learning to Singing
Bio: Singing can stem from a natural talent, through to a learned skill. When it comes to vocal styles, the method of teaching can change radically as to the style of music, ranging from opera through to pop.
Singing is the original instrument of humanity, and any that says they are 'tone deaf' really means 'I just haven't found my voice yet'. Everyone can learn to sing!
Singing Lessons: We teach the voice from 4 years and up, and sometimes it is combined with learning the piano.
Singing in performance
Ineza Kerschkamp is a Rwanden born Belgian jazz singer. She started out singing classical music at the age of 15 but would 2 years later make the transition to jazz music. She studied jazz vocals at the conservatoire of Maastricht in The Netherlands and is currently studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for music and dance in London. Ineza is a talented composer and has performed her own music at the jazz Maastricht festival. She's currently signed to D/A music group in London and is in the proces of creating and bringing out her debut single. Next to jazz she's also inspired by pop and soul music and she has experience in teaching these musical styles. Ineza is a motivated and dedicated tutor who enjoys helping her students finding their own voice and musical identity.
British baritone Wesley Biggs is in demand throughout the classical repertoire for the use of his “… magnificent [baritone] voice” (Discover magazine) and has “wowed the choir and audience alike” throughout the UK. He recently appeared as: Jack Point, Yeoman of the Guard (RCMIOS), Papageno, Die Zauberflöte (RCMIOS), Shaunard, La Bohème (Opera Alberelli) Death, Savitri (Shrewsbury Cantata), The Father, Hänsel und Gretel (Leamington Sinfonia) and for his Michele in Puccini’s Il Tabarro (BCO), Wesley’s interpretation was described as “believable… and tormented” (Birmingham Post).
Wesley is sought around the UK for the concert platform and recent engagements include: Elijah (Shrewsbury Cantata), Mozart’s Requiem (Orpheus Choir), Handel's Messiah (Market Harborough Choral Society), Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem (Ludlow Orchestra). Wesley is often booked to perform Stainer’s Crucifixion after many highly acclaimed performances and regularly sings in opera galas around the country.
Wesley has had the honour of receiving coaching from internationally renown artists, conductors and scholars such as Mary King, Richard Stokes, Stephen Barlow, Philip Headlam, Stuart Wilde, Christopher Middleton and Peter Selwyn to name but a few.
He is the winner of the Mayoral Trophy for operatic performance and finalist of the 2014 Mario Lanza Opera Competition.
Wesley is also an experienced teacher and pedagog. He has helped students prepare for ABRSM exams in singing and offers a structures learning plan for those who do not wish to take exams. Wesley has delivered school based classroom workshops focusing particularly on encouraging boys to begin singing. He has prepared pupils for Grade 5 Theory examinations and tutored GCSE Music. Wesley's students have ranged from early years children to mature adults.
Whilst juggling his busy schedule, Wesley continues his studies at the Royal College of Music where he is an RCM Award Holder supported by a Musicians' Company Lambert Mentorship. Wesley studies under the direction of his Vocal Professor Justin Lavender and Repertoire coach John Blakely.
Deborah is an italian singer and pianist based in the UK who began her artistic career at the age of 9, participating in several Opera productions of Donizetti theatre in Bergamo: Carmen (Bizet) , La Bohème (Puccini) Tosca (Puccini).
During her studies in piano and singing early in her life she fell in love with the voices of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and many others stars of the Soul music scene and she decided that she would have dedicated her entire life to music.
In 2009 she became EVT certified master teacher and she started to teach in different music school in Italy and Switzerland. Meanwhile she started to study with Albert Hera (Bobby McFerrin) and thanks to him she discovered the Circle songs world and she deepened her skills approaching other singing techniques, as BAPNE, a method created by Dr Javier Romero Naranjo which aims to develop the multiple intelligences related to singing.
In 2012 she got a Musictherapy degree and she started to work as music therapist for children with autism at Maugeri Hospital (Milano) and Fondazione Sospiro (Crema).
Over the years she has been also working as lead vocalist for different bands, gigging around Italy, Switzerland and the UK, working in many luxury hotels around the world and taking part of international projects.
David Mather is currently studying music performance in the London College of Music. His principle study is trumpet, but is multi-talented, so also plays the violin and teaches singing. David has taught private pupils on both instruments and has taken many through the ABRSM examinations. He has a great deal of experience in music tuition, working with Lambeth music services teaching both one-to-one lessons and also classroom music lessons.
In terms of performing, David has vast musical experience in a number of different ensembles, including orchestra and brass ensembles; most recently travelling to China and playing with Julian Lloyd Webber and the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (conductor Vasily Petrenko).
Sam started singing at the age of eleven when he became a chorister at Lincoln Cathedral, laying the groundwork for Sam’s training as a musician. Following this Sam went on to study at Oundle School, focussing on piano and voice. Sam currently balances his work as a Lay Clerk at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford with the private teaching and singing regularly in other ensembles including The Sixteen, The Erebus Ensemble and Siglo de Oro. Sam is also frequently booked as a soloist.
Sam is a young professional singer based in Oxford and London, who currently sings for the choir at Christ Church Cathedral Oxford, providing music for the eight regular services each week. Sam’s teaching experience started working at Truro School just after leaving school. Here he was primarily involved in accompanying pupils’ exams and recitals but he also taught theory and gave additional coaching in piano and singing where required. Since leaving Truro Sam has graduated with a degree in Music from Manchester University, sung as a Lay Clerk at Manchester and Ely Cathedrals, taught private lessons, accompanied and conducted various ensembles and helped out as an assistant on outreach and education programmes developed by various vocal ensembles.
In his spare time, Sam enjoys good food and wine, going on long walks and watching rugby.
Paolo Marelli is an Italian guitarist, currently continuing his studies at Tech Music School doing performance degree. Paolo is a graduate from CPM, one of the most prestigious Italian music institutes. He has more than 10 years experience with tribute-acts and function bands, among them most noticeable were the band AKKA who recently provided music for the BBC's Eastenders and toured internationally.
During his professional career, he collaborated as a session musician with Italian Dance Labels Time Records and Minimal Chic Studio.
Paolo has been teaching privately for ten years, and taught at Kledi Dance Academy before moving to London to polish his skills both as a performer and as a tutor.
Aside from teaching, he currently performs with the duo Paolo & Julia and with many other function bands.
Mariana studied recorder, singing and keyboard at the Portuguese National Music Conservatoire in her native city of Lisbon. She was a founding member of this school’'s early music group Turba Conservatoriense, and was part of the National Conservatoire Baroque Orchestra. She was a member of the Peregrinação Choir at the same school, with which she recorded an album in 2008. She furthered her recorder studies at the Castelo Branco Polytechnic Institute, earning her Master of Music. She also holds a Bachelor of Musicology by the Lisbon Nova University.
She has performed numerous concerts around Portugal, both as a soloist and as part of a group, including a concert at the Belem Cultural Centre in a concert transmitted live by Antena 2 and later broadcast by BBC 3. Mariana has sung in several chamber, symphonic and operatic choirs, and in 2002 was invited to become a member of the Lisbon Chamber Choir with which she recorded 5 albums. Since her move to the UK she has joined the London Philharmonic Choir and continues working as a soloist. Parallel to her life as a performer, she has dedicated herself to teaching, having taught recorder, instrumental ensemble and choir at schools such as the Caldas da Rainha Conservatoire and the Portuguese National Music Conservatoire.
Liesl Adriaans is a Contemporary Vocalist and Instrumentalist, born in Johannesburg, South Africa.She has a background in Classical, Gospel and Contemporary Music, and her influences lie in the soul and jazz genres. She has extensive experience performing in notable venues around the world, such as the Laeiszhalle performance hall in Germany with her church choir, the Royal Albert Hall in 2007, as part of a musical ensemble with her high school, and in many different music venues around London as a solo vocalist. She has been classically trained in Piano from the age of eleven, and trained in contemporary styles in Vocals from the age of fourteen.
Liesl is currently in her second year of BIMM University, studying Popular Music Performance. Following her degree, she hopes to go on to achieving her Masters Degree in Jazz Studies. She has been teaching beginner/intermediate Piano and Singing privately for the past year, and she has taught students from the ages of 3 up to the ages of 14. Liesl has a positive and upbeat energy, and she always aims to ensure when teaching, that her lessons are interactive and as enjoyable as possible, by tailoring her teaching methods specifically to each student.
Davide Sciortino is a professional singer-songwriter and producer. Originally from Palermo (Italy) he started his music career at a very young age, performing on stage with some of the biggest Italian artists on the scene.His background is mainly soul music and jazz as Davide musically grew up studying on soul classics of Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke and Donny Hathaway before moving towards jazz standards and hip hop. He moved to London in 2009 and he is now a graduate at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (London), currently among the best universities in Europe for its music education. He is currently lead singer and musical director of London based soul bands Retrospective For Love and The Fresh Prints. He is also resident musician for top London venues such as The Bassoon Bar and Harvey Nichols (OXO Tower).Davide has taught singing and piano, and music technology to people from an early age to their late 40s. Having worked as a nanny for many years in past, he approaches teaching children in the most natural way. He is very passionate about education and he strongly thinks that music can open people's mind and can help them building good self-confidence while having fun.
Chris Sas graduated with a degree in guitar performance from The Musicians Institute of Technology in Hollywood CA, in March 2012. While at the Musicians Institute he was fortunate to study under some of the best teachers on the west coast and attend clinics from guitar legends such as Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Vai, and Darryl Jones the bass player for The Rolling Stones.
After graduation Chris returned to his home in Vancouver, Canada and started teaching guitar lessons and performing in the Canadian club scene. His 2013 his single " She's Mighty Fine" did well winning song of the day on the Vancouver Music Review as well as song of the week on New Music Canada.
After moving to London to live with his British wife, Chris started teaching privately and enjoys helping students develop their skills and achieve their goals as musicians.
Chloe graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance last year. She also gained a Licentiate of Trinity College London Diploma in Instrumental and Vocal teaching. Chloe began performing from the age of 9 and enjoyed many years touring and competing in National Music festivals both in an ensemble and as a soloist. At the age of 15 Chloe won a place with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and furthered her studies at Trinity Laban. More recently Chloe has sung at many BBC proms, competed at the Junior Kathleen Ferrier Competition and performed at the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. She now enjoys a varied career as a freelance Singer and Teacher of Piano and Singing.
Anastasiia is a professional classical singer. She grew up in a family of musicians and has been surrounded by music from a very young age. She started her music studies at the age of eight as a pianist and at the age of sixteen, she has been offered a place at the Severodenetsk Music college as a choir conductor. During her college years, she performed a lot as a singer. A large part of her education was devoted to working with children; different methods, choosing the correct repertoire for children, working with different voice types and various vocal techniques to teach pupils correct singing. She has an advanced theoretical background knowledge.
She has been teaching children singing and piano as a part of her college course and then worked for Jewish Children Club which equipped her with many practical skills as well as understanding children's psychology and behaviour.
She is currently studying at Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a Classical singer, where she continues to improve her vocal techniques and performing skills.
Qualifications: Trinity College of Music (Postgraduate)
Biography: Amanda began her musical education at the age of 6, when she joined the local Church choir and started piano lessons. For the following 10 years she toured the country singing in various cathedrals with many different choirs, whilst also developing her skills on the piano and organ. At the age of 16 Amanda started learning the French Horn and although she continued her singing through the choral scholarships she held at Royal Holloway, University of London and St Martin-in-the-Fields, it was horn playing that Amanda wanted to pursue as a career. She studied the horn at postgraduate level at Trinity College of Music and since then has been enjoying a varied and challenging career as a freelance horn player. Recent opportunities have included playing with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Concert Orchestra and English Pops Orchestra. Aside from music, Amanda's interests include animals, reading and Tudor history. She has an awesome cat called Merlin and she dreams of one day making enough money as a horn player to be able to own a horse!!