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January 01, 2020

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"To assert or not to assert?"

June 14, 2018

Being able to communicate clearly and assertively has long been a challenge for many. The Centre for Strategy and Communication (Old Street) asked me to write this blog piece for them as a vocal presentations trainer.

Take a read now to learn how to use assertiveness in the workplace!

Speaking at the 'Midlands Voice Conference" (September 2018)

June 11, 2018

I received a lovely invitation today and I'm very excited to announce that I will be presenting at the Midlands Voice Conference that will be held at Northampton University on Friday, 14th September, 2018.

I will be covering the topic:

Diversity in Voice Training -

"Identifying and managing the challenges of inclusivity and diversity within voice training in drama conservatoire environments"

Winning my first scholarship from VASTA!

May 09, 2019

I am overjoyed to announce that I just received an email letting me know that I am scholarship recipient for the 2018 Clyde Vinson Memorial Scholarship through the VASTA organisation (Voice and Speech Trainers Association).

Excited to go to the annual conference in Seattle this year in August!

Thank you so much - I will do you proud on my voice journey.

S. xx

Who was Clyde Vinson?

Clyde Vinson taught for more than thirty years, both in universities and privately in New York City. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and spent two years with The Working Theatre, a training program in voice, movement and acting founded by Kristin Linklater, Joseph Chaikin and Peter Kass. He organized the Court Theatre in Detroit, Michigan and directed there for three years. Clyde was on the faculty of Wayne State University and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He worked at the Circle Repertory Theatre in New York City and eventually opened his own Studio there. When the Royal Shakespeare Company came to Broadway, Clyde worked with the company, and when Derek Jacobi won his Tony Award he thanked Clyde in his acceptance speech. Clyde's last published work was an interview he did with Derek, which appeared in the January 1989 issue of Text and Performance Quarterly.

 

Clyde wished it to be known that his death resulted from AIDS. He is survived by his family in Texas, and by loving friends and students in New York, and in theatres everywhere.

'How to master the art of public speaking once and for all'

May 17, 2018

Most people work in jobs where they need to do some type of public speaking at some point in their careers. With public speaking, lots of fear and anxiety often comes up.

I was interviewed by Moya Crockett from Stylist Magazine last week for the  'Big Yourself Up' column.

Take a read now to learn how to CRUSH your nerves!

Voice & Business Workshops

March 28, 2018

Today was my first day teaching in Farringdon!

It was a workshop for "Communication Skills", which was very interesting as a course that is offered to the public.

It was amazing to see how much the participants progressed in the work throughout the day. 

 

A very important note in communications skills, is that LISTENING is just as important as speaking. I know that most of us are using to thinking about speaking & being heard.

Listening, is often overlooked.

On The Air - BBC Radio 1Xtra - Charlie Sloth Show

January 30, 2018

Yesterday, I received a very interesting opportunity to help Sideman out with his native accent. We had a 20 minute voice session to work on shifting his Urban Brummy accent towards RP!

Charlie Sloth had set him out on a challenge to pick up the Queen's English overnight with his job on the line.

It was a fantastic chance to see how far one can shift their accent without prior voice training in a drama school! We found that by placing the voice more high pitched it was easier to shift out of Sideman's native accent. Obviously, it will take more time to master the accent - as many of my 1st & 2nd year drama students know!

Thumbs up to Sideman for facing the challenge head on & letting all the listeners hear his current interpretation of RP. 

Thanks to BBC Radio 1 for involving me & having me on air in Slothland!

VASTA's Blog #MYVOICECAN - September Feature

September 15, 2017

 

The Interdisciplinary Engagement Committee’s #MYVOICECAN blog is live with September’s feature!

 

This month on the #MyVoiceCan blog, VASTA is proud to feature another one of our very own, Sylvie Lui - Voice Coach!

Find out how Sylvie can and does use her voice in this world:


https://www.vasta.org/my-…/myvoicecan-featuring-sylvie-lui-1

***Do you know someone doing incredible things in their community and using their voice in the world? Of course, you do! We all have people that inspire us. We want to hear from some of your inspirations! Send over their name, email, and a brief description of how they're using their voice in this world to blog(at)vasta.org! Who’s voice inspires you?!***

Standing Ovation in Ostend!

August 04, 2017

Our final performance was part of the Theatre by the Sea Festival in Ostend, Belgium.
The choir did spectacularly well, considering having had a couple heavier rehearsals during the week and a prior performance!
Every seat inside the hall was filled and the majority of the performance was performed in Flemish (except our songs, acting and poetry recitations). The audience was extremely receptive and moved by our performance, leading to a standing ovation.
At the end of the performance, Dr. Thomas Moors (founder of the charity) was taken thru some Q&A by a prominent Belgian broadcaster. Amidst the audience were many famous Belgians, who have been in touch with the charity since. 
And most importantly - other fellow Belgian laryngectomees arrived and engaged with us after the event. It was such a magical experience to share and expand the community! Emotions were felt from all over the place, the venue became a space of LOVE and Acceptance! 
Now how beautiful is that?

Our First Performance in Ghent - Shout at Cancer Belgium Tour

August 02, 2017

After exploring Ghent on foot for a couple days with the Laryngectomee Choir at Shout at Cancer Charity UK, we finally made it to our first performance space on our Belgium Tour.

The event took place at the Aula, University of Ghent - a magnificent space on Thursday, August 3, 2017.

Our choir, acting and poetry readings were the highlight performance for the 25th Anniversary for the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM) Conference.

The response from the conference participants was phenomenal and we had a great time at the reception celebration following our event!

Up next? Ostend, Belgium.

Bravo!

The Phantom of the Opera/The Three Musketeers - Oxford Workshops

January 14, 2016

Thank you to the Drama Society at Oxford University for inviting me to up coach some of their stage productions including, "The Three Musketeers (2015) and "The Phantom of the Opera" (2016).

The casts have been great groups to work with & bursting with talent. I can not wait to watch them take the stage!

 

Break Legs!  Toi, Toi, Toi! xx.

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama - University of London

September 06, 2015

Hello all,

 

I am happy to announce the commencement of my studies of Masters of Fine Arts in Voice Studies at Royal Central this coming October.

 

Exciting adventures and discoveries await across the pond! xx.

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