Why everyone wants to learn about Belting …

Why everyone wants to learn about Belting …Last century, when I left drama school, everyone wanted to Belt. It seemed every musical theatre audition was all about how high and how loud and not much else. This was when Les Miz was the musical of the moment and ‘Sha-a-a-a-ammmme!” was the phrase that everyone wanted to emulate. (Thanks, Patti[1].)Back then,…

“Unless you are an enormous name, you never stop auditioning”.

“Unless you are an enormous name, you never stop auditioning”.Richard E. Grant A Few Notes on Auditions Not many people actually like auditioning but it is an unavoidable fact of life for all but a few privileged performers. However, it really doesn’t have to be such a painful experience if one applies a few basic, common sense rules and maintains…

"Poetry is thoughts that breathe and words that burn"

"Poetry is thoughts that breathe and words that burn"Thomas GrayUsing Poetry in Training Actors and SingersAt the Royal Academy of Music, as in all conservatoires, there are compulsory competitions. Every department has its particular competitions, many of which are established to remember certain benefactors, alumni, teachers or great performers who have special connections with the Academy.When Mary Hammond set up…

Woman to New York Cab Driver: "Can you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?" Cab Driver: "Practise, lady, practise"

August 2012 After an unprecedentedly busy July, running two consecutive Complete 5 Day Courses, the Advanced Course in London and another in Helsinki immediately afterwards, I stopped to draw breath only to have it taken away by the extraordinary feats of the athletes at the Olympics.To me, the parallels between elite athletes and the training demands of elite performers are both…

Breathing, Support and Estill Model

April 2012 A slightly late blog after the course in February at the RAM with the fabulous Ed Blake, physiotherapist extraordinaire.While it’s pretty hard to argue over the importance of breathing to life generally, its rôle in voice work is seriously misunderstood and often inappropriately emphasised by many voice teachers, both in speaking and singing. Many people mistakenly believe that because the…