The name 'the nature of sound' brings together the sound world of our natural environment - birdsong, wind, traffic, the sounds of human expression - with a feeling for sound's own nature, sound's own soul
The Nature of sound offers both courses and individual sessions.
Songworlds and the Group Relations Conference ECW (Energy, Creative Collaboration and Wellbeing) have become the primary ways within which my work is offered, in an online or hybrid format, as well as the summer/early autumn retreat 'Songworlds at...'
Both Songworlds and ECW, in differing ways,
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'
I have been teaching voice and singing since 1985, basically following a lead pointed to by the dancer
Elsa Wolliaston. She said that I did everything was 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
Songworlds in China: online
022 - February 2023
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For January 2023, the second edition of the Group Relations Conference Energy, Creative Collaboration and Wellbeing, welcomes the challenges of life online, an environment where the weave of languages available, expressive of being and of human sensitivity and interrelatedness, are open for exploration.