacher/Performer, Worcestershire
To celebrate World Voice Day 2020 I gave a free training session online about voice care. One perk of the class being online was that the workshop reached loads of people, including teachers in Jersey and Northern Ireland.
Speech & Language Therapist (Voice), Cambridgeshire
As I am working from home presently, I put the World Voice Day poster on my windows as a lot of people go dog walking past my house! I have also requested that it goes into the local newsletter for the area so that people can gain some insight into and have a think about looking after their voice in isolation, especially as there will be more vocal effort in speaking across the 2 metre divide! I am also requesting staff communications to put it into the regular updates that are circulated at the moment. When I return to work, I shall be distributing the 2020 leaflet re: Make The Right Choice for Your Voice within the local hospital and community bases.
Maria Ambrosio (aka Marzia Ambrosio)
Speech & Language Therapist, Singer, London
I recorded a video and I posted it on my social platforms showing and explaining one of my favourite voice exercises.
Principal Speech and Language Therapist, Western Sussex Hospitals
Here's me carrying out one of my first Attend Anywhere SLT video clinics on World Voice day 2020. The celebration was getting the IT to work and having some positive feedback from the first groups of patients participating in it.
Voice and Performance Coach, Leeds
"Speak Up! A lively workshop for boring speakers." Run by Leeds Voice Day, aka Jane Oakshott MBE Voice and Performance Coach, and Jo Donnelly Speech and Language Therapist.
As the name implies "Speak Up" is a practical and interactive workshop: it’s quite standard in structure, with a variable theme and flexible to the individual needs of each participant. The focus this time was to be 'audience rapport' - live audience, that is!
So, the necessary move online meant some rapid shifting of mental gears, a flurry of practice with Zoom, and a few fairly minor tweaks to exercises. On the day, one rapid development from a diction exercise was a lively in-depth discussion: of language in general, words in particular, the internal effect of clear diction, and the uses of onomatopoeia in persuasion.
Had "Speak Up" not been timed to celebrate World Voice Day we might well have cancelled it, instead of Zooming. We’d have missed out big time: "Superb workshop" was the first comment about it on Yell.com; and Leeds Voice Day learnt a lot about grasping the nettle to find a butterfly.
So here’s to WVD and long may it continue!
Craig Antony Lees
Vocal Coach, Choral Leader, Leeds
To support World Voice Day 2020, I had a promotion on my 1:1 online vocal tuitions with a small donation from every booking going to the British Voice Association.