About Us

Welcome to The Voice Explained, the website of Anne-Marie Speed and Associates. Here you will find information on voice and singing workshops for anyone interested in developing their vocal skills.

Whether you are a beginner wanting to explore your vocal potential, an established professional wishing to fully develop your voice or solve persistent vocal problems or a teacher who wishes to know more about the voice, we have a range of courses, workshops as well as the option of private lessons and bespoke sessions for your company, business or school.

We offer courses in Voice and Performance for both the singing and speaking voice. We are also offer courses in Estill Voice Training, a uniquely practical explanation of vocal function that has transformed the understanding of how the voice works. Our team of Estill Mentors and Course Instructors are the most experienced and qualified Estill practitioners in the UK. We have been presenting courses since 1997 and developed a range of workshops to complement the core information in Levels 1 & 2 in Estill Voice Training.

Get the best from your voice!

We can also design workshops or courses for schools, choirs, businesses and individuals. We have created and presented courses for many different organisations, both arts and business based. Please contact us here if you would like to discuss how we can help your organisation.

Knowledge is power.

Anne-Marie Speed

Anne-Marie Speed
  • Director, The Voice Explained
  • Estill Mentor Teacher and Course Instructor with Service Distinction and Advanced Testing Privileges
  • Estill Lifetime Achievement Award 2019
  • International Vocal Coach / Voice & Singing Teacher / Accent, Dialect & Acting Coach
  • Professor, Vocal Faculty, Musical Theatre Course, Royal Academy of Music, London since 1994
  • President, British Voice Association 2001-2002

Anne-Marie has been working as a voice teacher, singing teacher, vocal, acting and accent coach for almost 30 years within film, theatre, music theatre, TV and CCM.

She established The Voice Explained (Anne-Marie Speed & Associates) in 2001 in order to promote the teaching and reach of Estill Voice Training within the UK and internationally alongside her other work within the performing arts industry. Since then she has regularly run popular workshops in Voice, Performance and Estill Voice Training throughout the world. She has been Professor of Spoken Word on the Musical Theatre course at the Royal Academy of Music since the course started in 1994 and was President of the British Voice Association 2001-2002.

Her numerous credits include: vocal coach on Britain’s Got Talent and X Factor in 2011; Britain’s Got Talent 2012;voice, singing and dialect coach on dozens of West End shows and plays including Stones in His Pockets (West End) , Singin’ in the Rain (West End and tour) , The Wizard of Oz (Royal Festival Hall), Lost in the Stars (Royal Festival Hall), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (West End) , From Here to Eternity which opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre, the Menier Chocolate Factory revival production of Candide , Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre, provided voice and dialect work for An American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre in London, the new production of Obsession directed by Ivo van Hoveat the Barbican, the new London production of Heathers at The Other Palace in London , vocal coach on Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in the West End, vocal and accent coach on the touring production of Hair , directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, vocal coach on The Man of La Mancha at the Coliseum directed by Lonnie Price. She was vocal coach on Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the London Palladium and Ivan and the Dogs at the Young Vic. She had been working on Pretty Woman was just about to start on City of Angels before lockdown.

Her television work includes the critically acclaimed ITV drama Cilla, Dr Zhivago and Doc Martin.

Her film work include Beauty and the Beast for Disney, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Cinderella, written and directed by Kay Cannon who wrote and directed the Pitch Perfect movies, Blithe Spirit, the new Disney live action movie Pinocchio and Pistol, the new TV drama about the Sex Pistols directed by Danny Boyle.

Since 2010, Anne-Marie has been training teachers in the Estill Voice Training (Estill Master Trainers), embedding it within a broader pedagogical context. She now has more than 70 teacher trainees who have ether completed or who are currently in training. They are much in demand and head or teach at some of the UK’s most prestigious training programmes, including musical theatre, drama schools and classical courses.

During lockdown, Anne-Marie has shifted courses online, often working alongside respected friends and colleagues to offer quality, affordable information to anyone interested in technical voice work and performance coaching in different styles and genres. There have been courses in other essential support skills such accents and self-taping auditions with more to come. The popularity of these online offerings means that they will continue after lockdown alongside in-person seminars, workshops and courses.

Estill & Me

Anne-Marie Speed and Jo Estill

I have used the information I learnt from Jo Estill every single day of my professional life in the almost 30 years it has been since I first trained with her on the very first course here in the UK in 1992.

I was so lucky to keep working and training with her for many years, from when she asked me to assist her in Copenhagen in 1994, in Italy, Holland and Australia as well as the many courses here in the UK, bringing her back for her last course in London in 2001. Then there were the many unforgettable times I stayed with in her apartment in Santa Rosa en route to New Zealand and Australia to visit family and friends while fitting in a few courses and workshops at the same time.

Estill has informed all of my work, including the 40+ musicals and plays, the 30+ films and TV programmes, the 27 years of working on the musical theatre programme at the Royal Academy of Music here in London, the hundreds of workshops on specialist performance and vocal workshops presented internationally, thousands of hours of private lessons and the ongoing 11 years of Estill teacher training.

It continues to inform my understanding of what voice is, what it has the potential to be and how to get the best from it.

This is what I share with all of my clients, from those starting out to elite performers working at the top of their game.

It works, for everyone, speaking and singing, actors and singers, performers and teachers, beginners and experts.

If you want to get the best from your voice, you have to engage with the best practise, for YOU!

This is what Estill gives you,

To repurpose a popular quote:

“The best time to begin meaningful practise was yesterday, the second best time is now”.

It will give you more choices than you thought possible.

Join us on a course and find out what you are really capable of.