Vocal Health Toolkit

Wednesday 9th October 2024

Twilight, online training sessions for anyone working with singers, either in the community or in the classroom

Each session includes 75 minutes of training, plus 15 minutes for discussion.

Session are held on Zoom, from 5 to 6.30pm, with a link sent out to participants the day before. All sessions are recorded, so you can attend the session live or catch up with the recording later at a time to suit you!

Individual Sessions: £15/session, (£10/session abcd members)

Full series: buy all four sessions for £50, (£30 abcd members).

Find out more about joining abcd here.

Session 1 - 9 October: Working with Young Voices with Olivia Sparkhall

Choir directors are often the first port of call for a young singer when they encounter a problem with their voice but it's not always easy to know what to say. This session will equip you to offer up-to-date advice but, even more importantly, will teach you how to work with children to keep their voices healthy as they go through puberty. We'll look at whether it's worth doing vocal warm-ups and cool-downs, what sort of difference staying hydrated can make, and whether it's alright to eat dairy on the day of a concert. In this session, Olivia Sparkhall will cover some vocal anatomy and explain what to look out for with teens going through voice-change, how the monthly cycle can affect girls, and how to help boys through the different stages of their vocal development.

Olivia Sparkhall will deliver another twilight session on 10th October for young singers aged 11 - 18: Looking After Your Voice: a session for young singers. Find out more here.

Session 2 - 7 November: Working in the Classroom with Charles MacDougall

Further details coming soon!

Session 3 - 23rd January 2025: Vocal Health for Amateur Choirs and their conductors with Joanna Tomlinson

Conductor and Vocal Coach Joanna Tomlinson leads a session for amateur singers and choral directors on how to look after your voice. We will not only look at day-to-day vocal health, but also consider what to do if there's a vocal problem. We'll look at exercises and how to sing well in rehearsals to protect your voice. We will also consider how conducting gesture affects the way the singers use their voice.

Session 4: 26 February 2025 Managing Voice Changes in the mature singer with Dr Jenevora Williams

In this training session, Dr Jenevora Williams will outline the changes in the voice as singers move through into their golden years; help your singers to learn about how to reduce effort and increase stamina, how to maintain a healthy singing voice for a lifetime, and how to avoid vocal illness and injury. Get the best results from your choir with expert advice on healthy voice use, coupled with some simple exercises and vocal awareness to help your singers.

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