The name 'the nature of sound' brings together the sound world of our natural environment - birdsong, wind, traffic, the natural sounds of human expression - with a feeling for sound's own nature, sound's own soul
What The Nature of Sound offers
The Nature of Sound
Song, as you teach it, is not desire, not
a wooing of something that's finally attained;
song is existence....
learn to forget how you sang....
Real singing is a different kind of breath.
A nothing breath. A ripple in the god. A wind.
- RAINER MARIA RILKE 'Sonnets to Orpheus'
The Nature of Sound
offers courses, seminars and workshops and individual sessions for everyone interested in singing, sound, voice, movement and consciousness. In most cases, no prior experience is needed. All experience is welcome!! Please click on the tabs above for details.
I have been teaching voice and singing since 1985, basically following a lead pointed to by the dancer
Elsa Wolliaston. She pointed out that I did everything through my ears. Her feedback also led me to consider that a person's potential and being could be viewed from a different standpoint than I had hitherto imagined.
I have taught in a variety of institutions, clients including The National Theatre, the universities of London (Goldsmiths), Leicester, Plymouth and Chichester, Punjab and Trichur. I taught voice at Arturo Schauspielschule in Cologne over a period of 12 years and have continued a public workshop programme for over 30 years.
I am grateful to Gilles Petit, K.R. Sivasankara Pannikar and movement artist Suprapto Suryodarmo for all their support and guidance and friendship.
I am also a qualified Craniosacral practitioner, and a student of the Ridhwan School, following the Diamond Approach.
MuGaCha 2009 with Adrian Lee, Suprapto Suryodarmo, recording Tim Jones
I was asked last year to contribute a chapter for a book ‘Time in PerformerTraining’. It was felt I could offer a perspective that might be interesting for the reader.
I had the idea to interview my teacher’s daughter, Indu and was very happy when she responded by sending many emails telling her story.
The process of weaving Indu's narrative within the theme of the book and as it fell in also with my own thoughts and experience was hugely enjoyable. The chapter's title is:
Formative trainings in Carnatic vocal music: a three-way conversation through time
Now available through Routledge
for details of all upcoming workshops and events click here
begins from the premise:
"to be by sharing is the soul of living reality"
in this we offer a perspective of shared and valued humanness awake within the sensuous language of the world, explored through Songworlds three ways of knowing: song, inquiry and the practice of Amerta Movement
songworlds/the body of the therapist
in Pescara, Italy
April 30th - May 4th 2020
songworlds in Dorset at Folke Manor Farm, October date tbc
blossoming sound chants and song
regular Friday evening sessions at the Orchard Dharma Centre Herefordshire, with individual sessions given during the day. Also in Lincoln and other venues
energy, creative collaboration and wellbeing in organisations
5th International Working Conference 13th - 16th June